Puerto Escondido is a seaside city in the state of Oaxaca. It’s absolutely beautiful, full of amazing beaches, great food and parties. It’s mostly known for it’s Playa Zicatela where the waves are so big and strong that surfers from all over the world come to try their strengths.
If you are a beginner, you will find something for yourself as well, but not on Zicatela. The current is so strong that it spit me out on the shore a few times!
Stretching out for 3 kilometers, it’s home to the famous Mexican Pipeline. World-class surfing competitions are being held here, as hundreds of people come to watch the show.
Off-season it’s a pretty quiet beach during the day and a crazy party place at night. No need to dress up, the clubs are directly on the beach, you won’t be wearing any shoes anyway.
La Punta Zicatela
At the very end of Playa Zicatela you will find the famous La Punta. A little hike from the end of the beach is a great sunset spot. Here, as the waves are smaller, non-professionals come to surf. Depending on the weather, you still need to be quite seasoned in order to even ger into the water 🙂
La Punta has its own vibe. No paved streets, tiki houses, international cuisine. It’s a mix of rustic and chic. Many people prefer to stay here instead of the center of Puerto Escondido.
Right in the center of the city, another beach is to be found. This one is very local, as you can spot many fishermen at almost any time of the day. Head over there early in the morning to buy fresh fish right off the boat.
Puerto Angel and Playa Manzanillo
Two little beaches connected via a rock formation. They both have day beds, a few restaurants, and calm waters to swim in. It can get crowded with families with kids. Not my cup of tea, but if you are traveling with kids and are looking for a calm place where the waves are not going to kidnap them, then this is it.
The scenic Playa Carizalillo is only accessible by boat or many many stairs. The stairs offer amazing views over the bay, so it’s definitely worth a trip.
Here, the beginners come to learn how to surf. You will see many surfing instructors and places to rent a board. On the beach, many people take advantage of calm waters and slow current to take a swim.
This little beach is a hidden gem of Puerto Escondido. As it’s quite difficult to access it’s empty all the time! There is one hotel over here, but the beach is not private. There was a time when you could have accessed it through a path leading from La Rinconada, but that was walled off. Now, the only way to access it is through Playa Baccocho. It’s a small walk and it’s worth it!
The best beach in Puerto Escondido if you ask me! It’s huge, with beautiful, big waves, and since it’s a little bit outside of the city, it’s empty. I mean empty: no hotels, bars, beach clubs (well, there is one, but at the very beginning), no people. It’s an absolute paradise!
A bonus: every day at 5 p.m. there is a turtle release on the beach. Definitely recommended!