Puerto Escondido is a surfer’s dream, known for having the best waves in all of Mexico. The town itself is actually quite big, and there are several different beaches to choose from. Each one has its own spirit, from the party scene at Playa Manzanillo to the no-fuss vibe of Playa Bacocho. There’s a beach in Puerto Escondido for everyone.
I think Playa Carrizalillo, close to the center of town, is the best beach here. It’s a small cove, and the waves there are great for surfing, but you can also swim and snorkel. To get there, you have to go down several steps, on which you can take in the gorgeous views of the sea along the way.
La Punta is the hippest and touristy part of Puerto Escondido and it lines Playa Zicatela, the mecca of surfing. In this area, you’ll find sweet cafés, surf shacks where you can sign up for lessons, loads of restaurants, and Puerto’s vibrant nightlife. You can’t leave Puerto Escondido without checking out La Punta.
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- You can find everything from backpacker hostels to luxury hotels in Puerto Escondido. That said, you can find places that have a lot of value for cheap, like the Bikini Beach House, which has breezy seaside rooms for around $40 USD a night.
- Puerto Escondido is the easiest beach to get to in Oaxaca from the States because you can easily fly into its airport. You’ll most likely have to make a connection in Mexico City, which is just a 40-minute flight away.