This put up was written by Emily Becker, who’s a Mexico-based freelance author for BMTM.
Towering cliffs, secret coves, medium-grain sand, and crashing waves characterize the coast of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The seashores right here, on the Pacific facet of Mexico, are a far cry from the white sand and turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya, on the Caribbean facet, which receives many extra vacationers than Oaxaca. I desire Oaxaca’s seashores for just a few causes: there are fewer crowds, a extra laid-back atmosphere, and prime browsing.
Keep tuned for a tour of my favourite seashores in Oaxaca, the place you gained’t discover big resorts and also you’ll get a style of what actual Mexican seaside cities are all about:
Puerto Escondido is essentially the most touristy metropolis on this checklist, however for good motive. It has fairly just a few seashores to select from, every with its personal distinctive character. Some are extra frequented by locals, whereas others are sizzling spots for foreigners.
These are my favourite seashores in Puerto Escondido:
I’m keen on Playa Carrizalillo as a result of it’s the primary seaside I visited in Puerto Escondido. The seaside is capped on both facet by big rocky cliffs, creating an idyllic cove the place the water is calm sufficient to swim in, however you’ll additionally see surfers driving waves additional out.
To get there, you need to go down fairly just a few steps. Then you possibly can hang around at one of many shacks on the seaside and sip a drink from a seaside chair, seize some snorkeling tools to take a look at the colourful fish, or take a browsing lesson.
Carrizalillo will get fairly crowded with each locals and vacationers on the weekends and even on weekday afternoons, so the most effective time to go is within the morning throughout the week.
Playa Bacocho provides an enormous expanse of sandy shore, with volleyball nets and probably the greatest sundown views on the town. That is additionally the place conservationists arrange store to assist sea turtles hatch in a protected atmosphere earlier than journeying to the ocean. To see the turtles, plan to reach round 5pm. You possibly can even take part of their launch when you select to, though I’m unsure how moral that is for the animals.
The waves right here had been a bit of tough for a swim, however I additionally haven’t visited within the morning, so maybe it might be safer then.
In any case, Playa Bacocho is a good place to convey a picnic to look at the sundown. In case you’re a seaside volleyball lover, it’s also possible to take part a match right here. I confirmed up one afternoon with a buddy and we ended up having a blast leaping right into a volleyball match with individuals who had been enjoying all day.
Playa Manzanillo & Puerto Angelito
These two rocky seashores are alongside the identical cove, separated by a slab of concrete with a tiny lighthouse on it. You possibly can simply park and stroll down the steps, selecting which seaside to go on the backside.
These two small seashores couldn’t be extra completely different from each other, although, relating to their general vibe and clientele. Playa Manzanillo is dwelling to massively fashionable La Isla Seaside Membership, which attracts plenty of foreigners and has reside music nearly each afternoon, with worldwide DJs and a gradual circulate of individuals coming out and in to bop.
Puerto Angelito, then again, has a way more family-oriented really feel. I used to be one of many solely foreigners on the seaside after I went, and there have been much more folks swimming and snorkeling right here. To be sincere, I most well-liked the environment at Puerto Angelito far more. However examine them each out and see which one fits you.
When driving to Playa Zicatela, you’ll see an enormous statue of a surfer earlier than you flip in from the freeway. If that wasn’t clear sufficient, that is Puerto Escondido’s mecca of browsing. The waves listed below are excellent for surfers of any degree, and it’s greatest spot to study as a newbie. I took a lesson with the Pacific Surf Academy and had an absolute blast, even after I was wiping out.
Even when you’re not into browsing, don’t miss out on a go to to Playa Zicatela anyway. The neighborhood lining the shore is named “La Punta,” and also you’ll discover a excessive focus of stylish eating places, cool hostels, and vibrant nightlife right here.
Referred to as a hippie haven, Mazunte is simply as mystical as it’s lovely. The cliffs across the seashores are stuffed with prickly cacti and dry brush, a woodsy terrain that provides to the whimsy of the place. On the town, you’ll discover charming cafés, cosmopolitan eating places, and retailers promoting artisanal items.
Mazunte is a religious hub for yogis and all issues New Age therapeutic, past being a famend browsing vacation spot. Don’t be shocked when you not often discover anybody carrying sneakers right here — one thing about Mazunte’s barefoot scene is infectious, I’ve to confess.
There are simply two foremost seashores in Mazunte, with two others which can be a brief hike from city:
I completely adore this considerably secret seaside. I might have spent a number of days right here had I identified how magical it was. Playa Mermejita is simply east of Mazunte and has a rugged really feel. It extends a few kilometer from one rocky cliff to the opposite, and also you gained’t discover many accommodations or eating places on the shore.
It was straightforward to discover a abandoned spot on the seaside for some solace, which allowed me to recharge and actually admire the fantastic thing about the crashing waves and salt spray. Playa Mermejita can be a stellar spot to look at the sundown. You may also have the ability to see whales within the distance, which simply seals this place’s magic for me.
