Thursday, March 13, 2014

Beaches Oaxaca, Huatulco to Puerto Escondido

Beaches, Huatulco to Puerto Escondido 

Updated 3, 2014

Huatulco Resorts such a Secrets offer beaches such as Conejo,
 located in a sheltered cove

     From the beach resort of Huatulco, Sur buses run bus routes north on Coastal Highway 200 to Pochutla, with access to Zipolite Beach,  and with a stop at the Mazunte crossroads, for access to Mazunte Beach, San Agustinillo, and Ventanilla. The buses cover the 60 miles between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido.

Zipolite Beach located between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido.
Reach Zipolite via taxi or collective taxi from Pochutla

     Puerto Escondido is famous for the surfing on Zicatela Beach but there is a lot of other reasons to go there   Even if you don't surf you might want to visit for the August and November surfing competitions where there are lots of activities such as sky diving, skateboard competitions, bikini contests and live music.

Puerto Escondido Surfing
     Big time surfing takes place on Playa Zicatela where waves can top 20 feet.  The norm is about 8- 12 along Puerto Escondido's surfing beach.
August and November International 
     Zicatela Beach is open to the ocean but there are other beaches sheltered where recreation swimming and snorkeling can be done.  
    The other protected (Small wave) beaches nearby have gentle surf and little undertow or rip current.
To the right of Zicatela as you face the water you will climb over some rocks and come to Playa Marinero, a protected beach with a couple of palapa restaurants, beach chairs, and small waves.  There is even enough wave action for the beginning surfer.  Other beaches are a short cab ride to the northwest, Carrizalillo Cove  and Puerto Angelito, two beaches in a protected cove.  Arrange with the taxi for a return.  

Puerto Escondido Diving
      PADI diving is offered at Puerto Escondido based out of a shop at the center of Playa Principal.  The shop provides all equipment, lessons, and the boat for trips to sheltered coves.
Find snorkeling at the cove beaches of Playa Carrizalillo and Puerto Angelito.

Puerto Escondido Camping
     Tent camping and RV camping
Find tent and RV campgrounds located in the center of Puerto Escondido.  The smaller of the two in the center, Palmas de Cortez, offers full hookups and shady tentsites 60 pesos per person plus a charge for the vehicle.   The manager, Rubin, speaks English and Spanish.  Look for a discount if you plan to stay a month or more.
     Puerto Escondido is a fishing village with a fleet of small boats that work from the main beach.  In the morning the families of the fishermen set up tables at Playa Marinero to clean and sell fish.   Buy a fillet to go or get one cooked at the site on on a charcoal grille.
In the morning Families set up tables
 to clean and  sell fish
 Common fish offered are the Dorado and the Huachinango or Red Snapper.   You will find red snapper on many beachside restaurant menus grilled or broiled whole.  The Dorado fillet is another favorite, cooked in garlic, al mojo con aljo.
Puerto Escondido Lodging
Puerto Escondido offers a variety of lodging for every budget.
Hotel Casa Vieja offers 350 Pesos per night lodging on the main street (pedestrian-only at night) at Playa Principal.
Across from Zicatela on Calle del Morro (street) you find a good variety of lodging from the four- star Hotel Santa Fe   at the northwest end of the beach to the more moderately priced lodging at the Arco Iris or even as low as $20 dollar Posada as you move away from the beach.

When to Go
For surfing,  most experts agree that beginning in May the swells start to appear.  By August surfing is at its peak and continues into November for the competition surfing.

 Surf Photos Puerto Escondido

Eco Touring
For bird watching the best time is during January /February when migratory birds are nesting in the lagoons
See Chacahua
For general beach recreation any time is ideal except that during Christmas and New Years many families vacation on the coast and the rates increase.

Alta Mar Bus runs bus routes over Route 200 from
 Acapulco to Huatulco with stops in Puerto Escondido
 and Pochutla

links to Oaxaca beaches Zipolite
Turtle Rescue Mazunte
Eco tours Chacahua

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