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Puerto Escondido – The Best Beaches in Mexico

When my dad went to Mexico 30 years, he would always tell about this almost mythical place called Puerto Escondido. Once I went there for myself, it did not disappoint.

Puerto Escondido With my Friends

After a week in Quintana Roo, my friends and I spent a week in Puerto Escondido, we flew from Cancún airport with a connecting flight in Mexico City. We arrived in the night and went for tacos at a bar on the beach. The next day, I needed a shave, so I went to a barber shop where the atmosphere felt very laid back. The barber shop was also a cool clothes shop and this is the kind of edgy-cool place Puerto Escondido is.

Then we went to Playa Bacocho as my friends got the car rental and when we got there, we got to release turtles into the ocean which was quite interesting. It’s worth doing and costs 100 pesos. After that we enjoyed our time at the beach as the sun was coming down, this beach was the most beautiful I had been to in Mexico so far. After that, we went to a bar to cool off with some Mexican beers and I had some tacos which came at a fair price.

The next day, we went off to Playa Carrizalillo, which is one of the beaches in the more central areas of Puerto Escondido. This place is located in a bay and to get to the beach you have to take a staircase down. My friends and I rented surfboards to try our hands with the waves on this beach. Unfortunately due to it being 3 years since I had been surfing, I was well out of practice and the large amount of surfers made it rather difficult to catch some waves.

After a few hours relaxing on this beach, we went over to watch the sunset at Playa Punta Colorada which is a 5 minute drive from the centre of Puerto Escondido. It is an incredible cliffside for views of the sunset and you can also see some gigantic waves coming to the shore.

The next day, we went to Huatulco which is a 2 hour drive from Puerto Escondido and has some incredible coastline, however the surrounding jungle didn’t look too green the first beaches we went to were a bit crowded. After stopping for lunch at an Argentine restaurant, we drove for another 30 minutes and found a much more relaxing beach which wasn’t too crowded.

Then we spent another day going to two incredible beaches, Playa Zipolite which is about a 40 minute drive from Puerto Escondido and has a very nice vibe. However it is a nudist beach and while you’re trying to relax, some people will try to sell you weed or souvenirs. After having a beer and a pizza on the beach, we headed off to Mazunte which has a more laidback vibe and the waves feel much safer. However as it got later, the waves got more intense and our speaker broke from being hit by a wave.

We spent our last day on the beach at Playa Zicatela after having some food at a place called Xcaanda, this beach has some incredible sand, however the waves can be very hazardous. There is almost always a red flag up which means you should take serious caution when you’re in the water. Despite this, I’d say it’s one of the best beaches I had been to as it didn’t feel overcrowded and it had sand for days.

So what I can tell you is that Oaxaca has been my favourite state to visit so far, it’s very warm and it’s a perfect place to enjoy some incredible beaches.

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