There are several options to go on a boat trip in Puerto Angel. In some restaurants on Playa del Panteon you will be offerd to go with them. Another option is Byron Luna. He has his office right behind restaurant Suzy. Byron is a funny guy. Depends on your luck, you may see turtles, dolphins, orcas or whales.
The trip also includes some snorkeling. You'll see colourful fish and corlas. But, be awere of the waves.
Byron also trys to catch some fish. And later at Suzy's they can prepare them for a great price.
Playa Estacahuite is a quiet and pretty beach, just east of Puerto Angel. I always got there by car, but you could probably walk as well (ask the locals for directions).
There are some snorkel and boat tours that leave Puerto Angel which include Playa Estacahuite.
There are not any hotels or cabanas in playa estacahuite. There are two small beach front restaurants, and they will probably rent you hamacas, but unless you like bugs....
Puerto Angel, at least jurdging from its two town beaches (there are also some outer beaches which I didnt visit), seems to be a very popular vacation spot with the middle of the road kind of Mexican families. This makes for a very colorful and picturesque beach life, and it is fun to hang out on the beach or on the muelle (jetty) and watch on.
Apparently lots of Mexicans here (unlike the more sophisticated or hippie ones seen on the Zipo, Mazunte and San Agustinillo beaches) like to go swimming with their clothes on. They also seem to be somehow shy of the water. There was a woman hesitating for 15 minutes whether she should jump from a 2 meters max wall. She finally did. Her family had great fun teasing her and enjoyed the fact that I had been waiting to take the picture. She made a run for me after she had noticed but then thought better of it. Too much exertion for one day...
Puerto Angel has its own feel quite distinct from the surrounding beach towns which - due to their Mexico City bohemia and international backpacker visitors - have taken on a more hippie style atmosphere. Puerto Angel, while being way larger and more urban than the others, first and foremost still is a fishing town and a navy post. At the same time it is a more family style resort for local tourists.
In my view, the western part of Playa San Agustinillo is the second best beach of the area (Playa Aragon next door being superior). It has nice waves and is virtually empty.
Of course you may prefer Zipolite because it offers more activity and liveliness. But the waves and even more so the undertow there are reputed to be very dangerous.
The picture is taking just before sunset from my favorite bar, described in the nightlife part. In the back you can see the white rock that can also be seen from Zipolite beach. The white color comes from bird droppings.
Zipolite has three beach segments:
one very long main stretch with plenty of comedores and accomodation,
a small secluded nude and quite gay beach called Playa del Amor on the extreme West towards Puerto Angel, located behind a small hill and framed by rocks,
and a less secluded (and less nude) beach (with a yet smaller secluded nude beach behind it) on the far East towards San Agustinillo, just below the recommended cabanas Shambala and El Cosmico.
Everywhere seems to be clothing optional, but most people on the main beach stretch wear their trunks and bikini bottoms, while the majority on the outer beaches goes nude. As you please, really.
Zipo beach is bigger and grander than San Agustinillo's but less mellow. There is way more people and also way younger people (lots of surfers because of the amazing waves) out and about on the beach and in the town, and also locals trying to sell you stuff (though without hassle).
So if you like a bit more beach life and a larger choice of comedores, but still without any signs of mass tourism, Zipolite is for you. For gay beach life, playa del Amor is the obvious choice.
Fishing still provides an important part of the income of the locals. And have a look at what fish you can catch here!!!
These two tourists apparently had joined the fisherman on the fishing trip. The fishing boats usually lay on the Western end of the beach, close to the outcrop with the chapel on it.
This remote beach just below Punta Cometa is usually deserted. Looked tempting when I was awaiting the sunset uphill, but I didnt make it back during daytime...
The coastline continues quite ruggish in this direction with a number of deserted beaches with greyish sand which was coarser than in Mazunte and San Agustinillo. There were also some remote cabana places this way which are probably reached most easily by continuing straight ahead on the dirt road past the cemetary, rather than taking a left uphill to Punta Cometa.
I dont remember which particular hammock place this one was, so I dont put it in the accomodation section. But it sure looked nice and is quite typical, I guess, and the colors make it deserving of a spot on this page, dont u agree?
These kids on the harbor jetty were actually busy at pelican fishing. But they took a welcome break and insisted to show off their acrobatic talents for the camera. They obviously had lots of fun at it.
Playa San Agustinillo makes a very long gentle bend. At its western end, towards Mazunte, you see many fishing boats and a couple of nice comedores. The green one decorated with shell curtains is really nice for chilling.
The water here is a bit calmer, so this stretch is usually preferred by families, but it is still a pretty empty beach. Way less people than in Mazunte.
In the sea there is rock outcrop with a small chapel built on it. In the far distance, towards Zipolite, u see a rock whitened by bird ***.
The beach gets wilder and emptier the more East (towards Zipolite) you go (where Posada San Agustinillo is located).
Punta Cometa just off the Western corner of Mazunte is the Southern most spot in Mexico and famous for its spectacular sunsets.
Many people gather there every day to watch the sun set over the sea (think Cafe del mar, San Antonio, Ibiza but without the chill-out music).
Some spectators perform all kinds of esoteric rituals or chants.
Get there on time to secure a comfy seat and if u stay on until dark, bring a torch for your way back.
take a boat trip out for the day and you will get lot's of sun and get the chance to do some good snorkelling.
there are lot's of giant turtles in the area and you will see plenty of them.
birdlife is also very good.
Locals catch fish using pelicans on a string. When they catch a fish they are pulled up to the jetty and forced to release their prey. Wonder why they do it anyway...
It is a trip during the morning that takes you to the hottest beaches, snorkeling, turttle seeing and rift jumping. You can´t miss it.