Puerto Escondido Travel Guide

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Puerto Escondido Highlights

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     Away from it all. 

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     Away from it all. 

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     Beautiful place to relax 

Puerto Escondido Things to Do

  • Playa Carrizalillo.

    Playa Carrizallilo is a small secluded beach in the northern outskirts of Puerto Escondido.it´s a small hideaway that is real nice if you like a more quiet surf and a few beach bars to hang out at with snacks and drinks.I personally really like this beach even if you need to walk down a few steps in order to get there.

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  • Playa Zicatela.

    Playa Zicatela is the surfers beach.It´s also a very long beach with lot´s of space if you like to be alone and sun tan.It´s wider and longer than the other beaches around Puerto Escondido and many people love it because of that.I personally prefer the smaller and more curvy beaches, but that is just me mabye.

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  • Bahia Principal.

    Bahia Principal is the "city beach" of Puerto Escondido.This is where you have most of the social life, the restaurants and the football games.Some people might say it´s a little cramped, but i think it´s the nicest beach in Puerto Escondido cause i like when there is life on the beach and there certainly is there.It´s also the beach where most of...

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Puerto Escondido Restaurants

  • the freshest food!

    at this point in my trip, my body was not agreeing with ANYTHING i put into it. i needed fresh, clean food, and we found el jardin. el jardin serves pizza, pasta dishes, and the best salad that is on par with american (california) cuisine. i had a beet, carrot and jicima sala that was served wth a bed of greens and oregano-infused olive oil. oh my...

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  • Eating by the seaside

    These two restaurants both have tables overlooking the beach and specialize in seafood. Crotos is more expensive than Junto del Mar. Crotos has some interesting breakfasts including the "Desayuno de la Costa" (breakfast from the coast) which, surprisingly, features not seafood but steak (see picture)!It's as filling as it looks: fast-fry steak...

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  • Non-Mexican food!

    If you get tired of seafood and Mexican food, or if you're just looking for some variety, head straight to La Galeria. I ended up here three nights in a row!The restaurant doesn't face the beach but has a relaxing and cheerful atmosphere. And your ankles don't get bitten by mosquitoes here (maybe they don't like garlic!). The salads are great,...

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Puerto Escondido Nightlife

  • live music

    there is live music in lots of the bars and restaurants. we found an open air gazebo-type place where people were drinking, dancing and enjoying some local and visiting impromptu music.

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  • There are many places to go to...

    There are many places to go to for such a small place, the barfly, the wipe out, tequilla sunrise, the iguana, and lot's more.The tequilla sunrise has good bands playing with various music, also lot of latin music so go and dance.The others mostly play mellow ambient and tribal kinda dance, so nothing different from what I heard back home alot,...

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Puerto Escondido Transportation

  • getting to puerto escondido from...

    from the main bus terminal in zihuatanejo, you can take a bus directly to puerto escondido, but be sure to get to the bus station early in the morning. there are only one or two buses a day, and they sell out quickly. we ended up having to take a bus to acapulco, then another to puerto. but the cost is a little more that way. a bus from zihua to...

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  • The major buscompanies go to...

    The major buscompanies go to puerto from a lot of cities, so where you are just look for a bus that goes there or stops there. There is also an airport where national flights land.Basicly everything is wiithin walking distance, so that is your best option, or just take a cab, they are cheap.

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Puerto Escondido Shopping

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    Fruits and Vegetables at El Mercado

    by jacquiblueyes Written Sep 20, 2009

    El Mercado Benito Juarez is the second largest Mercado in Oaxaca and not to be missed. It's an outdoor, covered shopping center that offers everything from flowers, fruit, vegetables, local homemade cheeses, fish, poultry, meat, baskets, dishes, clothing, and household goods. The best day to go to the Mercado is Wednesday; early in the morning around 8:00. That's the day the local farmers bring fresh produce to the Mercado. In addition, there are several small cafes so it's ideal for breakfast. The Mercado is located in the town proper along 3a Poniente, between 8a Norte and 9a Norte and is a short taxi ride from any destination. It's not a feasible walk, unless you like walking up steep hills. If you are looking for a truly 'Mexican Experience', you must go to the Mercado.

    What to buy: Cheese! Absolutely out of this world Oaxacan Cheese!!! Pick up a package of home made corn tortillas and you have a meal! Also, many different types of durable shopping bags that will make you the envy of everyone back home at your local grocery store as they are sturdy and large. Most have advertising from various stores throughout Oaxaca. I purchased woven tortilla baskets for between $3.50-$5.00 U.S. for myself as well as gifts for friends. If you are staying in a condo, this is the place to purchase most of your food. Just remember to also purchase the local fruit and vegetable anti-bacterial wash and use it before you eat anything without a peel.

