Nestled between the end of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains and Pacific Ocean is the coastal resort of Puerto Escondido. This laid back hippie town is considered one of the most important tourist attractions on the Oaxaca coast. It is loved by travelers, expats and surfers and is a popular investment and retirement location for Canadians and Americans. Puerto Escondido is home to the Mexican Pipeline, making it a world class surfing destination.
Puerto Escondido is made up of three main beaches, Playa Principal, Playa Marinero and Zicatela. There are also several smaller, more quaint beaches to the west including, Playa Manzanillo, Puerto Angelito, Playa Carrizalillo and Playa Coral. Playa Zicatela is the hub of the surf and traveler scene and is a vibrant, fun beach with cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Enjoy a day at Zicatela watching the surfers ride the waves or stroll the Zicatela boardwalk to check out surf shops and clothing stores. Dine on fresh seafood, Mexican fare and authentic Italian and Asian cuisine at the many cafes and restaurants and enjoy an evening of live music at the nightclubs.
West of the center of town is the Rinconada, a quiet residential area above Playa Carrizalillo. This area offers hotels, restaurants and services. The center of town rises above Bahía Principal. The heart of the lower town is Av Pérez Gasga, known as El Adoquín, a street that comes alive at night with markets.
The beaches of Puerto Escondido each have their own personality, offering tourists many places to snorkel, dive, sport fish, surf and take in a whale watching boat tour. Within easy day-trip distance are the coastal lagoons of Manialtepec and Chacahua where you can see wildlife including birds, crocodiles, turtles and more.
You won’t find an all inclusive resort in Puerto Escondido. What you will find is an unhurried and relaxed vibe with many tours & attractions to explore. 340 days of sun and consistent hot temperatures make Puerto Escondido the perfect spot to invest, retire and visit.
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