Zipolite Beach, Lodging on Oaxaca's Pacific Coast

Zipolite Lodging and Activities

Zipolite's one-street village offers an  Internet café and weekend disco with a few nice restaurants but is otherwise rustic and remote.
Zipolite dining

Several of the Zipolite lodging hotels and posada do offer WiFi, dining, bar, and parking.
Playa Panteon in Puerto Angel offers the most relaxed swimming beach and a modern hotel at $25-50 a night with snorkel tours, scuba diving, and sightseeing boat tours leaving from the beach in front of the hotel.

the Inn, Lo Cosmico, offers rooms and cabanas on a hill averlooking the beach. (260-420 Pesos)  $20-35 USD)

The four star Alquimista offers daily yoga class, pool, and spa, restaurant, and beach front location. 

Hotel Nude offers Bar, international restaurant, massage service,
pool, and beachside location.

Zipolite's Hotel Lyoban for the budget conscious traveler

The temperature at Zipolite hovers at 86 with a strong mid day sun.  You'll find bus service efficient and inexpensive, and the lodging reasonable and readily available  except at Christmas time, New Years, and Easter.

Bus options are bus routes north along the coast to Acapulco.  
(cold buses with extreme AC)
or south to Chiapas

Zipolite Beach Lodging includes Posadas and hotels at the west end of the beach which offer everything you will need to enjoy Oaxaca's Best Pacific Coast Beach.
Camping is also available at several locations
Surfing Zipolite Beach
Lodging on Zipolite Beach

Zipolite Beach Lodging

  • Posada  (Inn
For independent travelers the Posada Shambala at the west end of the beach offers inexpensive accommodations and a great view.
  • San Cristobal
At the west end, Posada San Cristobal offers rooms with restaurant, private bathroom, shower, 200 Pesos.
  • Posada Mexico
Posada Mexico, next to San Cristobal, offers rooms and restaurant, 200-300.
Candles line the outdoor café at Zipolite Beach's Posada Mexico  at night while visitors watch the sunset and sip their drinks.
Find posadas right on the beach with restaurants, bars, hammock areas, and a lifeguard station nearby  for 200 pesos.  $15-$20 USD  per night.  
  • Hotel
San Cristobal offers a new building with modern rooms and parking for 500 Pesos..  Hotel Adoquin is across the street 150-300
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, hotels, camping.

Zipolite Camping

At the east end of the road at Roca Blanca find camping on the beach for 50 Pesos.
At times camping can be as little as  25 Pesos per person.
  • Where is Zipolite
Zipolite is located forty miles south of  Puerto Escondido.  Zipolite is a low rise beach community that caters to surfers, a few nudists, and independent travelers.
  • Sunrise, Sunset
The attraction is the sunrises and sunsets along with the lodging right on the beach for $15 -$20 a night  USD except during holidays.
  • Surf
Surfing is the best option at Zipolite; the rip currents can be dangerous.  A lifeguard is on duty and will advise on the conditions for swimming.
The better swimming beach is at Puerto Angel
  • Solitude
Zipolite's Pacific Coast beach never sees crowds except  at Christmas/ New Years and Easter Vacation.

Reach Zipolite Beach by bus from Puerto Escondido to Pochutla and then collective camionetta or taxi to Zipolite.  Or, if arriving from Puerto Escondido, ask the local bus driver to stop at the crossroads for Zipolite/Mazunte and then get a collectivo or Camioneta to Zipolite.
  • Air
Reach Zipolite by air from Oaxaca's airport (OAX) to Puerto Escondido and then on OCC bus, Estrella Blanca Bus, or local bus southeast along the coast to Pochutla, and from there a short taxi ride.
  • Bus,First Class Bus
OCC Bus leaves the first class terminal in Oaxaca City for Huatulco,  and then Pochutla. (10 hours)

  • Second Class bus service
Second Class buses leave Oaxaca City's Second Class terminal and go over the mountains to Puerto Escondido or to Pochutla.  (8 hours)
Vans makes a run to Pochutla. and Puerto Escondido (6 hours) for 120 Pesos
The mountain driving can be tough on those prone to motion sickness and the buses can be cold.
Transportation to Zipolite
Reach Zipolite, Details
Four different bus routes reach the area of Zipolite, Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, and Huatulco, on Oaxaca's Pacific Coast.
  • ADO Bus, First Class
First Class service reaches Pochutla via Salina Cruz and Huatulco on OCC bus from Oaxaca City or ADO Bus from Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas.  From Huatulco the bus route goes northwest along the coast to the transportation hub of Pochutla (Zipolite stop) and then to the beach town of Puerto Escondido.
Estrella Blanca Bus runs a first class bus route from Acapulco to Puerto Escondido, Pochutla, and Huatulco,
Pochutla, Huatulco, and Salina Cruz are first class transportation hubs for ADO and OCC bus routes to San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque via Villahermosa, (Tabasco and Chiapas State)

Estrella Blanca Buses run first Class service, 10 trips daily, between Puerto Escondido and Acapulco along Pacific Coast Route 200.
  • Second Class Bus
Second class buses run over Route 175 and Route 131 from Oaxaca City, making direct runs over the mountains to Pochutla and Puerto Escondido. (8 hours)
Van Service runs frequently from Oaxaca City to Pochutla, 160-180 pesos, six hour trip over the mountains.
  • Air Service
Puerto Escondido and Huatulco offer air service from several cities in Mexico including Oaxaca city and Mexico City

Zipolite Beach Lodging

El Quimista Cabanas
Just below Shambala on the west end of the beach

 Lo Cosmico Posada  Lo Cosmico offers cabins, shelters with hammocks, restaurants  and a variety of options including massage and aromatherapy nearby on the west end of Zipolite beach between the Shambala and San Cristobal.

Zipolite Beach Lodging Considerations:
  • Mosquito Protection
Look for mosquito protection, either a mosquito net over the bed or screens on the windows.
  • Ceiling Fan
Ask about these options:
  • Wifi, there are two good internet cafés on the small main street at Roca Blanca, on the west end of Zipolite
  • Hot Water, not many posada offer hot water
  • Restaurant with bar,
  • Secure parking.  
Zipolite Lodging is offered at hotels, posada, and beneath palapa shelters on Zipolite Beach

Sur Bus

Sur Bus runs bus routes along the Pacaific coast between Huatulco and Puerto escondido.  Hourly service, 7 am to 8 pm, stops in Pochutla

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