BEACHES IN OAXACA

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Beaches in OAXACA

The beaches of the coast of the state of Oaxaca are among the most beautiful and complete in Mexico, thanks to a developing tourist infrastructure and the rich gastronomy of the Pacific. Along the 533 kilometers of coastline, the beaches of Oaxaca offer a wide variety of activities for lovers of water sports: snorkeling, diving, sport fishing, surfing, among others… there is something for everyone!

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HUATULCO

Huatulco is one of the main travel destinations on the southern coast of Mexico. It comprises dozens of picturesque beaches of different types and sizes, along the Pacific coast. Whether you want to dive among coral reefs and colorful fish, or enjoy the local delicacies offered by the charming little beachfront towns, the region is ideal for vacationing.

Drive a car or travel by boat from Santa Cruz until Delivery, one of the most hidden beaches in the area of Santa Cruz in Huatulco. Soak up the soft sand while your children play with their buckets and shovels. Swim in the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Bring your scuba gear or rent snorkel gear on the beach to swim with the fish around the colorful reef.

Huatulco
Huatulco

Take a break for lunch or a meal at one of the charming restaurants around the bay. Fresh oysters are a specialty of the place. After the crowds leave in the afternoon, stick around to quietly watch the sunset.

Visit the neighbor Chahué Beach, which is surrounded by moss-covered cliffs and hills. Lie on the beach that is often empty of people and listen to the waves crash against the rocks. After sunbathing during the day, take a night walk in the town of La Crucecita. This charming area has a plaza, shops and traditional restaurants where you can buy homemade ice cream. Listen to typical Mexican folk music and mariachi, while enjoying a tropical drink of coconut water or mezcal.

Spend an afternoon at the beach in San Agustín Beach, just over a kilometer and a half (one mile) long, in the western region of Santa Cruz. Dinner next to the beach in one of the small restaurants that serve fresh fish and seafood. Dive in the calm waters or go snorkeling over the shallow reef.

Many visitors combine a visit to Oaxaca with a trip to Huatulco, which is 370 kilometers (230 miles) to the north. After a few days of exploring the cobblestone streets of the colonial city inland, take a well-deserved break on the beaches of Huatulco.

Huatulco is a very complete tourist destination and the most famous in the entire state. It is characterized not only by its wide range of tourist services, but also by its beautiful landscapes that have made it a protected natural area.

The beaches of Huatulco are a very good alternative to visit with the family, since they have such gentle waves that some even look like natural pools.

The nine bays of Huatulco are:

  1. “Conejos Bay”
  2. “Tangolunda Bay”
  3. “Chahué Bay”
  4. “Santa Cruz Bay”
  5. “Órgano Bay”
  6. “Maguey Bay”
  7. “Cacaluta Bay”
  8. “Chachacual Bay”
  9. “San Agustín Bay”

Do you want a luxury accommodation? If so, Tangolunda bay is your ideal option. In the most exclusive bay of Huatulco, most of Huatulco Hotels they are all inclusive of international chains with several options of restaurants, swimming pool, entertainment and a privileged location facing the sea.

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Tourism in PUERTO ESCONDIDO

Puerto Escondido is one of the best coastal towns in the Mexican Pacific, which is why it is very famous among backpackers, families, honeymooners and surfers. Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches, ride the big waves, and observe the colorful marine life of this region. In the evening, choose from bohemian bars, seafood restaurants, and friendly nightclubs. Puerto Escondido is also an ideal starting point for ecotourism adventures and coffee tours.

The beaches, which stretch in both directions from Playa Principal, are the area’s biggest attraction. You can reach them on foot, by taxi or by water taxi. Watch expert surfers ride the big waves at famous Playa Zicatela or learn to surf the gentle waves at La Punta. The bay of Puerto Angelito is located west of the city center and has two small family beaches.

Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido

Head to Puerto Angelito Beach to snorkel, take part in dolphin-watching excursions, and relax at the casual beachfront restaurants. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and calm water of neighboring Manzanillo Beach. Travel west of this area to reach the isolated beaches of Carrizalillo and Bacocho, which are surrounded by cliffs and are ideal places to watch the best sunsets.

Enjoy nature on kayak and birdwatching tours through lagoons surrounded by mangroves. The Manialtepec Lagoon is located just 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Puerto Escondido, while the Lagunas de Chacahua National Park is about an hour’s drive west of the city. Learn about the old fishing customs and try traditional swordfish dishes in the town of Mazunte.

Visit the Mexican Turtle Center, which is dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles. You can also take other common day trips, such as tours of the coffee plantations that are located in the surroundings, such as Finca El Faro and Finca El Pacífico. When you return to the city, have fun in the bars, nightclubs and restaurants of El Adoquín. Visit the artisan shops and stop to watch the street performers. The area around Playa Zicatela is also full of nightlife options and is very popular with surfers.