    What to pay: Varies upon the season and the vendor, but compared to home, it's cheap.

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Puerto Escondido Local Customs

  • Puerto Escondido is still a fishing...

    One of the charms of Puerto Escondido is that it is still an active fishing town.They don´t have a real harbour but pull the boats up on the beach, but there are still a fair bunch of guys making a living from the sea and it gives it a bit more of a feeling of being a real town and not just a holiday place.

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  • driving boats at 25 knots onto the beach

    the first time i saw this, i was VERY VERY concerned for the safety of snorkelers and beach dwellers alike. you will see a boat going about 25 knots, heading straight for the shore. it's not stopping. people begin to notice and start to part on the shore, and they all have scared expressions, and everyone is thinking, "is he going to stop?" then...

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  • Puerto is all about Surfing,...

    Puerto is all about Surfing, but you can get cultural too, there are some hidden Aztec sites in hills about an hour from puerto, just ask around and try to arange an ride with a cab to get there, I didn't go, but many sources said that is beautifull.

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Puerto Escondido Warnings and Dangers

  • Waves

    Just be cautious if you swim in the waves, the undertow can be quite strong. Watch for the signals from lifeguards, and pay attention to the colours of the flags - red is dangerous, yellow is moderately dangerous and green is safe. Even in the green zone, the current swiped the goggle set right off my head and carried it out to sea. Something to...

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  • getting worse in Puerto Escondido,...

    i lived there for a year and at first it was great but then u get to see the real culture, and it has turned itself into a tourist resort town - not on a big scale - but the bad things tourist towns attract this town excels in.. unfortunately... I could not even go walking alone in the day (beach, town, cliffs, market or even SuperChe) without...

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  • only one local atm machine

    Beware! There is only one easily accessible ATM machine at Zicatela beach, and it broke while I was there, not to be repaired until the following Monday. We had to take a cab into the city to find an ATM machine. Be sure to bring plenty of cash.

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Puerto Escondido Tourist Traps

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    by mocca Written Mar 3, 2003

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    You are in the Tropics, so it can rain....................................a lot.
    So if you are here in the rainy season, don't forget to bring your parka or umbrella for the evenings, yes during the day it hardly rains, but it can ahppen.

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Puerto Escondido What to Pack

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    by mocca Written Oct 8, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: A backpack is very handy, so that is the best bet.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: This is very simple:
    shirt
    short
    sandals

    get the picture?

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 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.

    Photo Equipment: Take what you want and can carry, from ultra wide for landscapes, to tele for wildlife and surfing

    Miscellaneous: 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.

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Puerto Escondido Off The Beaten Path

  • Watch sea turtles mate in July

    One of the highlights of my trip to Mexico was being able to watch sea turtles mate. From Puerto Escondido, take a cab to Manzanillo beach (about 10 minutes, $3). We were approached by a vendor who basically charges people to go out on his boat for a few hours early in the morning to witness sea life. Not only did we see turtles, but we also saw...

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  • Playa Roca Blanca - west of Puerto...

    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...

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  • Playa Agua Blanca - midway between PE...

    Mid-way between Puerto Escondido and Puerto Angelo is Playa Agua Blanca (small dirt road the only access - but at least sign posted in both directions of approach). Here is a glorious stretch of beach and rocks which attracts predominantly local families fishing off the shoreline. There are no facilities whatsoever and looked too dangerous to go...

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Puerto Escondido Sports & Outdoors

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    by mocca Written Feb 6, 2003

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    Surf, body board, body surf. Just hit the waves if you can.
    I didn't score the huge big puerto pits, but will go back there one day and hope to get them then.

    Equipment: Surfing: Big boards, pintails, guns, get the pic????
    Bodyboarding, stiff baord, with stringers, it is hot, your board will get soft.

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Puerto Escondido Favorites

  • PJ´s book bodega.

    PJ´s book bodega is a bit of many things.It´s a second hand bookstore with a great selection of second hand books.It´s also a cinema showing movies of all kinds in the cinema room and it often turns in to a bit of a bar at night as the owner tends to bring a few dozens beer to the place and he sells them cheap and is great comapny, so it often...

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  • Beach vendors.

    In Puerto Escondido you have quite a few people making a living from selling food and drink on the beach.They are usually not the hustling type and very friendly and polite so i like to support them when i am there.In my opinion you get the best food in Mexico from buying from the people on the street or on the beach, so i recommend you support...

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  • watch the sunset

    i think what makes the sunset in mexico so spectacular is that there are frequent storm clouds looming, making the color of the sky unusual. sunset photos rarely do the moment justice, but these are some i particularly enjoyed.

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