Mazunte Lodging, Oaxaca Pacific Coast Turtle Museum
and Beach Village
Mazunte is a one-street village but does offer an Internet café, restaurants, and lodging.
Mazunte beach is small but offers surfing at times in the cove beside Punta Cometa. From Mazunte reach Zipolite for surfing and Playa Panteon in Puerto Angel for a sheltered cove swimming beach. Puerto Angel and Zipolite offer modern hotels at $25-50 USD a night with snorkel tours, scuba diving, and sightseeing boat tours leaving from the beach in front of the hotel in Puerto Angel.
From Zipolite you can catch a camionetta to the crossroads on Route 200 and then a $20 peso local bus north to Zicatela Beach, home of the Mexican Pipe-Line in Puerto Escondido.
(Puerto Escondido also offers cove beaches)
Puerto Escondido is still remote compared to the Mexican Riviera's Acapulco and Puerto Valarta,
Escondido offers rental equipment, tour attractions, nightclub happy hours, luxury hotels, and beaches. With lodging from $5 a night up to $150, every budget can enjoy Puerto Escondido. Breakfast for $4.50: Pancakes, fruit, and coffee, Dinner: $6.50USD grilled Dorado, Guacamole, tostadas steamed vegetables.
From Puerto Escondido you can travel north along the coast to Acapulco. or south to Salina Cruz and the San Cristobal de las Casas or Tapachula Chiapas (Beaches)and into Guatemala.
You'll find bus service efficient and inexpensive, and the lodging reasonable and readily available except at Christmas time, New Years, and Easter vacation.
Mazunte Lodging, Oaxaca Pacific Coast Turtle Museum and Beach Village offers rustic lodging on the beach and the Turtle rescue program and museum. Oaxaca's Quiet Pacific Coast Beach Community
Mazunte Beach Lodging:
For independent travelers Mazunte offers inexpensive accommodations and great ocean views at the Playa Mazunte bordered by Punta Cometa, just to the right or northeast as you face the turtle museum. Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga, or Mexican Turtle Center.
Mazunte and Oaxaca's other Pacific Coast beaches never see crowds except during the November surfing competitions at Puerto Escondido and again at Christmas/ New Years, and Easter for the other beaches such as Mazunte. Otherwise these beaches are seldom crowded
From Mazunte you can cab or collectivo to San Augustinillo, Zipolite, or Puerto Angel. Mazunte offers Eco touring and the turtle Museum and rescue project.
Mazunte is a small beach community in Oaxaca State forty miles south of Puerto Escondido and five miles northwest of Zipolite Beach.
The attraction of Mazunte for a few surfers and independent travelers is the turtle museum and the beach where lodging is budget variety including tenting on the beach beneath a palm shelter for 45 pesos per night.
Cabanas and rooms rent for $15 -$20 a night USD and are plentiful except during Christmas and Easter holidays.
Pitch a tent or rent a hammock right on the beach with a restaurant, bar, walk 50 yards from your tent to the Pacific surf.
Get to Mazunte by OCC bus or local bus from Puerto Escondido on highway 200 to Pochutla and then collectivo, (collective cab or camionetta, a small pickup truck with a covered top) to Zipolite. If you arrive via the local bus fro Puerto Escondido ask the bus driver to stop at the crossroads for Zipolite/Mazunte and then get a collective camionetta to Mazunte or Zipolite.
be reached by air from Oaxaca's airport (OAX) to Puerto Escondido and then by OCC first Class bus or local bus along the coast road, route 200, to Pochutla, and from there a short taxi ride or collective taxi called a camionetta.
First Class Bus service leaves the first class terminal in Oaxaca City for Huatulco 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, medicine has been succesful for travelers 160 Pesos
Transportation to Mazunte
How to Reach Mazunte from Oaxaca City, San Cristobal de las Casas, and Acapulco:
Three Different Bus Routes reach the area of Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, and Huatulco on Oaxaca's Pacific Coast.
ADO, First Class service via OCC Buses reach Pochutla via Juchitan, Salina Cruz and Huatulco. The route then goes Northwest along the coast to Pochutla (Mazunte/Zipolite stop) and then to Puerto Escondido
Second Class buses run over Route 175 and Route 131, making more direct runs over the mountains to Pochutla and Puerto Escondido
Vans from Oaxaca City rech Puerto Escondido and Mazunte in six hours. 170 Pesos
Juchitan and Salina Cruz are also first class transportation hubs for trips to San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque (Chiapas State)
Estrella Blanca Buses run first Class service, 10 trips daily, from Puerto Escondido
to Acapulco along coastal Route 200.
Local buses run every hour along the coastal route 200 highway connecting Huatulco, Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.
Mazunte Lodging can be as simple as pitching a tent at a beach side palapa restaurant. The one-street village does offer an Internet café, restaurants, and lodging. Across from the church,above, find the short road to the beach
Mazunte Lodging on the Oaxaca Pacific Coast near the Turtle Museum and Beach Village can be rustic tenting on Mazunte beach beneath a palm Palapa.
Collective taxis on the coast are available for runs from Pochutla to Puerto Angel and Mazunte/Zipolite for 20 pesos. Reach also Ventanilla. Get the collective taxi at the church or at the crossroads to Route 200.
A pickup truck with a covered bed called Camionetta makes runs to Puerto Angel, Zipolite and Mazunte. 10 pesos.