Puerto Escondido is so laid back you almost fall over. Beaches, surfing if that's your bag, eating, margaritas or beer, hammocks, books - these about the only things you need to worry about. Swinging in a hammock in the shade deciding whether I wanted a beer.
A backpack is very handy, so that is the best bet. This is very simple:
get the picture? Mosquitoe repelent, and lot's of it, and a mozzie net is handy too.
Take some diahrea pills, too, you might need them, and if you forget them there are a few drugstores and pharmacies in town. Take what you want and can carry, from ultra wide for landscapes, to tele for wildlife and surfing And as for surfers and body boarders: don't forget your gear. For surfer: take short boards, and big guns, because the waves range from 2 foot till 20 foot, but you will be my hero if you ride the 20 footers, I know I wouldn't I would stop at the 15 ones, scary enough.
And bring a horty too, if there are clouds early in the morning and there is fog coming from the land, even here it can get chilly.
Playa Roca Blanca - west of Puerto Escondido
To the west of Puerto Escondido, on the way to Acapulco, and our favourite beach by far, found independently, is Playa Roca Blanca. Sign-posted through the roadside village of Cacalotepec (50kms from PE), this is glorious. White sands, palm-fringed, azure seas, cascading waves, stretching back towards the east, unbroken, for miles, rocky headland to the west, couple of palapas and DESERTED
Puerto Escondito has a lot going for it with beach and water. Since the Italian film, Puerto Escondito, came out there are far more tourists than ever. I still like it here it's laid back with nice people and plenty of inexpensive places to stay.
"Things to see"
I saw this guy walking down the street and couldn't help taking this picture.