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Tours and excursions in Puerto Escondido

Make the best of your trip to Puerto Escondido by experiencing an unforgettable adventure. Find the next highlight of your trip by discovering the large variety of activities Puerto Escondido has to offer:

  • Horseback riding: Ride a horse along the rivers to reach a hidden paradise where you will ride on the beach at sunset.
  • Whale watching: Embark on a boat in Puerto Escondido at sunrise to go on a search for whales and dolphins.
  • Bioluminescence: Swim in the luminescent plankton in the lagoon of Manialtepec.
  • Sea turtle release: Release baby turtles on the beach at sunset.
  • Crocodile watching: Take a boat ride into the mangroves to watch crocodiles.
  • Dolphins watching: Embark on a boat at sunrise to watch dolphins.
  • Sport fishing: Embark with local fishermen to catch mahi mahis, atun, marlins & more.
  • Hot springs hiking: Take a hike along the river to reach the natural hot springs of Puerto Escondido.

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Private experiences in Puerto Escondido

Looking to share a unique experience in Puerto Escondido ? You will find here all the private experiences you can realize in Puerto Escondido. Find the experience you are looking for to create unforgettable memories with your family and friends:

  • Turtle nesting experience: Meet a local family in playa Escobilla. Release baby turtles, fish, have dinner, and watch the process of nesting on the beach at night.
  • Romantic picnic: Book a romantic picnic in Puerto Escondido to make the best suprise to your boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Private boat tour: Rent a boat with skipper to watch dolphins, whales, snorkel, or to enjoy the sunset.
  • Private Mezcal tasting: Visit a local artesanal mezcaleria in Puerto Escondido to learn about the process of fabrication and history of mezcal. Along the way, you will participate in a mezcal tasting class.

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About Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido is located in the state of Oaxaca, in the south west part of Mexico, on the coast between Chiapas and Guerrero. It ‘s the third biggest city of the state, after Oaxaca and huatulco. The city is divided between two municipalities: San Pedro Mixtepec, and Santa Maria de Colotepec (postal code 71980). In 2021 it was estimated that Puerto Escondido counted around 29,903 inhabitants (source:pueblosamerica.com) versus 20,000 in 2009 (source: wikipedia).

When is the best time to visit?

The best season to visit this mexican gem is between November to May, which is known as the dry season. It is also the season that is the most crowded, indeed its sunny weather, paradisiacal beaches, makes Puerto Escondido a growing tourist attraction in Mexico. According to a study made by the Mexican government, in 2021 the amount of passengers flying to Puerto Escondido’s airport has grown by 96.6%.

weather comparison

The most crowded months will be December and January. From June to October is going to be the wet season, where you’ll have a hot and humid environment (and lots of mosquitos). These months are a lot more quiet, and the place is still completely enjoyable as it doesn’t rain all the time at all. Usually the rain will start late in the day (around 5PM) to night (10 – 11PM).

 

To know more about the best season to visit Puerto Escondido, please take a look at our blog article: What is the weather like in Puerto Escondido?

Where to stay?

You have 5 main areas in Puerto Escondido that are known as: “La punta”, “Zicatela”, “Rinconada”, “El adoquín”,and “El centro”.

 

La Punta

La punta” is the area located in the south part of Puerto Escondido and is called that way because of the configuration of the bay. It.s particularity is indeed to end in a form of a point, which create great waves for surfing (also known as “point breaks”) and explains the popularity of this place. La Punta is the most recent growing neighborhood in Puerto Escondido, and thus, the most undeveloped. Expect dirt roads, electricity cuts, chicken, goats, street dogs, and more rustic accommodations. The vibe is chill, hippie, surfer, yoga. It is the most popular area among the foreigners that come to visit Puerto Escondido.

view of la punta

Zicatela

Zicatela” is the area next to la Punta when you head north. This area is known for its gigantic waves that professionals from all over the world come to surf. Considered as one of the heaviest beach breaks in the world, the waves from Zicatela beach are known to be one of the most dangerous in the whole world. Don’t you dare paddling out at Zicatela if you are not an advanced surfer. Apart from its amazing waves, Zicatela offers a more developed zone with hotels and small resorts. Most night clubs are also located in this area, which is known for its late ending parties.

view zicatela beach

Rinconada

Rinconada” is an area located in the northern part of Puerto Escondido. This area is characterized by its multiple bays that are much more protected from the waves. The area is more quiet and the infrastructures are more recent. You will find the best restaurants of Puerto Escondido in the main street. It is a good option if you want to take a break, enjoy the beach, eat well, and work remotely (Internet is better than in La Punta or Zicatela). You still have a few bars but if you are looking to party, this is not the area you are looking to spend your vacations. The main bay of this zone is called Carrizalillo beach, and is known to be the most beautiful bay of Puerto Escondido (but can be quite crowded during high season).

view on rinconada

El adoquin

El adoquín” is a small zone between Zicatela and Rinconada, in the middle of Puerto Escondido ‘s coastline. This ‘more traditional’ neighborhood is characterized by its local restaurants and markets, especially around seafood. Located right in front of the main bay, this is also the main harbor of Puerto Escondido. Indeed, the main bay being protected from the pacific swells, it makes the place a perfect spot to park the boats safely. If you are looking forward to buying some fish, go on a whale watching or dolphins tour, this is probably where your journey will start.

view el adoquin

El centro

El centro” is simply the city center, where you will find a more traditional Mexico ! If you are traveling on a budget, this is where you will find the cheapest stays, cheapest food, and also the most local experience. You will find everything you need as this is where most of the supermarkets, shops and other services are.

