Mazunte is a serene beach town in Oaxaca, Mexico, known for its stunning Pacific coastline, laid-back atmosphere, and commitment to environmental conservation, including the National Mexican Turtle Center dedicated to the study and protection of sea turtles.

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  • 🇲🇽 State: Oaxaca
  • ⏰ Timezone: Central Standard Time (GMT-6)
  • ✈️ Airport: Huatulco International Airport (HUX), Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM)
  • 💲 Currency: Mexican peso (MXN)
  • ✈️ Cheap flights:
  • 🕝 Average Trip Length: 3-7 days
  • 🛃 Visa: 180 days
  • 🚑 Travel Insurance: Ekta
  • 📲 Best Sim Card: Telcel
  • 🔌  Power plug: Type A (US, Canada)
  • 🚰 Tap water: Not drinkable
  • 💰 Cashless: No
  • 💵 USD allowed? No

Mazunte, historically a small fishing village in Oaxaca, Mexico, transformed into a conservation hub following a government ban on turtle meat and eggs, which led to the establishment of the National Mexican Turtle Center in the 1990s.

This center focuses on the preservation and study of sea turtles, marking Mazunte’s shift towards eco-tourism and environmental sustainability.

The village is part of the “Riviera Oaxaqueña” and has gained recognition for its beautiful beaches, such as Playa Mazunte and Playa Mermejita, and its efforts in sustainability, earning it a designation as a Pueblo Mágico in 2015 for its cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Mazunte stands out for its unique blend of natural beauty, environmental consciousness, and cultural richness. Its special appeal lies in the seamless integration of community-led conservation efforts with tourism, offering visitors a chance to engage with nature responsibly.

The pristine beaches, vibrant marine life, and lush surroundings provide a tranquil escape, while the presence of the National Mexican Turtle Center emphasizes the importance of ecological preservation.

Mazunte’s recognition as a “Pueblo Mágico” underscores its charm, offering a blend of authentic Oaxacan culture, artisanal markets, and eco-friendly accommodations, making it a model for sustainable tourism in Mexico.

  • Mazunte, Oaxaca
  • Huatulco (HUX), Puerto Escondido (PXM)
  • Rainy season: Jul-Oct
  • Hottest Month: August
  • Coldest month: January

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