Puerto Angel Journals

Puerto Angel, Mexico's end-of-the-road, laid-back beach town

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A travel journal to Puerto Angel by Phil

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Quote: This is a summary of five visits to Puerto Angel, one of my favorite Mexican beach towns.

Puerto Angel, Mexico's end-of-the-road, laid-back beach town

Overview

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Lying on the beach, dining on fresh seafood under a palapa, lying on the beach, enjoying a cold cerveza under a palapa, lying on the beach. Well, you get the idea.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Puerto Angel is pretty tiny. Walking will get you just about anywhere, and if it's too far to walk to then hop on one of the collectivos.... one seems to come along about every 10 or 15 minutes.

la Buena Vista

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Hotel

la Buena Vista Photo, Puerto Angel, Mexico
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The Buena Vista consists of several terraces of rooms, precariously perched upon a steep hillside overlooking the Pacific. The very precariousness of it endows the hotel with its namesake views and wonderful cooling breezes. Every room comes with a hammock hanging right outside the doorway. What a life... gently swaying, enjoying the multitude of bird calls and the ocean breeze. The rooms are simply furnished, with typical Mexican quarry tile floors and whitewashed walls. Most of the rooms have private baths. Hot water typically isn't available, although I've never missed it, since it's usually so warm out that a cool shower is actually preferable. The Buena Vista has a restaurant in a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2000

la Buena Vista

Puerto Angel, Mexico
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Restaurant Susy

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Restaurant

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Restaurant Susy, one of the outdoor restaurants on the beach at Playa Panteon, seems to be one of the better ones. You'll dine by candlelight on the beach, with the bay's waves practically washing up against your feet. Your waiter will bring a tray of several huge fish (snapper?) so that you can select the one that you like. After my dining partner and I each chose one, the fish was so large that after cooking it was presented on a cafeteria tray. The owner, the gentleman who also caught the fish, was strolling around the restaurant and he wandered over. He was amazed that we'd each ordered a fish to ourself (I suppose most visitors must share one). Anyway, with a few cervezas, some t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2000

Restaurant Susy
Playa Panteon
Puerto Angel, Mexico

Villa Florencia

Restaurant

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Italian in little Puerto Angel? Yes, and recommended. Villa Florencia offers quite a few different pastas, with the atmosphere of a small Italian tratoria. Enjoy your pasta with some garlic bread and a glass of wine, all for less than $10.

Since most of the restaurants in Puerto Angel offer variations on seafood, Villa Florencia offers a welcome change.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2000

Villa Florencia
Boulevard Uribe
Puerto Angel, Mexico

Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga

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Attraction

Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga Photo, Puerto Angel, Mexico
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The Mexican Turtle Museum is an aquarium dedicated to preserving the many species of Pacific turtle that come to the Oaxacan coast to lay their eggs. For many years the turtles were hunted, both for their meat and for their eggs. Several species became threatened, and in reaction the Mexican government funded this center to foster research on the turtles' habitat and to help breed the turtles. Some of these turtles are huge! There are both indoor and outdoor tanks, and the chance to see some of these very rare turtles up so close is a treat. It's also fascinating to see the rows and rows of breeding tanks. I highly recommend spending a morning or afternoon learning about the Pacific tu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2000

Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga
Mazunte
Puerto Angel, Mexico

Puerto Angel, hippie hangout?

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Story/Tip

Puerto Angel Photo, Puerto Angel, Mexico
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Puerto Angel is about as laid back as you can get. Long popular with the surfers and hippies, I put off going there thinking I wasn't laid back enough. Laid back though it is, Puerto Angel also enjoys popularity with many European families with kids in tow. Puerto Angel is a very small town. Only the main road through town is paved. Othwerwise it's gravel all the way. There are maybe 8 to 10 hotels or bed & breakfasts. There are enough restaurants to be able to dine at a different one every day of the week, but I think after a week you might have, in fact, visited all of them! Surfers, snorkelers, and SCUBA divers will find plenty of waves and/or bays to entertain themselves in. Ot...Read More

About the Writer

Phil

Phil
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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