• Carrizalillo Beach

    Carrizalillo Beach

    Amazing Sunsets, beautiful swimming beach

  • Zicatela surfing beach Mex Pipe (May - Oct)

    Zicatela surfing beach Mex Pipe (May - Oct)

    Surfing Season May to October

  • Oaxaca Turtle conservancy

    Oaxaca Turtle conservancy

    Take part in the release of baby Golfina (Olive Ridley), Prieta (Black turtle) and Laud (Leatherback) sea turtles, some of the most endangered in the world. A truly special experience. Available December to May.

  • Manialtepec Lagoon

    Manialtepec Lagoon

    Enjoy a bird-watching boat trip in the early morning or afternoon , or take a kayaking trip for a more active experience around this wonderful lagoon, alive with hundreds of species of native and migratory birds and animals.

  • Dolphin watching

    Dolphin watching

    Ocean Trip: Dolphin, whale and turtle watching tours available with local guides

  • Baby turtle release on Palmarito Beach, Chila

    Baby turtle release on Palmarito Beach, Chila

    Take part in the release of baby Golfina (Olive Ridley), Prieta (Black turtle) and Laud (Leatherback) sea turtles, some of the most endangered in the world. A truly special experience. Available December to May.

  • Manialtepec Lagoon

    Manialtepec Lagoon

    Enjoy a bird-watching boat trip in the early morning or afternoon , or take a kayaking trip for a more active experience around this wonderful lagoon, alive with hundreds of species of native and migratory birds and animals.

  • Bird Watching at Colotepec

    Bird Watching at Colotepec

  • Manialtepec Lagoon mangrove

    Manialtepec Lagoon mangrove

  • Bird Watching at Manialtepec Lagoon

    Bird Watching at Manialtepec Lagoon

  • Bird Watching around Puerto Escondido

    Bird Watching around Puerto Escondido

  • Puerto Suelo fishing community

    Puerto Suelo fishing community

  • Reforma Waterfall road

    Reforma Waterfall road

  • Manialtepec Lagoon

    Manialtepec Lagoon

  • Fishing community

    Fishing community

  • Turtle watching ocean tours

    Turtle watching ocean tours

  • Bird watching at Manialtepec Lagoon

    Bird watching at Manialtepec Lagoon

  • Turtle Camp

    Turtle Camp

  • Zicatela Mex Pipe (May -Oct)

    Zicatela Mex Pipe (May -Oct)

  • Helping Iguanas (iguanario)

    Helping Iguanas (iguanario)

  • Migratory birds

    Migratory birds

  • Releasing Baby Turtles

    Releasing Baby Turtles

  • Amazing Sunsets

    Amazing Sunsets

  • Releasing Baby turtles

    Releasing Baby turtles

  • Colotepec River

    Colotepec River

  • Whale watching (Dec-Feb)

    Whale watching (Dec-Feb)

  • Releasing Baby Turtles (Dec - May)

    Releasing Baby Turtles (Dec - May)

  • Whale watching (Dec-Feb)

    Whale watching (Dec-Feb)

  • Bird watching

    Bird watching

  • Whale watching (Dec-Feb)

    Whale watching (Dec-Feb)

  • Releasing Baby turtles

    Releasing Baby turtles

  • Bird watching

    Bird watching

  • Releasing Baby Turtles (Dec - May)

    Releasing Baby Turtles (Dec - May)

  • Manialtepec Lagoon

    Manialtepec Lagoon

  • Releasing Baby Turtles (Dec - May)

    Releasing Baby Turtles (Dec - May)

  • Roca Blanca

    Roca Blanca

    30Kms fromPuerto Escondido, beautiful beach so swim and surf

Established in 1928, Puerto Escondido began life as a port for shipping the famous coffee of Oaxaca. The area has been inhabited by indigenous populations for centuries including the tribes of Colotopec and Mixtec.

In the 1960’s, when Highway 200 began to connect all of the towns along the coast, tourists began to discover the town and surfers found its beaches. Its importance as a port diminished as coffee shipments began going by truck instead of boat. However, the port does continue to support a bustling commercial fishing activity; with fish being caught including marlin and tuna.