To get to Mermejita, you possibly can hike from city or drive or take a taxi to the sandy car parking zone close to the lodge Casa Ofelia.
I discovered Playa Cometa by joyful accident after I went for a solo hike, hoping to reach on the fashionable sundown spot Punta Cometa. Playa Cometa is a small patch of sand with zero infrastructure round it, making it an excellent spot to attach with nature with none distractions.
I wouldn’t advise making an attempt to swim right here, although, because the waves are fairly treacherous. It’s even prohibited to camp at Playa Cometa due to how unpredictable the tides could be, so I like to recommend going within the morning or afternoon only for just a few hours to hang around and escape the crowds of the opposite seashores.
That is the smaller of the 2 foremost seashores in Mazunte, however I desire it due to the surroundings. It jogs my memory of Playa Carrizalillo in Puerto Escondido, however you don’t need to descend any stairs to get to this one. It has the identical cove really feel that I really like, plus it’s proper off a small industrial road with a number of cafés and eating places close by.
This can be a excellent spot to go for a swim and calm down beneath an umbrella, which you’ll be able to hire for 100 pesos ($5 USD) for the entire day.
The principle seaside in Mazunte, Playa Principal, is the most important and greatest place to surf. Particularly from Could to September, the waves are perfect for browsing, whether or not you’re a newbie or in any other case. You possibly can hire a board proper on the seaside, and if you need a lesson, simply ask round and also you’ll discover a trainer. In contrast to Puerto Escondido, there aren’t any huge surf faculties right here. I predict that this can change quickly, although.
Playa Principal can be the prime spot on the town to chow down on some freshly caught seafood. The ceviche at El Pescador (proper on the seaside) was the most effective I had in Oaxaca, arms down.
This tiny seaside city made a fantastic base for exploring different seashores, because it’s located between Mazunte and Zipolite. The lengthy stretch of seaside is dotted with quaint eating places and bars providing spectacular ocean views. There’s just one foremost road on the town that goes alongside the shore — which was a nightmare to drive alongside, as a result of it’s barely vast sufficient for 2 lanes of site visitors.
General, San Agustinillo is sleepy in one of the simplest ways. The vibe right here is extra family-oriented than Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, or Zipolite. After folks watch the sundown over the easternmost bluff, the city turns into quiet, which I discovered endearing.
Zipolite is sort of small and simply has one lengthy stretch of seaside on the town — Mexico’s solely legally nude seaside, which is nearly as good a motive as any to go to if you wish to get into the carefree spirit of this distinctive spot.
The seaside at Zipolite is understood for its robust winds and thrashing waves. You possibly can undoubtedly nonetheless swim right here, however I didn’t see very many individuals within the water. Browsing can be a risk, however is healthier fitted to intermediate to superior surfers.
Together with the evident nudist scene, you’ll really feel such as you had been transported again into the ’70s right here. From the psychedelic murals to the tie-dyed trend and old style VW Beetles lining the streets, it’s the most effective form of trippy time warp.
Discover out what to do in Zipolite right here.
Puerto Ángel, a captivating fishing village, had the easternmost seaside that I visited. Right here you’ll discover the shores lined with fishing boats and only a few vacationers. I loved stopping right here for the morning, having breakfast on the seaside and going for a fast swim within the calm water. The locals had been pleasant, and it was nice to hang around someplace with a completely nontouristy vibe.
Tips on how to Get to Oaxaca’s Seashores
Attending to Oaxaca’s coast is as straightforward as flying into both Puerto Escondido or Huatulco. You’ll need to make a connection in both Mexico Metropolis or Cancún, more than likely. When you get there, I like to recommend renting a automobile and hopping from place to position. One other nice choice is making your base San Agustinillo, which is quiet and central, and renting a scooter there to take a look at the opposite seashores (though Puerto Escondido could be too far for a scooter journey).
An alternative choice is to fly to Oaxaca Metropolis, spend just a few days there, and drive right down to the coast, which takes 6-7 hours. The winding roads by way of the mountains are usually not for the faint of coronary heart (or abdomen, for that matter), so I solely advocate this when you really feel completely assured driving in Mexico, as it may be unpredictable. I used to be slowed down by a truck transporting lumber, and the hairpin turns made it troublesome to go it safely, which I later came upon is a standard criticism of my fellow road-trippers.
Map of Oaxaca’s Seashores
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As you possibly can see, every of the seashores in Oaxaca has its personal character. From the surf-and-party scene of Puerto Escondido to the sleepy shores of Puerto Ángel, you’re certain to seek out the right one for you. If you need extra seaside inspo, try our checklist of the greatest secret seashores in Mexico.
In case you’ve been to Oaxaca’s coast, which seaside is your favourite?