on the Pacific coast
can be isolated beaches
like the several in between
the resort towns of Puerto
Escondido in the north
and the nine bays of
Huatulco to the south.
Zipolite and Puerto
Angel among others.
On Oaxaca's Zipolite Beach the accommodations can be rustic
Zipolite lies between Mazunte and Puerto Angel, out of the way resort areas reached by bus from Puerto Escondido or taxi, collectivo, or camionetta from Pochutla
Oaxaca's Zipolite Beach,
Beaches in Oaxaca Mexico range from the very rustic and nearly deserted Zipolite to the well-developed and nearly deserted beaches of Huatulco.
The exception might be at Christmas time when many Mexican families leave the cities and head to the beach.
The other exception would be the beaches at Puerto Escondido where surfers have made a legend of Zicatela Beach and the Mexican Pipeline and it is there that the November surfing championships are held.
Otherwise Oaxaca's marvelous beaches at Puerto Escondido, Zipolite, Mazunte, Puerto Angel, and the 32 beaches of Huatulco are rarely crowded.
Oaxaca's Pacific Coast Beaches
Oaxaca's Pacific Coast Beaches lack an infrastructure that can handle large numbers of people and if they could there is still no easy way to get to most of the beaches on Oaxaca's Pacific Coast. Oaxaca State's best known beaches Huatulco and Puerto Escondido have limited air service and the mountains make a bus or auto trip from Oaxaca City an 8-hour ordeal for all but the dedicated traveler.
Oaxaca's Pacific Coast Beaches might be in for a change. A new highway from Oaxaca City to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec will change things in 2012 making Huatulco a ten-hour drive from Mexico City and a four-hour trip from Oaxaca City.
For now, however, Oaxaca's Pacific Coast beaches are a quiet paradise were you can dine on fresh grilled Dorado beneath a straw palapa and then stretch a hammock between some palms for a mid-day snooze.
Shambala Posada in the background at Zipolite, rooms and dorms for as little as $5 USD per day.
Oaxaca's Zipolite Beach, Transportation
Zipolite can be reached by air from Oaxaca's airport (OAX) to Puerto Escondido and then from bus southeast along the coast to Pochutla. and from there a short taxi ride.
First Class Bus service leaves the first class terminal in Oaxaca City for Huatulco's Beaches and then Pochutla. (10 hours)
Second Class bus service leaves Oaxaca City's Second Class terminal and goes over the mountains to Puerto Escondido or to Pochutla. (8 hours)
Van service makes a run to Pochutla. (6 hours)
The mountain driving can be tough on those prone to motion sickness, dramamine is recommended.
Beaches in Oaxaca: Transportation to Zipolite, Mazunte
Zipolite Beach at dawn in November
Oaxaca's Zipolite Beach can be reached by air from Oaxaca's airport (OAX) to Puerto Escondido and then from bus southeast along the coast to Pochutla. and from there a short taxi ride or camioneta takes you to Zipolite .
Zipolite resort areas
reached by bus from