Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido is a laid-back coastal town in Oaxaca, Mexico, known for its beautiful beaches, excellent surfing spots, vibrant nightlife, and charming local markets. It’s a favorite among backpackers, surfers, and travelers seeking a blend of natural beauty and authentic Mexican culture.

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Puerto Escondido QUICK INFO

  • 🇲🇽 State: Oaxaca
  • 👩‍🎨 Visitors per year: 2 million
  • ⏰ Timezone: Central Standard Time (GMT-6)
  • ✈️ Airport: Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM)
  • 💲 Currency: Mexican peso (MXN)
  • ✈️ Cheap flights: Kiwi.com
  • 🕝 Average Trip Length: 5-14 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

Puerto Escondido, located on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, has evolved from a quiet fishing village into a renowned surfers’ paradise and tourist destination.

Its history is deeply rooted in the indigenous Mixtec and Zapotec cultures, with the area becoming more accessible to the outside world in the 1930s when a road connecting it to the Oaxacan capital was completed.

The name, meaning “Hidden Port,” reflects its secluded and unspoiled nature. The discovery of its exceptional waves in the 1960s by surfers catapulted it onto the international surfing scene, especially at Zicatela Beach, home to the famous Mexican Pipeline.

What makes Puerto Escondido special is its stunning natural beauty combined with a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere that appeals to a diverse crowd, from surfers and adventure seekers to families and eco-tourists.

The town boasts some of the world’s best surfing waves, pristine beaches like Playa Carrizalillo, and a rich biodiversity, including the Laguna de Manialtepec and the Ventanilla, where mangrove ecosystems can be explored.

Its vibrant nightlife, local markets, and cultural festivals add to its charm, offering a blend of traditional Mexican culture and modern tourist amenities.

The community’s warm hospitality ensures visitors experience a genuine slice of coastal Mexican life.

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

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