Puerto Escondido

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About Puerto Escondido

Famed for its long swathes of golden sand beaches and perfect waves, Puerto Escondido is a haven for sun-worshipers and surfers alike. Long drawing a crowd of back-packers and surfers this is a small laid-back town with an easy vibe and no large international hotels. It is the waves that are the real lure here; find pros jet-skiing over enormous breaks before cruising through a 'barell' on Zicatela beach while beginners practice standing on the calmer waves of Carrizalillo beach. The two picturesque beaches of Manzanillo and Principal have gentler waters and are perfect for families and swimmers. The town itself is filled with a superb selection of seafood restaurants, some lively margarita bars and colourful low-rise buildings. The bustling Benito Juarez market is the beating heart of this town and is jammed with vegetable, fruit and fish stalls. For those looking for something other than surfing there is plenty on offer from whale-watching or turtle-spotting to fishing, sailing and horse-riding. An ideal location for holiday-makers looking for an alternative to the more polished likes of Cancun or those travelling on a budget. In fact many of the best places to stay in Puerto Escondido are available at very reasonable rates.

What not to miss:

  • For professionals an early-rise to ride the waves of Zicatela beach is a must.
  • Or for beginners book a surf lesson on Carrizalillo beach.
  • Swim or snorkel in the calmer waters of Principal or Manzanillo beach.
  • Get a flavour of the area at the bustling Benito Juarez market.
  • Sample seafood and Oaxacan specialities in one of the local restaurants.
  • Take a boat trip and search for dolphins and whales.

The best places to stay in Puerto Escondido

Traditional style

  • Villas Carrizalillo boasts an enviable coastal position in Mexico's surf hub. Traditionally styled throughout and featuring terraces to take in the sea views. Spend evenings dining on gourmet Mexican dishes and sipping cocktails. Beach chic.

Boho-chic

  • Hotel Escondido is a boho-chic property set on a gorgeous white sandy beach. Secluded bungalows mix contemporary style with rustic charm; think thatched roofs, natural materials, contemporary bathrooms and large terraces. Spend days lounging on the beach, surfing waves and unwinding in the spa. A hedonistic spot.

For a villa or an apartment

  • If you’d prefer a self-catering option we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly directly to Puerto Escondido International Airport or alternatively take a connecting flight via the larger Oaxaca airport. Buses also run from Mexico City and take 12 hours.
  • Puerto Escondido is a year-round destinationg with temperatures generally ranging between 25 - 30 degrees. However, if you want to visit during the warmest months plan your trip in May, June or July.
  • If you want the flexibility of your own car we recommend you contact our partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Puerto Escondido

  • Villas Carrizalillo 12 rooms from £111

    Puerto Escondido (Oaxaca)

    A collections of villas boasting an enviable coastal position in Mexico's surf hub. Traditionally styled throughout find white washed walls, wooden furniture, thatched roofs and terraces to take in the sea views. Spend evenings dining on gourmet Mexican dishes and sipping cocktails. Beach chic.

    Beach Life  -  Situated overlooking the sea and with easy access to some of Mexico's finest surf spots.
    Surfing  -  Learn to surf on the gentle waves of Carrizalillo and watch the pros at Playa Zicatela.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat tour and search for turtles and dolphins.
    Diving  -  Find numerous scuba diving schools.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Hotel Escondido 16 rooms from £267

    Puerto Escondido

    A boho-chic property set on a gorgeous white sandy beach. Secluded bungalows mix contemporary style with rustic charm; think thatched roofs, natural materials, contemporary bathrooms and large terraces. Spend days lounging on the beach, surfing waves and unwinding in the spa. A hedonistic spot.

    Beach Life  -  Step into the laid-backed life with early morning surfs and days spent under the sun.
    Surfing  -  Find some of Mexico's best waves with areas for both professionals and beginners.
    Restrictions on children  -  An adult only property.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Recommended by  -  Design Hotels, Tablet
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