The Pacific Coast of Oaxaca State has many beaches open to large waves. Zicatela is one of the notable beaches with well developed infrastructure, hotels, discos, tours, transportation and restaurants.
The area is also noted for ecotourism with tours through its coastal lagoons that create sustainable tourism.
Agencies also run tours to the coffee plantations in the mountains nearby
Zicatela Surfing, Oaxaca, Pacific Coast, Puerto Escondido
Playa Principal is home to Puerto Escondido's fishing fleet. You can buy fillets from the ladies that clean the fish each day. The boats start coming in about 7:00 AM
The wives and families of the fishermen will fillet a fish to order and serve it fresh in a take home bag or they will cook it for you on a charcoal grille
Puerto Escondido Accommodations are on the Surfing Beach, Zicatela Beach, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico
How to Reach Zicatela Beach
OCC Buses, a division of ADO, leave Oaxaca's first class ADO terminal bound for Huatulco. Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.
Buses leave the second class terminal in Oaxaca City for Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.
Collectivos (camionetta) in Pochutla make runs to Mazunte, Puerto Angel, and Zipolite beaches.
Collective taxis and local buses make frequent runs between Pochutla and Puerto Escondido
The Local buses run along the coast road and connect all the coastal towns and villages. From Pochutla to Puerto Escondido the cost is 20 peso for local bus or collective taxi.
Air Service reaches Puerto Escondido from Oaxaca City, Mexico City. Air service reaches Huatulco where OCC buses and local buses connect to Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.
Vans run from Oaxaca City for a 6-hour trip to the coast.
Six miles west of Puerto Escondido at the Manialtepec Lagoon (Laguna de Manialtepec) you can rent kayaks and take boat tours into the mangroves to observe animals and birds including spoonbills, storks, pelicans and cranes and a variety of migratory birds that feed among the mangroves.
Restaurant La Puesta del Sol 951-588-3867 Sea Food, Kayak rentals, Boat tours
La Flor del Pacifico Restaurant seafood and Kayak rental/ boat tours
Puerto Escondido Diving
Puerto Escondido has a PADI dive shop at the right side of Play Principal as you face the ocean. They will provide all equipment, lessons, local info and boat trips. Cove beach dive spots for scuba and snorkel are Playa (beach) Carrizalillo, and Manzanillo
Puerto Escondido Surfing
Playa Zicatela is Puerto Escondido's surfing beach with an annual November international competition. This beach is open to the ocean and can have 20 foot waves, not recommended for swimming. Tandem skydiving, bikini contests, skateboard competitions, and other events during the November competitions add to the excitement.
The protected beaches in Puerto Escondido are Playa Marinero(Principal) in the center of the village, Playa Marinero, and Playa (beach) Carrizalillo, a cove beach a little north west of the village center (1/2 mile) Free parking on the hill above the beaches
Oaxaca Mexico beaches include famed surfing beach, Zicatela. The August Surfing Competitions and November International Championship matches are held on Zicatela Beach, known for its tube waves as the Mexican Pipeline
Zicatela Surfing in Oaxaca on the Pacific Coast made Puerto Escondido famous. The once quiet fishing village offers Surfing on Zicatela Beach tube waves known as the Mexico Pipeline.
Puerto Escondido also offers Ecotours, Lagoon tours, diving, and nightlife.
Puerto Escondido Surfing, Playa Zicatela
Puerto Escondido holds annual surfing competitions in August and November.
The international competition bring excitement to the small fishing village made famous by its tube waves.
Tourist come to Puerto Escondido where some beaches are open to the ocean and can have dangerous waves. Zicatela Beach is not recommended for swimming as the sign above indicates.
Puerto Escondido has other protected beaches for swimming, the most popular is to the right of Zicatela as you face the water (north) Playa Marinero. Beginning surfers can practice at playa Marinero, a short walk from Zicatela, where the cove is sheltered from the open ocean.
Puerto Escondido Playa Principal
The safer swimming beach is located in the center of the village, Playa Principal, to the left as you face the ocean where the fishing fleet is moored.
Shopping and medical services can be found in Puerto Escondido
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