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Playa Zicatela

Puerto Escondido, Mexico
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Surfing, Swimming
Traveler Description: Playa Zicatela is in the top 10 for the worlds best beaces to go Surfing. Championships are held in august/september. You don't want to go swimming... more »
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Nashville, Tennessee
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is one of the nicest beaches on the Oaxacan coast. Wide sand, big waves, lots of chairs and umbrellas. And lots of surfing. Not good for swimming, but a great place to sit and spend the day.

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Kingston, Ontario
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a gorgeous stretch of beach but unless you are a surfer or and extremely strong swimmer do not swim here. The waves and the under current will definitely sweep you away. We just walk on the beach and watch the surfers.

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elpaso
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150 reviews 150 reviews
22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Very private beach, clean and very few people. practically had the whole ocean to ourselves. Strong surf and undertow not safe for swimming, but nice waves.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

If you're not a surfer and are only there to swim be very cautious. The current and waves are quite unpredictable. Flash rips are infamous at this beach. Aside from this, the atmosphere on the beach in early morning and late afternoon is very social and friendly. During the day when it is stinking hot and no surf, the beach... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Gorgeous sand and water. Ideal for surfers and beachfront dining and sunsets. More than once we saw people scramble when unexpected surf crashed on them! Strong waves, so not good for wading/little ones. But a beautiful spot, and surfers round the clock.

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S. P. Cholula Pue Mx
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Its easier to go into the water at La punta and their all day surfers try the waves - its nice to watch them. Ask in the beach restaurants for sun roofs and chairs. Then you only have to pay what you rink or eat and they have nothing against that you bring also some drinks by your own. The... More

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Beautiful long beach, great for walking, not so great for swimming. Lots of surfing, beautiful sunsets and horseback riding at sunset. It was also vey hot, so not much shade unless you were under a palapa that belonged to a restaurant and bought beer or food to be able to stay there.

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Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I lived on this beach for almost 3 years. If you surf, this place has intermediate level left point-break waves on the south end and heavy, hollow beach-break waves on the north end. If you enjoy running 4 miles on smooth sand (2 miles back and forth), with stunning sunsets and beautiful women in bikinis, it's a must. If you... More

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Spokane, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

A great beach to walk if that's your thing. A nice fine sand, with a small, ocean worn rock from time to time. It's real quiet in places. Great to get a beer and watch the stars from sand on a clear night with some friends.

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Edson, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

But only at the right time of year..... Were not surfers so we did not care about that. It was a fairly busy place with many restaraunts and beach clubs providing shade umbrellas as well as food and drink services.

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