Zicatela Beach

Zicatela Beach which includes general coastal views and a beach bar
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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, 71980
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $36 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
$36
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
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! (171 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 $65 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$65
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
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! (256 reviews)
"Wonderful"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

Hotel Rockaway
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 $423 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$423
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
"BEAUTIFUL HOTEL! STAFF WAS GREAT!!"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

Casa Joseph Zicatela - Adults Only
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, 71980
Hotel Casablanca
Hotel Rockaway
Hotel Rockaway
3.5 out of 5
Calle del Morro s/n, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Hotel Rockaway
Casa Joseph Zicatela - Adults Only
Casa Joseph Zicatela - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
Av. Del Morro Los Tamarindos, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 70934
Casa Joseph Zicatela - Adults Only
Hotel Surf Olas Altas
Hotel Surf Olas Altas
3 out of 5
Av. del Morro No. 310, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Hotel Surf Olas Altas
Bungalows Zicatela
Bungalows Zicatela
3 out of 5
Calle del Morro S/N El Marinero, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Bungalows Zicatela
Hotel Santa Fe
Hotel Santa Fe
3.5 out of 5
Calle Del Morro S/N, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Hotel Santa Fe
Casamar Suites
Casamar Suites
2.5 out of 5
Calle Puebla #407, Col. Brisas de Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Casamar Suites
Villa Casalet
Villa Casalet
3 out of 5
Jacarandas, esquina Las Brisas, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Villa Casalet
Hotel Arcoiris
Hotel Arcoiris
3 out of 5
Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX, 71980
Hotel Arcoiris
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.