Written by Vicho on 12 Dec, 2004
Swimmable? Surfable? Sunshinable? This article is meant to be your guide for finding as quickly as possible what you want among the golden sands and warm waters of Puerto and get it without loosing a minute of your precious time in this hidden paradise. Searching…Read More
Swimmable? Surfable? Sunshinable?
This article is meant to be your guide for finding as quickly as possible what you want among the golden sands and warm waters of Puerto and get it without loosing a minute of your precious time in this hidden paradise.
Searching for a good beach, you might choose the lively Playa Principal (Main Beach). Next to the city centre, this beach is especially nice in the evening and when you may fancy a walk along the coast, as there is a footpath built over the cliffs forming endless bridges with wonderful views. Walking along Playa Principal towards the south, it turns to Playa Marinera just after Lagoon Beach. This spot is still lively, but the currents here can be a bit too strong, but if you are aware of them, you might have fun snorkelling and swimming.
If you want a calmer place where you can swim without fear of currents, the place where waves are just the right size for beginners, then Playa Carrizalillo, glued at the bottom of the cliff, is the answer. The 167 stairs ease your way down to the bay, but they are hard to climb up at the end of the day . . .
If you want extreme experiences, head to the extreme corners of Puerto Escondido. In the very east is Playa Zicatela, the spot elevating Puerto among the top 10 best surfing places in the world. Even Australians come here to measure their forces against the sea powers. Sometime they lose and that’s why there is a lifeguard, who might make you feel more secure while playing and jumping in the huge surfs. If the lifeguard starts disappearing from your sight, it means that the current took you away and that it’s time to get back.
Still not find what you wanted? Another option is Playa Bacocho. It is quite hard to get here by car, but you might come here by climbing the cliffs from Playa Carrizalillo to the west. On your way you will see thousands and thousands of little crabs being thrown on the rocks by the strong waves. That pretty much happens to everybody you can meet here. This beach is deserted. Do you wonder why? Well, it is a very beautiful and long, almost endless, beach with just a few rock formations breaking huge surfs. Just to stand on the shore and listen to all that noise makes you fear going in the water. Surprisingly, some crazy locals manage to get in and dive for mussels. They look scary, perhaps more than the waves, when you meet them out of the water, so I would not recommend you to visit this remote end on your own.
As for the other beaches and safety . . . Don’t leave your valuables unattended while bathing and don’t visit beaches at night unless you look miserable, speak fluent Spanish, and want to buy some drugs. Otherwise you will be attacked and robbed.
Written by tikenxick on 09 Feb, 2004
A short eight-hour drive from Mexico City, there's Puerto Escondido, located two hours north of Huatulco, Oaxaca. The easiest yet less popular way to get there is by the federal road to Puerto Escondido. It's 260km to the coast and, all in all, the landscaping…Read More
A short eight-hour drive from Mexico City, there's Puerto Escondido, located two hours north of Huatulco, Oaxaca. The easiest yet less popular way to get there is by the federal road to Puerto Escondido. It's 260km to the coast and, all in all, the landscaping of Sierra Madre del Sur is truly breathtaking. The drive might be a little bit tiring, but with good music to listen to and a bottle of cool water, it turns out to be pretty nice after all. The best time to go there is most definitely early in the year since the heat is not excessive and at night you can hang out in a fresh breeze. Also the ocean is clean and quiet since the rainy season is not till the summer. Another reason why early in the year is a good time to be in Puerto Escondido is that there are people from all over the world willing to have a good time, putting all prejudice aside.
Accommodation ranges from trailer parks and camping sites, to hostels, inns, and even world-class hotels that can provide a good deal.
In Puerto Escondido, there's something for every taste. The best way to get around is by car. Although everything is close by, most of the beaches are protected by cliffs and most don't have grocery stores anywhere nearby. The best site for snorkeling and even
just sunbathing is Playa Carrizalillo, but you’d better bring everything you
will need the first time you go down onto the beach cause it takes 150 steps to get to and from the beach. At Playa Carrizalillo, you can take a tour to see all of the other beaches in the area, some of which you can only reach by boat. It is about a 45-minute tour and
costs about $200 pesos per person, but it's really worth it. Other than
the view of the coast, the best part of it is that they pull a golf turtle out
of the water and you may also dive in with her.