Today’s Puerto Escondido is a home for fishermen, surfers, vacationers, and an eclectic expatriate community.

The initial pull of the tourist began because of the large, powerful and sometimes perfect waves of Zicatela beach, known as the Mexican Pipeline and which is rated in the top ten of all surfing destinations on the planet.

Puerto Escondido retains a slight off-the-beaten-track feel and lacks any large-scale resorts, thus maintaining its casual, laid-back atmosphere.

There’s a lot more to Puerto Escondido than its giant waves however. There are a number of other beautiful beaches for bathing and watching the world go by, Carrizalillo beach being one of the finest. For beginner surfers, this beach, as well as La Punta provide the perfect opportunity. The area surrounding the town has a wealth of natural wonders. Just 20 minutes north of Puerto Escondido, birders can rent kayaks or motorboats to view the pelicans, hawks, hummingbirds, spoonbills and many more that inhabit the mangrove forests of the Manialtepec Lagoon.

The climate in Puerto Escondido is tropical and consists of two seasons, dry (winter) and rainy (summer). The average daily temperature is around 30 C, or 86 F. The temperature doesn’t vary much throughout the year: it can get up to 34 in the summer, and down to 28 in winter. Nights can be relatively cool in December and January with temperatures dropping to the high teens.

The rains normally arrive in June or July, and stay till October. During the rainy season, there can be two to three days in a row of cloudy weather with rain, but typically it’s sunny in the morning into mid-afternoon. In the late afternoon-evenings, the rain can fall hard and heavy from thunderstorms building in the mountains, and can be a welcome respite from the heat of the day.

Below, is an outline of some of the activities available in and around Puerto Escondido which can be arranged from the hotel.

Manialtepec Lagoon– Bring out the birder in you with a bird-watching tour or take a kayaking trip for a more active experience around this wonderful lagoon, alive with hundreds of species of native and migratory birds and animals. Also, take a “Swimming with the Stars” tour where you will experience the unique phosphorescent phenomenon and take a swim through the plankton rich waters (seasonal).
Dolphin, whale and turtle watching tours with local guides available year round.
Deep sea fishing excursions available with local experts. We recommend Omar’s Sport Fishing.
Take part in the release of baby Golfina (Olive Ridley), Prieta (Black turtle) and Laud (Leatherback) sea turtles, some of the most endangered in the world. A truly special experience. Available December to May.

Beaches:
Playa Carrizalillo, Bacocho, Playa Coral, Puerto Angelito, and Playa Manzanillo are all within walking distance of Quinta Lili and ideal for swimming, snorkeling and learning to surf. Bahia Principal, Playa Marinero, Playa Zicatela, and La Punta are the main beaches in the town for the seasoned surfers, taking boat and fishing trips and perfect for a sunset stroll.

Take an evening stroll down the “Adoquin”, Avenida Perez Gazga, one of Puerto Escondido’s main tourist areas, fronting onto Bahia Principal.

There are a number of PADI certified scuba diving schools in Puerto Escondido and also plenty of snorkeling spots.

Walking Tours of Puerto Escondido – Can be arranged at the tourist information booth at the west end of the Adoquin.

Spanish Language Schools – There are a number of schools in Puerto Escondido. Oasis is recommended and a short walk from Quinta Lili.

Temazcal – Traditional Mexican steam bath. Experience this as well as a number of spa treatments at the Temazcalli Center

Mercado Benito Juarez – Local market open daily for fresh produce as well as clothing and handicrafts. Saturday morning is the best time to visit.

Atotonilco Hot Springs – A short drive from Puerto Escondido will take you to the village of San Jose on the banks of the Manialtepec River. From here you will venture on horseback along the river enjoying the trees and nature, until you reach the hot springs. The Atotonilco Hot springs are thermal waters adjacent to the river. Soak and unwind as the curative waters do their magic.

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Some things to do around Puerto Escondido

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www.oasissurffactory.com Surf lessons and Language School

Academia los Bravos  learn how to dance latino music

oaxaca-travel.com Tourist Guide to Oaxaca

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