The beaches of Puerto Escondido, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, are easily the best part of visiting this small town of 45,000 people. Each has their own vibe, things to do, and beautiful views.
Playa Bacocho is the westernmost beach in the city. It’s quiet, vast, with only one restaurant connected to a hotel. There are no vendors or bars, so it’s perfect for a relaxing afternoon before releasing baby sea turtles.
Playa Carrizalillo is a beautiful place to lay on a beach chair, have some seafood and drinks, and enjoy watching surfers (or take a surfing lesson!). It’s normally supposed to be a calm beach to swim, but the two times we went the waves (olas) were intense! I actually had to be helped out because every time I would stand up on shore, the waves would take me tumbling back down. I have pretty bad balance, but the waves were pretty strong. People stronger than me enjoyed tumbling around in the water, though!
To get to Playa Carrizalillo, you have to descend about 160 steps, so don’t drink too much since you’ll have to climb those steps on the way out! Before heading to the beach, I suggest having brunch at El Cafecito; it’s our favorite spot in Puerto Escondido.
Check out a video of the waves on my Instagram page
Having fresh coconut juice was one of my favorite things! Coconuts are so abundant here.
Punto Angelito and Playa Manzanillo
Two beaches separated by rocks, both Punto Angelito and Playa Manzanillo are popular spots for locals and tourists to swim, snorkel, take a boat tour, and eat freshly caught seafood. We went on a Sunday afternoon, and the place was packed! Of the beaches we went to, this was the one that we were able to swim in since there weren’t crazy waves. There are boats constantly loading and unloading passengers so you have to be sure to swim in specific spots, but I never felt unsafe swimming there. We also ate some delicious, homemade coconut ice cream from a vendor that was only $10MXN!
Playa Manzanillo is on the right of the photo, as seen from Puerto Angelito
Located in the center of town, Bahia Principal is a small beach popular with locals and fishermen. There are many shops and restaurants on the beach, as well as on the street next to the beach. There is also the great doctor’s office I went to back in July!
Don’t worry, they were having fun!
Known as the Mexican Pipeline, Playa Zicatela is the longest of Puerto Escondido’s beaches, and a prime spot for surfers due to its large waves. We spend most of our time on this beach since our hotel is here, and we love that we can walk about a mile from our hotel to the strip of restaurants, shops, tour guides, and surf schools and have dinner, drinks, and people watch, or go to a less populated area and watch the gorgeous sunset. The waves and undertow are very strong, so it’s not good for swimming, but jumping into the waves is fun as long as you stay close to the shore.
Mirador Romance de Verano
La Punta is situated at the southeast end of Zicatela, and is very popular with surfers as the waves are a little calmer. We love going there to relax on the beach chairs, eat amazing seafood, and have some drinks. There are cute shops, cafes, and restaurants to check out, especially if you love the surfer/hippie vibe.
I wanted to see where this cactus-lined path led to, but we didn’t have on the right shoes or pants for it.
While looking for another turtle sanctuary, our cab driver told us about this ‘better’ one that is on a non-tourist beach past La Punta. It did not disappoint as Rueben, our two Norwegian friends we met at our hotel, and I were the only ones there to release the turtles! I’ll be posting a blog about that very soon, but here are some photos of the beach. It is also where a river meets the ocean, and is popular with locals fishing. We even got to see one of the horses roll around in the sand!
Fisherman casting his net in the water
No matter which beach you go to, you’ll enjoy the beautiful views, the great food and drinks, and gorgeous sunsets. I’ll be posting a more in-depth blog about our month in Puerto Escondido soon!