Puerto Escondido

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Puerto Escondido which includes tropical scenes, a sandy beach and rugged coastline
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 Casablanca
Hotel Casablanca
3 out of 5
Avenida Perez Gasga 905, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
The price is $35 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$35
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (172 reviews)
"The service was great, friendly staff. The location is perfect. Easy to access to restaurants, stores and the beach areas. Thank you for the wonderful environment."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Hotel Casablanca
Hotel Rockaway
Hotel Rockaway
3.5 out of 5
Calle del Morro s/n, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
The price is $63 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
$63
per night
Dec 7 - Dec 8
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! (259 reviews)
"Muy bonita solo el Internet es muy malo"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Hotel Rockaway
Posada Real Puerto Escondido
Posada Real Puerto Escondido
3.5 out of 5
Blvd Benito Juarez 1, Fraccionamiento Bacocho, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $101 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$101
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 3.5-star beach resort in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (384 reviews)
"A little bit of paradise. A lovely setting. Great facilities. Lovely staff. Stunning setting."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

Posada Real Puerto Escondido
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.
Casa La Paz
Casa La Paz
2.5 out of 5
277 Mar Rojo La Paz, Puerto Escondido, Oax., 71985
Stay at this aparthotel in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Zicatela Beach and Benito Juarez Market ...
Casa La Paz
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (69 reviews)
"Bellissimo posto, personale ottimo, proprietario eccezionale, hotel meraviglioso! Consiglio vivamente questa struttura bellissima e speciale"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Casamar Suites
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (12 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

Quinta Carrizalillo
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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