Zipolite is a small, laid-back beach town in Oaxaca, Mexico, known for its stunning, open beach, a relaxed atmosphere, and a unique acceptance of nudism, making it a popular destination for those seeking an alternative, bohemian lifestyle amidst natural beauty.

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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: 3-5 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

Zipolite, located on the southern coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, is a beach community that has retained its rustic charm and laid-back atmosphere despite its growing popularity.

Historically, it emerged as a destination for backpackers and travelers seeking an escape from commercialized tourist spots in the 1960s and 1970s.

Its name, believed to be derived from the Nahuatl word “Zipotli,” meaning “bumpy place” or “place of continuous bumps,” aptly describes its long, curved beach flanked by rugged cliffs.

Over the years, Zipolite has become synonymous with freedom, attracting a diverse crowd drawn to its unique blend of natural beauty, bohemian vibe, and open-minded attitudes towards nudism.

What makes Zipolite special is its distinction as one of the few beaches in Mexico where nudism is tolerated, drawing visitors from around the world seeking a place of acceptance and freedom.

This open-mindedness is complemented by its breathtaking natural scenery, including golden sands, clear blue waters, and stunning sunsets.

Unlike more developed tourist destinations, Zipolite maintains a relaxed, slow-paced lifestyle, offering a genuine experience of community and simplicity.

The town is also known for its strong sense of camaraderie among locals and visitors, vibrant nightlife, and cultural events that celebrate its unique identity and the natural environment that surrounds it.

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

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