Puerto Escondido

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Puerto Escondido which includes a beach, rocky coastline and tropical scenes
Internationally famous for its beaches and surf scene, this seaside town is also a gateway for tours to coffee plantations and ecotourism activities.

Popular among backpackers, families, honeymooners and surfers, Puerto Escondido is one of Mexico’s finest Pacific coast beach towns. Soak up the sun on pretty bays, ride big waves and spot colorful sea life. In the evening, choose from bohemian bars, seafood restaurants and friendly nightclubs. Puerto Escondido is also a great jumping-off point for eco-adventures and coffee tours.

The beaches, which spread in both directions from central Playa Principal, are the town’s major attraction. Reach them on foot or take taxis and water taxis. Watch experienced surfers riding big waves at the renowned Zicatela Beach or learn to surf in the mellow waves at La Punta.

West of the town center, Puerto Angelito Bay shelters two small, family-friendly beaches. Snorkel, join dolphin-spotting excursions and relax in casual beachfront restaurants at Puerto Angelito Beach. Enjoy the tranquil ambiance and calm water of neighboring Manzanillo Beach. West of these are the secluded, cliff-enclosed Carrizalillo and Bacocho beaches, both great spots to watch magnificent sunsets.

Engage with nature on kayaking and birdwatching tours of mangrove-framed lagoons. Manialtepec Lagoon is just 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Puerto Escondido while Chacahua Lagoon National Park is about an hour’s drive west of town.

Discover ancient fishing customs and sample traditional needlefish dishes in the village of Mazunte. Visit the National Mexican Turtle Center, which is devoted to the conservation of sea turtles. Other common daytrips include tours of nearby coffee plantations such as Finca El Faro and Finca El Pacifico.

Back in town, explore the bars, clubs and restaurants of El Adoquín. Browse artisan shops and pause to watch street performers. The area around Zicatela Beach is another busy nightlife district and a favorite with the surfer crowd.

Fly to Puerto Escondido International Airport, which is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the city center. This region is warm and sunny year-round and is particularly lively during the Fiestas de Noviembre (November Festivals), a month-long celebration of music, dance, food and surfing.

Where to stay in Puerto Escondido

Hotel Rockaway
Hotel Rockaway
3.5 out of 5
Calle del Morro s/n, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
The price is CA $85 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (240 reviews)
"Friendly"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2022

Hotel Santa Fe
Hotel Santa Fe
3.5 out of 5
Calle Del Morro S/N, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
The price is CA $114 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (493 reviews)
"It was nice for what you pay for this area. Don't expect a 5-star resort and you will be very satisfied with your stay. Our room size was very good and the ac and fan worked great. Would be nice to have a mini fridge to store food and drinks. Our only small issue was the bed. Man, it was stiff and ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2022

Casa Joseph Zicatela - Adults Only
Casa Joseph Zicatela - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
Av. Del Morro Los Tamarindos, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 70934
The price is CA $369 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Zicatela Beach and Punta Zicatela ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
"Great luxury hotel"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Quinta Carrizalillo
Quinta Carrizalillo
3 out of 5
Calle Focas 5, Fraccionamiento Rinconada, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and airport pick-up service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
"Our maid Enicia was kind and helpful. The rooms are unique in that they include a kitchen. The swimming pool is small but partially in the shade. It was humid when we visited and so we greatly appreciated the refreshing relief the pool brought."

Reviewed on Aug. 7, 2018

Casamar Suites
Casamar Suites
2.5 out of 5
Calle Puebla #407, Col. Brisas de Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Stay at this aparthotel in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (61 reviews)
"Beautiful, clean and very safe! Kids friendly too."

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2022

Suites Ximajo
Suites Ximajo
3.5 out of 5
Tamaulipas, SN, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 70934
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a children's pool. Popular attractions Zicatela Beach and Punta Zicatela ...
3/5 (1 review)
"Esta bien en general, habitacion amplia y limpia. La alberca sucia y no hay mantenimiento, no hay ni siquiera un bote de agua en la habitación de cortesía, pusieron cafetera pero sin cafe ni agua. En la mañana temprano el personal hace mucho ruido olvidando si venimos como huéspedes a descansar"

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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