To have more information about where to stay in Puerto Escondido, please take a look at the following posts: Where to stay in Puerto Escondido? and Where to rent a house or appartment in Puerto Escondido ?

Where to go to the beach?

When it comes to choosing the right beach to fully enjoy your stay in Puerto Escondido, here are the different options you have:

carrizalillo bay

Carrizalillo beach

Carrizalillo beach“, also known as the most beautiful bay of Puerto Escondido. Located in the north part of the city, this bay is popular for its mellow waves that make it the perfect spot to begin surf. Surrounded by big rocks, the bay offers some shadow, and thus cooler areas. You will find local restaurants at the back on the beach where you’ll be able to buy food and drinks. During the dry season, at the right corner of the beach, you will be able to buy fresh oysters to locals that go pick them for you. It’s a great beach to visit if you are looking to have a swim safely, or to learn surf.

beach la punta

La Punta beach

La punta beach” is located on the south part of Puerto Escondido, and is known for its consistent point break that offers a long left handed wave. Perfect for surfers from intermediate to advanced level, this relatively friendly break is usually quite crowded. Make sure to respect the locals and be patient, and you will get that wave you are looking for. The beach is quite exposed to the sun and thus not really crowded during daytime due to its high temperatures. The sunsets in la Punta beach are amazing, the beach usually gets crowded at that time of the day.

zicatela beach

Zicatela beach

Zicatela beach” also known as “The Mexican Pipeline” or “The Mexpipe” is a beach where you’ll either go to surf, or watch people surfing ! This wave is known worldwide to be one of the fastest and heaviest. If you want to get the best barrel of your life, you are in the right spot. Do not go swimming in Zicatela. Don’t go surfing in Zicatela if you are not an advanced level surfer. If the waves are big, don’t get too close to the water. The level can rise very quickly and the currents are extremely strong. The beach is usually empty during the day, as you don’t have any shadow, it gets very hot.

manzanillo bay

Manzanillo & Puerto Angelito beach

Manzanillo” and “Puerto Angelito” beaches are located between “El adoquin” and “Rinconada” just a few kilometers south Carrizalillo bay. They are two small bays connected to each other, surrounded by rocks and palm trees, enclosed by cliffs and vegetation. They are usuallly less crowded than Carrizalillo beach. You can find restaurants and bars open during the whole day. To know everything about these beaches, please read our guide on Manzanillo and Puerto Angelito.

Where to go to eat?

When it comes to food, it is important to know all the options you have to make sure to get the best from the place you’re visiting. Here are our recommendations of what to eat and where in Puerto Escondido:

Seafood

Something about seafood, the fish, el adoquin etc.

carrizalillo bay

Traditional food

Traditional oaxacan food, almoraduz, local restaurants etc..

beach la punta

Fast food

something about fast food, dominos, pizzas, burgers …

zicatela beach

Food from all over the world

something about food from abroad ( french, spanish, argentinian restaurants etc..)

manzanillo bay

Do you have questions about your trip to Puerto Escondido?

On this page you will find quality and reliable information to organize your visit: From discovering the activities available in this hidden paradise to where to eat delicious meals or rent your surfboard. Puerto Escondido is a destination that has it all. 

Puerto Escondido (Oaxaca) is a destination you will fall in love with. With its eight magnificent beaches, it’s a perfect spot to work your tanning, but more importantly to improve your surfing skills ! Indeed, Puerto Escondido is famous for its world class waves at Zicatela beach. All year long professional surfers are coming to challenge themselves by surfing Zicatela, which remains in the top 10 of the most dangerous waves in the world. But Puerto Escondido also offers beaches for intermediates in La Punta, and beginners at Carrizarillo beach !

Not interested in surfing ? Puerto Escondido has PLENTY of other activities and beautiful spots to enjoy with your family & friends. You can review all the adventures in Puerto Escondido on our tour listing page. These include releasing baby turtles in the sea, taking a boat tour at night to swim with bioluminescent plankton, having a horse ride tour on the beach, scuba diving & snorkeling, whale watching, dolphin watching, fishing, crocodiles watching, tasting mezcal, skydiving and many more.

Another popular thing to do in Puerto Escondido are activities that help balance your body and mind. You have a lot of yoga schools that offer indoor / outdoor lessons, public or private. You have natural hot springs in a village closeby, that are reputed for their benefits on health. Finally, you can hike in the mountains that are just half an hour from town.

As all of the amazing things to do in Puerto Escondido are not always close by, you might think about renting a vehicle to move from one place to another. You can rent scooters, motorbikes, quads and cars easily in town, or directly through our website in the “rental” section. In that case we will deliver the vehicle straight to your hotel / Airbnb.

Like any other touristic place, Puerto Escondido has a wide range of restaurants with different types of food. You can find Mexican food, Peruvian, Argentinian, and also European, as a lot of expatriates have opened businesses here. We invite you to check the availables restaurants in Puerto Escondido in our “food” section.

Finally, you will find information about where to stay in Puerto Escondido. Hotels, hostels, camping, glamping, are the options you have depending on your budget and the experience you are looking for.

We have established alliances with local partners in the area to guarantee you the best service and attention that you can find in Puerto Escondido.

We want you to focus only on enjoying this amazing place.

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