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Huatulco Development Plans

Huatulco Eco Travel Development

After 1980, FONATUR, a government agency dedicated to the development of tourism in Mexico, acquired 21,000 hectares of land to develop a tourism center, similar to that in Cancun.

The existing population was relocated to Santa María Huatulco. The plan resulted in a great improvement of roads. It also had populated areas interspersed with "green zones" to make the area more ecologically-minded. In fact, Huatulco is one of the cleanest and grrenist developments plans in Mexico.

In addition to the beaches, one can explore and shop in the small communities of Huatulco, such as Santa Cruz, La Crucecita, or old Santa María Huatulco. When doing so, one can travel between the communities by local buses or taxis. The area known as Huatulco has a "small town" feel and is rarely ever crowded with tourists.

About 80% of all tourism in Huatulco is domestic in nature. Only about 20% of Huatulco's tourism is foreign, mainly because international air access is limited. Huatulco international airport is about 21 minutes away from the main resort areas of Tangolunda Bay. The peak season for foreign tourism is typically from December to April.