Zipolite Beach Sunsets On Oaxaca's Nude Optional Pacific Coast Beach

Zipolite Beach is Oaxaca's nude optional Pacific Coast Beach noted for sunrises and sunsets Beach dining at sunset in a rustic setting makes Zipolite popular with independant travelers.
  • Camping.
Camping on the beach is a great way to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets at Zipolite.  Campsites as low as 25 Pesos per person are located about two blocks east of the Posada San Cristobal right on the beach.

Oaxaca's other Pacific Coast beaches include Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, Puerto Angel, San Agustinillo, Ventanilla.  These beaches are not nude optional.  The beaches are rarely crowded except during the August and November surfing competitions at Puerto Escondido and again during Christmas/ New Years week and during Easter week.

Zipolite's  nude-optional beach is one of the few places in Mexico were public nudity is allowed.
From Zipolite you can cab or Collective cab (Camioneta) to Puerto Angel for small waves.  Go in the other direction for Mazunte where you can find Eco touring and the Turtle Museum and rescue project.

Zipolite Pacific Coast Sunrise

Zipolite offers great sunrises and sunsets.  The beach runs east west and this means that the sun rises over a grop of rocks at the edge of the ocean and sets over another group at the western end of the beach.
Restaurants such as
Posada San Cristobal right on the beach , and Posada Mexico are nice for sunset dining.

For breakfast, the restaurant, "A Nice Place on The Beach," will serve a three-egg Canadian breakfast. 

Sunrises are spectacular from the lodging available at Shambal at the west end of the beach on the hillside above the beach. 

Zipolite is Mexico's only nude optional beach. 

  • Air Service
Zipolite Beach can be reached by air from Oaxaca's airport (OAX) to Puerto Escondido's airport and then on OCC bus, Estrella Blanca Bus, local bus or collective taxi southeast along the coast to Pochutla.  From Pochutla a short taxi ride reaches Zipolite Beach.
  • First Class Bus
First Class Bus service via OCC Bus leaves the first class terminal in Oaxaca City for Huatulco, and then Pochutla. (10 hours)
  • Second Class bus service
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
Frequent vans makes a run to Pochutla. (6 hours) for 160-180 pesos.  
The mountain driving can be tough on those prone to motion sickness. Travelers recommend one dramamine pill before the trip.
OCC buses from the ADO terminal in Oaxaca City avoid the steep mountain roads by going Route 190 to Huatulco.  (8-10 hours)
Transportation to Oaxaca's Zipolite Beach
Reach Zipolite from  San Cristobal de las Casas and Acapulco:
  • Bus Routes
Three Different Bus Routes reach the beach areas of Zipolite, Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, and Huatulco on Oaxaca's Pacific Coast.  
  • Coastal Route, Acapulco
A coastal route follows Route 200 between Acapulco and Huatulco with stops in Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.  Estrella Blanca Buses (Futura Bus and Alta Mar Bus) run first Class service, 8 trips daily along coastal Route 200
  • Isthmus Route
The Isthmus Route is well traveled by visitors to Palenque who make Zipolite a stop along their trip.  OCC Bus serves Salina Cruz.  ADO Bus serves to Villahermosa and Palenque from there.  
  • San Cristobal  de las Casas, Chiapas Route
OCC Buses offer first class service to Pochutla from San Cristobal de las Casas via Salina Cruz or Huatulco.  From Huatulco the route then goes northwest along the Pacific coast to the town of Pochutla, a bus hub.  (Puerto Angel,Zipolite, Mazunte stop) and then to Puerto Escondido.
Zipolite Beach Lodging Considerations:
when shopping for lodging look for mosquito protection, either a mosquito net over the bed or screens on the windows.  Ask about these options: a ceiling fan, wifi, hot water, restaurant with bar, secure parking.  
Zipolite Beach, lodging, Oaxaca, Mexico
Dawn, Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca, Mexico
Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca
Surfing Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca, Mexico
Zipolite Sunset
Dawn on Zipolite's Pacific Coast Beach
Sunrise at Zipolite Beach
Zipolite Beach Sunrise and Sunset
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