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Without a doubt, one of the most emblematic and representative places of the magical Puerto Escondido is Zicatela. Known as the “capital of Mexican surfing”, it is one of the most touristic and beautiful areas to visit in Puerto Escondido.


Zicatela is located to the south of what is the center of the city. It begins after the Main Bay and extends for 2 kilometers to the other end where La Punta is located. The Zicatela neighborhood is located between the highway and the beach. It is a hilly area and pedestrian walkways abound to go down and up from the beach to the road.


It is an area with many tourist attractions, but without a doubt the biggest attraction is the mexpipe: the Zicatela wave. World famous, it attracts professional big wave surfers from all over the world. In summer, the wave can measure up to 15 meters. It is listed as the third largest wave in the world, after Nazareth (Portugal) and Maui (U.S.A.). Venturing to surf in Zicatela is only for the brave and knowledgeable. The waves, in addition to being very large, have a force capable of generating great damage, so you have to be very careful.


In addition to being the most famous beach for surfing in the Mexican country, it is a beach that offers various recreational activities for surfers and non-surfers. There is a variety of lodging options from large hotels, to houses, bungalows or hostels. It is also a popular area in terms of gastronomy. On the beach there is a line of bars and restaurants that offer different options for all tastes. Fresh fish, hamburgers, signature food and pizza are the main à la carte offerings.


Zicatela is also home to Puerto Escondido’s biggest nightlife attraction: its nightclubs are open until late at night. From reggaeton and cumbia to electronic music and rock n roll. In Zicatela you dance or you dance! There are also live music bands in some of the hostels and bars in the area.


If you like adrenaline but do not want to throw yourself into the giant waves, you can take the opportunity to do the skydiving activity (located in Zicatela) and enjoy one of the best sensations and one of the best views of this beautiful place.


Another point in favor of this little piece of Puerto Escondido is its beauty. Palm trees, colorful buildings, dim lights and a summer breeze decorate Zicatela, making it one of the most beautiful and attractive areas of this surf town.




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