Take a flight to Puerto Escondido International Airport, which is less than a 10-minute drive from the city center. The climate in this region is warm and sunny all year round, and you can find an especially lively atmosphere during the November Fiestas, which last all month and include music, dance, food and surf events. When you visit this beach destination in Oaxaca, don’t miss: Take a surf lesson to master the waves Visit Lagunas de Chacahua National Park Walk along El Adoquín and buy souvenirs See the bioluminescence in the Manialtepec lagoon

The Hotel options in Puerto Escondido are varied, from small accommodations at cheap rates to luxury hotels.

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ZIPOLITE

Zipolite in Oaxaca stands out among the Beaches of Mexico, for being the place with almost total exclusivity where you can practice nudism without any restrictions. In fact, this is the reason why it receives a large number of European tourists during the year. Zipolite is the first beach that is positioned as a true nudist area in Mexico.

As the story goes, in the 60s there was a total solar eclipse and people gathered near this unspoiled area to observe it. While the event was taking place, they found out about the existence of the little paradise and decided to enjoy its waters under the influence of its hippie essence: naked. Can you imagine how comforting it is to enjoy water, sun and heat in such a natural way? This beach is ideal to experience that feeling of well-being and fulfillment. The best thing is that everyone is on their business and there is no one to criticize or judge.

Zipolite
Zipolite

Relax on the beach, in this place of golden sand, open sea and intense waves, it is better to have evenings of contemplation than to go swimming because most of the year the tide is strong. It is recommended to buy food and drink in the palapas that surround Zipolite and lie down to contemplate its blue waters.

Get your cameras ready to take photos of the stunning sunsets! When the sun goes down the atmosphere is delicious because everything becomes even more hippie and relaxed. On its main street, the only cobbled street in Zipolite, you will find some small bars and many artists doing street shows.

There are several venues and restaurants offering live music and groups like The Doors, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin rumble along the walls. In the palapas the party is also good and they organize bonfires with dances and bongos. Shambhala is a small ceremonial center located on top of a Zipolite hill; It is also known as the “Hill of Meditation”.

Here tourists come to have spiritual encounters and to be in contact with nature. They organize activities with healers and healing experts. If you stay several days in Zipolite, go to San Agustinillo, a small town located a few kilometers away where you can surf and on days when the tide is not high, swim.

Make sure to go to Mazunte to spend an afternoon there and on the way to Punta Cometa, the most prominent mountain in Mexico in the South Pacific where you climb to see incredible sunsets or discover beaches that are hidden between huge rocks. Also take the opportunity to visit the beaches of Puerto Ángel such as La Boquilla, a secret and intimate place; in this area it is possible to practice snorkeling or kayaking.

If you want to eat very fresh seafood, we suggest Bahía Camarón and Playa Camarones. While walking or sunbathing, some people are likely to approach them to offer group tours to see places near Zipolite aboard boats. They are recommended tours because, in addition to being cheap, they allow you to observe unspoiled landscapes and epic sunsets.

Accommodations in Zipolite are modest and not at all sumptuous. However, you will find good places with all services.

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MAZUNTE

Mazunte, Oaxaca is one of the treasures of Mexico, it is even considered one of the magical towns of Oaxaca for its various tourist spots, delicious cuisine and impressive ecosystems. Mazunte is a small town, located on the Pacific coast in the State of Oaxaca. Very popular for its sea turtles and currently one of the meeting points of the same, most important worldwide.

Without a doubt you will be able to swim and enjoy the sun on one of the most beautiful beaches in Oaxaca, so we recommend bringing a camera to document the good times of your trip. In addition, it is one of the favorite places to camp in Mexico; Since the weather in Mazunte is ideal to enjoy one or two nights under the starry sky while you sleep to the rhythm of listening to the waves hitting.

Mazunte
Mazunte
Places to visit in Mazunte Mazunte

Mexico has many must-see places that you must visit. You certainly have to discover why they are so popular and recommended for family visits.

Mexican Turtle Center. First of all, this center is dedicated to the protection, care and conservation of the sea turtles that visit this side of the Mexican coast.

Laguna Ventanilla. This impressive destination will not only create awareness of the benefits of caring for the environment, it will also impress you by the spectacular roots of hundreds of trees and the sighting of reptiles such as crocodiles, that live there.

Punta Cometa. It is one of the Mazunte beaches that you must visit, we recommend you start going up to the beach at 4:30 pm, to enjoy one of the most beautiful visual shows in Oaxaca. however, it is characterized by its strong waves that make it practically unsuitable for swimming.

Mermejita Beach. If you need a place to disconnect, Playa Mermejita is the right place to do so, so we recommend staying in the various cabins in the area. Be careful with the sea there! It is not very convenient to go swimming, because its waves are very strong and an accident could occur.

Mazunte Beach. In the first place, this beach has an extension of 1 kilometer of golden sand, with warm, beautiful and crystalline waters; that stand out for their green tones. Looking like an almost virgin place. It is the ideal place to have a quiet time and enjoy the sound of strong waves in the sea. In addition to contemplating sunrises or meditating with ease, due to the low number of people you will find.

El Rinconcito. For its part, El Rinconcito has little waves because it is located at the end of the bay. For this reason, it is usually the most visited in the area.

As for lodging in Mazunte, it is generally cheaper than in Huatulco as it is a fairly quiet destination and without large resorts. The options are charming and blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings of the place.

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