Zicatela Beach

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Zicatela Beach which includes general coastal views and a beach bar

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.

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Hotel Casablanca
Hotel Casablanca
3 out of 5
Avenida Perez Gasga 905, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is $31 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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! (102 reviews)
"It is comfortable and in a great area. A little noisy until midnight because it is in the Adoquin street, but we were ok with it 😃"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

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Hotel Santa Fe
Hotel Santa Fe
3.5 out of 5
Calle Del Morro S/N, Puerto Escondido, OAX
Located in Puerto Escondido, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, just steps from Zicatela Beach and Marinero Beach. Principal Beach and Commercial ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (419 reviews)
"The toilet was not working properly"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

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Hotel Rockaway
Hotel Rockaway
3.5 out of 5
Calle del Morro s/n, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is $71 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Puerto Escondido, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zicatela Beach and Marinero Beach. Commercial Walkway and Principal Beach are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (181 reviews)
"Friendly staff , nice breakfast, and close to the beach."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

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VidaMar
VidaMar
2.5 out of 5
Calle Framboyanes y Calle del Morro, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is $23 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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3.5 out of 5
Calle Del Morro S/N, Puerto Escondido, OAX
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3.5 out of 5
Calle del Morro s/n, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is $71 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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3 out of 5
Avenida Perez Gasga 905, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is $31 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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3 out of 5
Calle del Morro S/N El Marinero, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is $67 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
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3.5 out of 5
Carretera Costera KM 143, s/n, 2, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is $56 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
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Hotel Zanzibar
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2.5 out of 5
Calle Azucenas S/N esq. Calle del Moro, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is $25 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
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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 $89 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
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Posada Real Puerto Escondido
Posada Real Puerto Escondido
3.5 out of 5
Blvd Benito Juarez 1, Fraccionamiento Bacocho, Puerto Escondido, OAX
The price is $81 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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