For a change of scenery, we jumped in a collectivo to Pochutla to catch a bus to Huatulco. The Bahias de Huatulco are 36 bays along the coast and are somewhat of a big tourist trap. At the bus stop we asked the kids working for the tourism office under an orange umbrella for a map of Huatulco. We picked Maguey Beach from the sketch and cabbed the 15 minute ride for P40.
Maguey is beautiful and we arrived before noon which gave us enough quiet beach time before the moneyed Mexican families arrived. When they did, all the vendors and restaurants arrived and opened, too, making the place a whole loud resort that wasn't exactly our preference. Only one good thing can come out from a tourist trap: better choices of food. We had fresh lobsters, oysters, and shrimps for lunch. Beware when you order ceviche; our shrimp ceviche was not actually just cooked in vinegar but was slathered with mayonnaise and heavy cream. We will find out later in most of the restaurants we went to that served comida corrida, daily lunch buffets, that a lot of Mexicans love their salad with mayonnaise. The lobster was grilled and as fresh as our oysters. Valentina hot sauce is always on the table and even I got used to adding hot sauce to everything.
Before the screaming kids start running along the beach, Maguey is a good spot to watch the locals. Women walk with their umbrellas picking up shells and small stones to sell and iguana owners will let you take photos with their pets for P10.
Our bus back to town broke down in the middle of the highway. We couldn't help but laugh when they told us we had to find our own ride back to the beach. Fortunately there are several bus lines that run the same route. We caught another bus heading to Pochutla, followed by the collectivo back to Mazunte. We enjoyed our last night in Mazunte with our second bottle of red wine and more bistek by the water and under the stars.
Bus to Bahias de Huatulco
P12 per person for an hour-ride which stops to pick people up along the way.
From Mazunte to Pochutla, the fare varies from P 7 to 10. The ride is about thirty minutes and it stops to pick up anyone who can fit inside and outside the truck. You press a buzzer to let the driver know he's approaching your stop and you pay him when you get off. From Pochutla, get off at Mazunte before it heads to the last stop of Zipolite.