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- Very large beach which stretches some 3.5km. A hard to miss set of large rocks seperates Zicatelas northern end from the gritty and somewhat polluted playa principal.
The beach actually has two quite distinct areas which vary significantly. The northern area is where surfers congregate mainly in the mornings and evenings to surf some of the mexican pipelines best waves. For most tourists the attraction here is lounging in one of many overpriced beach clubs under umbrella covered seats and watching them do their thing. Unfortunately due to strong waves and undertow this area is not safe for swimmers so most tourists stay dry unless surfing. Astute observers to the area will note a memorial along Calle del Morro featuring well known surfing icons who have lost their lives in these waters (Oscar Serra, Ron Cassidy, etc) which highlights the dangers of this area. There is also a commercial side to the northern end and the ugly appearance of numerous half constructed buildings and beach touts. In contrast to its northern neighbour, the southern edge of the beach features Punta zicatela which has much milder surf suitable for beginner surfers and/or swimmers on a good day. There is a milder vibe to accompany this. Depending on what you are after may dictate where you stay.
We did the northern end and largely lounged around for a day or so which was relaxing and enjoyable.
The beach is very wide and hot particularly in the middle of the day so bring plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat.Written July 29, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I recently did the turtle release and bioluminescent tour with Eve and I can't recommend him enough. He was so knowledgeable and was really funny too. We had a great time, it was thoroughly enjoyable.Written July 31, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Excellent rooms,amazing sunsets , and being situated to a fab restaurant called Espadin, made it a good location.
Downside is the very small pool.Written March 13, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Would have been my favourite beach in Puerto, if the sea wasn't impossible to swim in. Always quiet down here, beautiful large outstretched beach with beautiful big rocks and huge palm trees. Perfect to walk the shoreline and watch the powerful waves crash in front of you. Also make sure to enjoy a meal and a drink at Pez Gallo. On Wednesdays there is an open air cinema at the beach. And if you continue walking to the left (with the sea to your right) and through the rocks.. you might find yourself in.. heaven. And my favourite beach ;)Written June 5, 2022
- My wife, her sister and I went with Ola Beach Tours to see Chacahua Lagoon and had a wonderful time! I highly recommend it! Informative, interesting, great food, nap on a hammock, mangroves, swimming, birds, beach, fireflies, sunset, bioluminescence and meeting others on the tour--such a great experience. The Ceviche was THE BEST! Our tour guide was Great! I have to admit riding in a fast boat at night through mangroves is a little unnerving--the guide and boat pilot know what they are doing, AND the swimming at night was super cool.Written August 6, 2021
- I drove down to this steep hill to check this place out. as everyday I wanted to swim in new location. THis is basically a local Mexican beach with some good restaurants on the edge of the sand. after you park, walk down to beach and turn to the left you will find some nice day beach clubs, no charge, hang out there, eat, drink and feel safe leaving your bag on the seat as you enter the water to swim. Very little waves but it can get crowded, especially on the weekend. People are very pleasant.Written January 15, 2022
- No doubt the most beautiful beach in all of Puerto Escondido, if not one of the most beautiful in all of Mexico. Best place for snorkelling, SO many fishes and one day I was swimming with a massive turtle right next to me!!!! Very secluded and quiet most of the time (so don't tell ALL of your friends about this place ;) ) as it takes the most effort to get to (also you have to pay if you enter through Villa Mexicana, which, I believe is fair if that keeps the crowds at bay). The sea is just sooo delicious. Only some days a bit aggressive and too rough to swim in. If you are lucky sometimes the sea is completely quiet. The places in the shade are often occupied so bring a hat! You can have a drink and a hamburger but other than that there are no facilities. Only real negative thing are all the ants that are EVERYWHERE! Other than that, this was my absolute happy place in PuertoWritten June 5, 2022
- Once again, Captn. Israel and his Dorothea crew made sure we had a terrific time off shore with great company and a good catch. They really know these waters and have great gear.
954 129 6722Written July 7, 2022
- Fun place to visit. They have everything at good prices. Fresh fruits and vegetables. Meats, cheeses, spices and snacks as well as crafts and local items.Written November 14, 2019
- Where to begin! I had an absolutely wonderful, life changing time at Sweet Retreats. Kerri is a lovely human being and a true master of her craft. I have never learned aerial silks in such a technical, digestible, applicable yet artistic, creative and vulnerable way. Coupled with the heavenly location, and gorgeous, healthy food from Stu & team, I'd highly recommend this retreat to any aerialist looking to be inspired and elevate their way of training. The agenda was perfectly planned and flowed so well - giving enough space for relaxation, connection, learning, exploring, and reflecting. I look forward to learning from Kerri again in the future ...and to stuff my face with her amazing peanut butter balls!Written June 2, 2022
- I had high hopes for Casa Wabi. I found the visit very disappointing. From the very beginning the experience was way too controlled and precious. Too many rules. It was particularly annoying that the visit to the gallery was timed and then we were herded into a room to watch a promotional video about Casa Wabi. As far as enjoying the architecture, visitors are not allowed to enter the main space. (The most interesting part.) In fact as soon as our group approached the main space a woman rudely told us no entry was allowed. (We we’re following the guide.). So for architecture lovers you get to look at a long concrete wall. The place is actually better experienced by looking at photographs. Also our guide (after smoking a cigarette close enough for us to smell it) gave the most uninspiring tour of an art institution I have ever experienced. He just didn’t know much, Anyway, Casa Wabi is too remote, the entry price is too high etc for it to not be a world class experience. They need to do so much better. Seriously. The best thing about the experience was the beach walk after. You don’t need Casa Wabi for that. There are a lot of remote beaches on the coast of Oaxaca.Written March 12, 2022
- have been going to Puerto Escondido for 30+ years. i enjoy body surfing and the waves at Marinero typically have been great. stomrs at sea and unusual currents changed the beach in late January. hopefully there will be a return to normalcy!Written February 18, 2020
- Playa Principal is essentially contiguous with Playa Zicatela, separated only by a few large rocks. However, the vibes are very different. Calmer waters means it is used as a docking area for the boats offering tours which are constantly zooming in and out of the bay. With this comes pollution including fuel on the surface of the water. It is more suitable for swimming though. The hotels above it also are a lot grittier as well and it seems to be more favoured by local rather than international tourists. Overall we didn’t think much of it.Written July 29, 2022
- This strip is filled with something for everyone and very popular at night. It's so popular that they close the road down only to foot traffic. Looking for dessert, a seafood meal or something fast to grab? This is your spot!
As far as shopping, visit in the evening when all of the vendors are setting up. Home made jewelry, Oaxacan treasures and beach gear can be found.Written July 7, 2016
- Just a short taxi or collectivo ride north of Puerto Escondido. Our group of 4 only spent a half hour here, but we were treated to a guided tour by a knowledgeable botanist. The Jardin is well maintained and well protected. It was a stop on our way to San Pedro and well worth it.Written December 13, 2016
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- The best day trips from Puerto Escondido according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Guided Tour with Horseback Riding and Bioluminescence in Puerto Escondido
- Oaxacan Coast Adventure (Ventanilla, Mazunte, Zipolite, & Puerto Angel)
- From Huatulco: Turtle Release & Bioluminescence
- Caballos y Aguas Termales
- Huatulco Bay Day Trip with Catamaran Ride, Snorkeling and Beach Break from Puerto Escondido