Puerto Escondido is a town in the state of Oaxaca, most well known as a surf destination for worldly travellers. If you’re looking for the town’s name sake (Puerto Escondido means Hidden Port) you’ve probably some to the wrong place and somewhere like Zipolite might suit you better. But if you’re here to ride the waves, then grab your board and hit the beach, because they’re waiting for you.
Puerto Escondido has long been the holiday destination for beach bums looking for a tan, surfers wanting to ride the iconic Mexican Pipeline, and anyone wanting to escape winter for the beautiful Pacific Coast of Mexico. It’s also a big party spot. During the day, most people find themselves at the beach and in the water. Water sports are a big hit among everybody, but of course surfers steal the limelight.
The best beach for surfing is Playa Zicatela, which also happens to be the central area for most travelers. It is three kilometers long, and located at the eastern end of Bahia Principal. The majority of traveler services are at the northern end of Playa Zicatela, but you’ll find some nice accommodation options and café on the southern end worth checking out. If you aren’t a surfer yet but you’d like to be, then look down at the beach for a surf instructor, or try in one of the town’s surf shops. Once your day of surfing is done, there are a lot of lovely beach restaurants and cafes where you can just surf-watch, especially around sunset. These spots get pretty busy when the surf competitions are in town, so if you want to watch head down early.
Another popular Puerto Escondido beach is Playa Carrizalillo, which is not a bad surf break popular with beginners, and is also a safe swimming spot. The beach itself is quite small, and very pretty. It doesn’t get too crowded, but if you’re coming from the town you might want to take a taxi as it is about a 30 minute walk. This might not sound like much, but there’s also almost 170 stairs to get to the beach, so once you’ve climbed down and back up again, you’ll probably want the cab.
Of course, if surfing isn’t your thing there are still lots of things that you can do in Puerto Escondido. One option is to take a walk to the Andador, the lighthouse. This is a dangerous surf break, but the walking area is very beautiful, and worth seeing.
Another strong favorite among visitors is a boat trip out into the deeper seas to view the local wildlife. Turtles and dolphins are particularly prevalent in the seas surrounding Puerto Escondido, and there are a number of companies that offer trips out to see them. There’s nothing like seeing a pod of dolphins arching over the gorgeous Mexican sea, and it is definitively worth every penny.