Founded in 1928, this Mexican city is located in the western portion of the Oaxaca coast. The origin of the name is a legend of a woman, “la escondida” (the hidden one), who escaped from her captors and hid there. Although tourism is one of its main activities, Puerto Escondido is a regional center for agriculture, fishing and commerce. Also known as the “Mexico Pipeline” (for the similar power and shape of the Pipeline waves in Oahu) this city is a surfing paradise. The commercial area of the city is full of restaurants and bars to enjoy nightlife. The city is also renowned for its coffee plantations and the Turtle Ecological Camp and their Museum. White sand beaches, hidden caves and fresh lagoons are waiting for you…
This hospitable city is THE PERFECT CHOICE for restless visitors. Many things to do, to explore and to live!
Beaches: There are different types: safe swimming beaches and some with restricted areas. Visitors must be careful and always swim in a guarded beach! Playa Zabaleta is the main surfing beach: here the waves are some of the most powerful in the world. After a day of surfing this beach also offers you a perfect location to see the sunset.
Surfing: It is one of the top ten surfing meccas in the world. The coastline offers waves for beginners and professionals. In November, some international competitions are held in Playa Zabaleta.
Outdoor activities: You can get boring in this city! Fishing, diving, horse riding are some of the sports you can practice. Aboard one of the local launches you can watch wales or dolphins. Sometimes sea turtles and rays are visible too. Another natural spectacle you cannot miss is the tour for the turtle nestling areas.
Open Market: It is a place where culture is expressed in flavors, colors and music. There is a section full of restaurants with typical Mexican food: here the tacos will call your attention! You will also find art, souvenirs and local handcraft.
This city has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 28° Celsius. September is the wettest month. It´s always sunny in Puerto Escondido!
You can travel directly by air from Mexico or Oaxaca City. By road, the trip from Acapulco city is about 7 hours. The buses and private vans are also a good option: since they are very cheap be sure to check tickets availability with time! Once you arrived to Puerto, there is a good service of buses and taxis or you can rent a bike to move around independently.
Beaches: It does not matter if you are a surfer or not, this paradise welcomes every visitor with soft sands and a blue deep ocean.
Eco-tours: A visit to Puerto Escondido is not complete of you miss the eco-tours aboard the typical local launches.
Open Market: You cannot be indifferent to its magnetism. Shopping under the Mexican sky is another MUST DO experience.
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