Zicatela Beach

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Puerto Escondido’s liveliest beach offers attractions year-round with its big waves, international surf competitions, folk festivals and pulsating nightlife.

The long, straight stretch of golden sand at Zicatela Beach (Playa Zicatela) is the setting for Puerto Escondido’s most lively neighborhood. Nicknamed the “Mexican Pipeline” because of its powerful waves, the world-famous beach break here attracts surfers from all corners of the globe. Observe the wave riders in action and mingle with them back on dry land in the buzzing bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Stroll along the 2-mile (4-kilometer) beach and feel the soft sand between your toes. Pause to marvel at the big, rolling waves barreling into shore. The glistening blue water may look inviting but swimming isn’t advisable due to strong currents.

The main surfing season is from April to November, when you can experience near-perfect waves; however, professional and non-professional surfers descend upon the beach throughout the year. Rent boards and wetsuits from the surf shops on the beach and join them out in the water. If you’re a beginner, head for La Punta at the southern end of the bay to practice on smaller waves.

Zicatela Beach hosts several annual surf competitions, including one that is part of the town’s annual Fiestas de Noviembre (November Festivals), which celebrates various folk traditions and water sports. Besides surfing, the festival has live music and dance performances, fishing tournaments and a Miss Bikini contest.

Enjoy the infectious atmosphere at the waterfront bars and restaurants on the main street of El Morro. Dine on plates of fresh, delectable seafood while taking in ocean views. Lie back in a hammock, sip on a margarita and watch beautiful sunsets. After dark, dance the night away with the bohemian crowds.

Zicatela Beach is only a 20-minute walk from El Adoquín in Puerto Escondido’s town center. Parking is available on the beach road. If arriving by car, come early as spaces fill up fast.

A range of guesthouses, hotels and self-catering apartments provide accommodation for those that want to sleep a few steps from the beach.

Top Hotels Close to Zicatela Beach

Hotel Casablanca
Hotel Casablanca
3 out of 5
Avenida Perez Gasga 905, Puerto Escondido, OAX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $40 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Located in Bahía Principal, this hotel is steps from Commercial Walkway, Zicatela Beach, and Principal Beach. Marinero Beach and Puerto Angelito Beach are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (111 reviews)
"we love definitely we back"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2022

Hotel Casablanca
Hotel Surf Olas Altas
Hotel Surf Olas Altas
3 out of 5
Av. del Morro No. 310, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $106 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Escondido hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marinero Beach and Zicatela Beach. Principal Beach and Commercial Walkway are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (225 reviews)
"Location and very nice staff"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2021

Hotel Surf Olas Altas
Hotel Rockaway
Hotel Rockaway
3.5 out of 5
Calle del Morro s/n, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $88 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated in Puerto Escondido, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marinero Beach and Zicatela Beach. Commercial Walkway and Principal Beach are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (193 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2021

Hotel Rockaway
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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Best Lodging Options Near Zicatela Beach

Hotel Casablanca
Hotel Casablanca
3 out of 5
Avenida Perez Gasga 905, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $40 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Hotel Casablanca
Hotel Surf Olas Altas
Hotel Surf Olas Altas
3 out of 5
Av. del Morro No. 310, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $106 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Hotel Surf Olas Altas
Hotel Rockaway
Hotel Rockaway
3.5 out of 5
Calle del Morro s/n, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $88 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Hotel Rockaway
Hotel Zanzibar
Hotel Zanzibar
2.5 out of 5
Calle Azucenas S/N esq. Calle del Moro, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $46 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Hotel Zanzibar
Bungalows Zicatela
Bungalows Zicatela
3 out of 5
Calle del Morro S/N El Marinero, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $79 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Bungalows Zicatela
Hotel y Bungalows Acuario
Hotel y Bungalows Acuario
2.5 out of 5
CALLE DEL MORRO 501 COLO. MARINERO, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $47 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17
Hotel y Bungalows Acuario
Collection O Hotel DC
Collection O Hotel DC
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Costera KM 143, s/n, 2, Puerto Escondido, OAX
Collection O Hotel DC
Punta Zicatela Hotel
Punta Zicatela Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle Oaxaca Esquina Hidalgo, Colonia Brisas de Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $176 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Punta Zicatela Hotel
Villa Casalet
Villa Casalet
3 out of 5
Jacarandas, esquina Las Brisas, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is CA $49 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15
Villa Casalet
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.