Practical Opportunities with the Beach Town Visits

55 km from Puerto Escondido is Mazunte, a beach famous for its sea turtles. A version of the origin of the Nahua name “Mazunte” is “pleasing lay eggs here” due to the large number of turtles that will lay their eggs there. For a time, Mazunte lived off the irrational industrial exploitation of turtles, to commercially exploit their meat, shell and bones; luckily those days are over and today the city is an environmental symbol of Oaxaca with its Mexican Turtle Center. Mazunte Beach has beautiful green and blue waters, with a pleasantly rustic atmosphere.

What Can I Do At Zipolite?

Zipolite, located 70 km from Puerto Escondido, was Mexico’s first nudist beach and still welcomes people who love to swim, sunbathe and stroll along sandy beaches as God brought them into the world. In January 2016, the beach hosted the Latin American Naturism Meeting, an event that brings together nudists from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico and other nations of the subcontinent.

The word “Zipolite” means “place of the dead”, for having been an indigenous cemetery. The beach also stands out for its gastronomic offer, with several restaurants that prepare delicious dishes based on fresh Pacific fish and seafood.

How is Playa Bacocho?

Bacocho is a public beach in Puerto Escondido, located 4 km east of the municipal capital, along the coastal road that leads to the town of Pinotepa Nacional. It is a long sandy beach, so ideal for beach joggers, and it is divided into three areas bounded by rock structures. There are palm trees in some areas and the width of the sand reaches up to 70 meters in some places. The beach is gently sloping, with warm blue-green waters and fine grayish sands.

Where Is Rocablanca Located?

This charming beach is located 35 km from Puerto Escondido, on the road that leads to the town of Pinotepa Nacional. Thousands of birds, such as seagulls, pelicans and cormorants, live on a long rock 300 meters offshore, and deposit their guano on the surface, making it white. The 6 km long beach has two sectors; the longest is that of intense waves, but in a smaller area on the west side is a small cove called Laguna Lagartero, where the sea is calmer. Rocablanca beach was one of the filming locations for the hit film Y tu mamá también.

Why Go To Rio Grande?

49 km west of Puerto Escondido is the interesting town of Rio Grande, also called Piedra Parada, which belongs to the Oaxacian municipality of Villa de Tututepec de Melchor Ocampo. The name Piedra Parada comes from a legend telling the story of a 9-year-old boy who, while on a hunting trip, pursued an iguana and entered a cave where he found three sculptures belonging to an ancient family of Chatinos, the oldest pre-Hispanic people of Oaxaca. The members of Grupo Miramar, which enjoyed great success in the 70s and 80s in the tropical ballad genre, are from Rio Grande.

What Is There To See In La Barra De Colotepec?

This small coastal community belonging to the municipality of Santa María Colotepec, also known as Barra 1, is located 6 km from Puerto Escondido. The Colotepec River flows into it and Barra 1 is located on the west side. On the eastern side of the stream, a little further from Puerto Escondido, is Barra 2.

From the “barras” there is a spectacular view of the river and the ocean and the area is a refuge for various species of fauna, such as turtles which have their habitat in the delta of the river, crocodiles and birds. There are casual restaurants on the shores that serve great seafood at very reasonable prices.