Best Beaches In & Near Puerto Escondido

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  • 1. Playa Puerto Angelito

    Playa Puerto Angelito
    Adam Jones

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 0.5 hrs

    Located in the popular beach destination of Oaxaca, Playa Puerto Angelito is a small family-friendly beach just to the west of Manzanillo Beach. Together these adjacent beaches stretch for about 120 metres.

    Both these attractive beaches curve around the bay and have beautiful white sand, clear aquamarine waters and rocks at either end, but Puerto Angelito is busier with fishermen pulling up their boats and fixing their nets. You can… read more »

  • 2. Playa Carrizalillo

    Playa Carrizalillo

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 0.5 hrs

    Playa Carrizalillo is one of the most popular beaches on the Puerto Escondido coast of Oaxaca. Located at the end of a bay of the same name, Playa Carrizalillo may only be roughly 100 yards in length but has the facilities much larger beaches would be proud of.

    One downside is that the main access point to the beach is from the surrounding cliffs, with a set of roughly 150… read more »

  • 3. Playa Manzanillo

    Playa Manzanillo
    Mr. Theklan

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 0.5 hrs

    Perhaps Oaxaca's most laid-back beach, Playa Manzanillo is a small arch of soft sand meeting calm warm waters sheltered by the bay. As a result, Playa Manzanillo is one of the best spots in the region to swim and snorkel without having to worry about strong currents, with corals and tropical fish just waiting to be discovered.

    More popular with local families than international tourists, Playa Manzanillo is lined with several… read more »

  • 4. Playa Principal

    Playa Principal

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 0.5 hrs

    Right at the heart of Puerto Escondido, Playa Principal sits tucked in a small curved bay. It's proximity to the town centre makes it one of the area's most popular beaches. Its pale sands sweep gently down into the waters, while a 1.5 kilometre walkway parallels Playa Principal and is the location of several restaurants, bars and places to stay.

    The walkway provides the perfect spot for an evening sunset… read more »

  • 5. Playa Bacocho

    Playa Bacocho

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 0.5 hrs

    One of the longest stretches of soft white sand in the Puerto Escondido area, Playa Bacocho lies four kilometres west of the town centre, making it easily accessible along the sealed coastal road. Backed by palms and native forest, Playa Bacocho has a stunning location, with warm waves rolling in towards its wide expanse of sand.

    There are several pockets of large smooth rocks protruding out of the sand at… read more »

  • 6. Playa Zicatela

    Playa Zicatela

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 0.5 hrs

    Playa Zicatela is the biggest and one of the best beaches in Puerto Escondido. It's easy to reach from the town with street parking nearby. The 3.5km long sandy beach is a popular surfing spot with plenty of wave action from the famous "Mexican Pipeline" at the northern end of the beach. This tubular wave can reach up to 20 feet in height providing a spectacle to watch pro-surfers riding… read more »

  • 7. Playa La Punta

    Playa La Punta
    Darij Zadnikar

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 0.5 hrs

    Playa La Punta is a semi-officially recognised subdivision of Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido. Forming the hook of Zicatela's hockey stick shape, it curves around the Pacific Ocean facing both to the north and the west – making it an ideal spot to check out the nightly sunsets.

    Playa La Punta is also a favourite with surfers. Its point creates a consistent wave, and lessons and gear can be… read more »

  • 8. Playa Zipolite

    Playa Zipolite
    Ana Escobar

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 1 hr

    Located on the southern coast of Oaxaca state, Playa Zipolite is Mexico's first and only legal nudist beach. It is very popular as a clothing-optional resort and is pretty laid back, with the use of marijuana largely ignored. On the first week in February the beach hosts the annual Festival Nudista Zipolite. For a little more seclusion head to Playa del Amor just over the bluff to the east.

    On… read more »

  • 9. Playa Mazunte

    Playa Mazunte

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 1 hr

    The small beach town of Mazunte is just west of San Agustin on the Pacific Coast of Oaxaca. Far from the main tourist route and requiring a rough 8-hour road journey from Oaxaca City, it remains a quiet haven, so you'll only have the company of a few backpackers and locals on this lovely beach.

    The 1km long cove is sheltered by the Punta Cometa peninsula and lookout point which is… read more »

  • 10. Playa Mermejita

    Playa Mermejita
    Martin Barona

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 1 hr

    Playa Mermejita is a small beach that until recently was entirely wild with no facilities. Its secluded nature has turned it into an unofficial nudist beach, so leave your cameras at home. But Playa Mermejita also has the distinction of being one of just two beaches in Oaxaca where endangered leatherback turtles are known to come ashore to nest.

    At the western end of Playa Mermejita visitors will find the natural… read more »

  • 11. Playa Rinconcito

    Playa Rinconcito
    Dan Nevill

    Travel time from Puerto Escondido: approx 1 hr

    The westernmost section of broad sand which stretches for around 500 metres Playa Rinconcito forms part of the crescent of Playa Mazunte.

    Sloping gently into the turquoise waters the beach consists of a light golden sand, backed by rolling hills covered in native flora and basic thatched structures acting as cafes and restaurants during high season. The beach is primarily the haunt of European backpackers and independent travellers, who come for… read more »

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