Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Welcome to Puerto Escondido, argued by locals and travelers alike as being the unofficial pride of the Pacific coast. This city is known mainly for its annual surf competitions and constant influx of surfers. However, this city offers so much more than that. Puerto Escondido has a majority of locals living here and because of this, there is a very cultural vibe throughout the city.

Country: Mexico
State: Oaxaca
Population 2013: 45,000
Airport: Puerto Escondido International Airport

Puerto Escondido (Hidden Port) is one of the highlights of the Oaxaca Pacific coastline, perfect for surfers and beach bummers alike. The small downtown area is one of the most charming in the region with a bohemian feel. At its center, the famed El Adoquin (meaning ‘the cobble’) main street is a pedestrian street by night which hosts the majority of the town’s nightlife, happy hours, live music and handicraft vendors. The closest beach to town is La Playa Principal with beachfront palapas and fresh seafood. But the most famous beach here is Zicatela known for its swelling Mexican Pipeline waves for experienced surfers. As one of the top world surfing destinations, Zicatela hosts the Pro Surfing tournament and the Quicksilver Tournament annually. It is also possible to go horse riding here. For beginner surfers, the calmer and smaller waves at La Punta beach are perfect for starting out. Other nearby beaches are great for swimming, such as the more touristy La Manzanilla and Puerto Angelito beaches. For less populated beaches, head to Playa Carrizalillo, a small beach in a cove, accessible only by a long set of steps (157) but worth it for the peacefulness. Side trips from Puerto Escondido include the nearby Laguna de Manialtepec mangrove lagoon where it is possible to spot the local bird life. Visit the nearby coffee plantations of Pluma Hidalgo to learn about the coffee making process and enjoy the freshest coffee you may ever have.


  • Beach Bumming
  • Snorkeling
  • Kite Boarding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Eco Parks
  • Spanish Schools
  • Night Life
  • ATV Adventures
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Bird spotting

Puerto Escondido began life as a small fishing village and the port itself continues to carry out commercial fishing activities to this day. Its reputation, though, has grown as being the location of one of the top 10 surfing destinations in the world. The tropical, humid climate has established this as a key tourist destination in the region for locals and tourists alike. However, given its location, it does not receive the throngs of tourists that Cancun and other Mexican beach destinations experience, making for a more tranquil visit.


Puerto Escondido Hotels

In Puerto Escondido there are a few different areas in the town to choose from. If you want big Surf, and nightlife stay on Zicatela. If you are looking to relax take a look around La Punta.


Puerto Escondido Hostels

For Hostel traveling you are going to have some choices in this town. However if hanging around other worldly travelers is your thing you may want to take a closer look at La Punta.