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. Indeed our pick of the best places to stay in Puerto Escondido focus on small properties with a relaxed vibe.

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. 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.

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. An ideal location for holiday-makers looking for an alternative to the more polished resorts like 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.

The best places to stay in Puerto Escondido

For 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.

For 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 destination 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.

Still not sure?

  • Expand your search to include all our properties in Acapulco or Oaxaca.
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  • Or contact one of our Gurus for advice.


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Best Hotels in Puerto Escondido

  • Villas Carrizalillo Puerto Escondido (Oaxaca) 12 rooms from £113

    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.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Terrestre Puerto Escondido 14 rooms from £273

    Romantic Break  -  Luxurious suites offer couples complete privacy and benefit from oversized bathtubs, outdoor showers, and plunge pools
    Architectural  -  The Brutalist-inspired building is designed in such a way that it allows guests to experience the surrounding nature
    Eco  -  Sustainable in both construction and operation — it is self-sufficiently solar-powered and entirely off the grid
    Restaurant  -  Terrestre’s restaurant offers a selection of both Mexican and Mediterranean dishes made from local produce
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Design Hotels

    A sleek design hotel run by Mexico's coolest hoteliers, Grupo Habita. The Brutalist-inspired structure has 14 two-storey villas with minimalist design, fab views, enormous terraces, outdoor showers, and plunge pools. There's Mexican fine dining and a small spa. A grown-up hideaway. See More

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  • Hotel Escondido Puerto Escondido 16 rooms from £351

    Surfing  -  Set near Mexico's surf mecca, Puerto Escondido, there are opportunities for all levels here from beginner to expert
    Beach Life  -  Whether you want to surf or just enjoy the quiet stretch of white sands, this is a beach haven
    Hideaway  -  With just 16 cabanas placed on an empty stretch of beach this is the perfect coastal hideaway
    Restaurant  -  Oaxacan dishes are served in the hotel's restaurant
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Design Hotels

    A quiet coastal hideaway near Mexico's surf mecca, Puerto Escondido. Palm-thatched cabanas have contemporary interiors with sliding wooden shutters, minimalist furniture, & Aztec patterned floors. With an Olympic sized pool, Oaxacan restaurant, and a quiet stretch of beach, this is barefoot luxury. See More

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