Anyone who has ever exited the arrival gate at a major Latin American airport knows all about the mayhem that can ensue when the local taxi drivers converge to try and woo your business. It’s quite the experience!
Fortunately, both Puerto Escondido and Huatulco Airports are super chill. You won’t need to sweat getting hassled at all, as neither airport allows local taxis in to pick-up passengers.
The only drivers that are permitted to wait outside the gates are those that work for the official airport taxi company. They enjoy limited competition with this full monopoly, so they’ll simply ask you nicely if you need a taxi and if you answer “no, gracias” that’s the end of it.
Monopoly? That sounds expensive.
The official airport taxis do certainly cost more, especially at Huatulco. But the good thing is that their entire fleet is comprised of clean, safe, newer cars, and the drivers are more apt to be professional and travel at velocities closer to the speed limit.
If you’re arriving to Puerto Escondido the price you’ll pay for a taxi is reasonable enough that there’s no need to look for an alternative. Your hotel staff can pre-book the taxi for you so that there’s someone waiting with a name card at the gate, or you can simply turn left just after you pick up your baggage and you’ll find a little kiosk with friendly staff that will help you get where you are going.
However, if you are on a super tight budget and like to trim the fat whenever possible, the highway is just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road. Take a right out of the airport and walk for 5 minutes down the hill. You may have to wait a little while for a taxi to zoom past, but you ought to be able to flag one down no problem. A local taxi will only charge you a couple bucks to get to nearby hot spots like Playa Zicatela, and a couple more to head further out to La Punta.
Take advantage of the Huatulco workaround.
In Huatulco it’s a slightly different story, especially if your final destination is Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, Zipolite, or here at our place, Gecko Rock Resort. Official airport taxis are a bit overpriced so it is worth your while to take a 200m walk down to the main road to hop in a local taxi.
In fact, there’s a taxi stand (called Sitio in Mexico) just outside the gate that caters to travelers just like you! You can expect their fees to be around half what the official drivers ask for.
They’ve got a website, and if you’re staying with us and prefer to make a reservation ahead of time we can do that for you no problem.
If you’re staying somewhere in Bahías de Huatulco then the price difference between an official and local taxi isn’t nearly as great, especially since the airport taxi company also offers a group shuttle to any of the major beach hotels along the beautiful bays of Huatulco.
Go ahead and hold on to that tip, unless you get extra special service.
In Mexico it’s not customary to tip your taxi driver as a standard addition to every fare. By all means, if your driver gives you excellent service and goes out of his way to make sure you’ve had an enjoyable journey, then a small tip is definitely appreciated. But it’s not like the US and Canada where the driver is expecting a little something extra when he drops you off.
If you’ve got any questions, feel free to use the comment box down below.