The best beaches for swimming and
snorkeling are Puerto Angelito, the quietest beach of the bay; next to it there's the
Love Grotto, and Playa Bacocho, the most popular for its spectacular sunsets. All three of these beaches are ok, but they tend to get a bit crowded by locals and
small kids, which makes it annoying if you enjoy reading a book or simply taking
a nap on the beach; also there are no beach chairs available at any of these beaches.
On the other side of the bay, there's Zicatela Beach, host of the world surf tournament
held in November. This is where the competition goes on. Most hotels are located on this beach, although they are all across the street from the beach. There are beach chairs
and umbrellas for rent at only $30 per couple. This is also about the only
beach that has a mini supermarket within walking distance where you can get anything from beer to sun block. If you go in January, the waves are pretty mild and you can actually swim and jump some waves, but if you walk a bit south on the same beach, you can also spot some surfers riding big waves. Zicatela is where most of the nightlife takes place. I highly recommend El Punto, a bar by the beach where everybody gathers at night. Just a short walk from the beach, there's also El Adoquin, the main street where you can find bars and international fine dining.
Written by Gordon of Toronto on 16 Aug, 2005
Puerto Escondido is more than a fishing village, more than a world-class surfing village. PTO, or Puerto, as many of the locals will call it, is a village. It is like a friend that you will get to know slowly and begin to love.…Read More
Puerto Escondido is more than a fishing village, more than a world-class surfing village. PTO, or Puerto, as many of the locals will call it, is a village. It is like a friend that you will get to know slowly and begin to love. The longer I stayed, the more difficult it was for me to think about leaving to get to know another city, village, beach, or town in Mexico. PTO put out its welcome mat for me on the very first day. I arrived a little nervous that I would have a problem finding a hotel. According to Lonely Planet, I should have called ahead to make a reservation. However, I just chanced it. It was more of an adventure that way, and I don't like to be committed to a description in a web page. I wanted to see what it had to offer before making my decision on where I wanted to stay.
Along the Playa Zicatela, I found one of the most popular surfing motels. It was charming and popular. There were young, healthy bodies all around. I was, again, very nervous about where I was and how things worked. When I got my key to the room, I discovered that I had not enough cash to pay for the room (about 110 pesos). I guess I had spent most of it on the airplane ride and taxi ride to the Zicatela. The manager of the hotel said it was no problem, to just pay him tomorrow. Wow, I thought. That was trusting. This was going to be a great adventure.
The first place we went to that was packed with shops was Adoquin, located in the centre of the city. Here you can find lots of stalls with wide range of Mexican ethnic clothes. Their prices are very touristy, but if you have time you…Read More
The first place we went to that was packed with shops was Adoquin, located in the centre of the city. Here you can find lots of stalls with wide range of Mexican ethnic clothes. Their prices are very touristy, but if you have time you might be able to lower the price significantly by bargaining. Or you can just go shopping somewhere else.
In the north end of the city, going up the third Poniente just across the 8th Norte, is a big market. Don’t get confused in the relatively big inside area with few stalls and shops selling food. As you get out of here, continue to your right along the building and go behind the corner, where you will find huge half-covered market. Whatever you need to buy can be bought here, from fresh fruits and vegetables and Mexican tortillas to kitchen equipment. Clothes here start at price you would get after a long time of bargaining in Adoquin. People here are very friendly, and the market is not as crowded as the touristy city centre, so you can try on everything calmly.
The market offers plenty of comedores (dinning stall). Their tables are clean, even if not covered with expensive tablecloths like in the restaurants in the centre or around the beach. But the food is delicious and for sure fresh, as the husbands of these women are usually fishermen supplying the best catch of the day straight to them. Don’t miss the chance to get seafood or any other Mexican dish. Prices are more or less the same everywhere, so choose what the most attracts you. I stayed with the first stall, just next to the entrance to the covered market. The lady was very nice to me, and she left me a drink for free and invited me to come back the next day, saying that she would prepare something special for me. It was special - blended corn with chocolate and water served as a drink with the main food. It had quite a strange taste, but if this is what Mexicans value so highly, I am glad to get the chance to try it. I am sure you can have it as well if you ask for it. It goes quite well with garlic prawns. Yummy, yummy!