Photo: Kyle Pearce, Sunset at Playa Zicatela
Puerto Escondido is a picturesque retreat on Oaxaca’s Pacific Coast. A 19th-century shipping point for coffee plantations and later ‘discovered’ by surfers in the 1970s, Puerto Escondido is a relatively new town.
The town’s official founding dates to 1928 when it took its names from rocks in the harbor known to sailors as ‘Punta Escondida.’
Beaches, Surfing and Swimming
Carrizalillo and Manzanillo Beaches are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Surfers favor Zicatela Beach where the waves can reach six meters (18+ feet). An international surfing tournament is held each year between August and November.
Bird watchers and nature lovers should visit the local parks. Just 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of town is Laguna Manialtepec. Further north — 74 kilometers (46 miles) — is Chacahua Lagoons National Park.
Puerto Escondido is one of the best-located places along the Mexican Pacific Coast for sport fishing. Trips can be arranged via small fishing boats (pangas) skippered by knowledgeable captains of the Cooperativa de Pesca Deportiva, Avenida National Marina. Pangas (small boats) accommodate up to four people and most trips depart at dawn and return mid-day.