Things to Do in Puerto Escondido

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido


Written by Paola Méndez  

5 min read

Puerto Escondido is an emblematic city in Oaxaca, Mexico that is known for its beautiful beaches and places to visit.

During the day and at night it is possible to do different activities to get in touch with nature, get to know the local gastronomy, or simply disconnect and relax our senses. 

If you don’t know what to do in Puerto Escondido, we leave you a list of activities that will make your stay unforgettable.

 1. Practicing water sports

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido | Sports in Puerto Escondido

One of the main attractions of Puerto Escondido is the variety of sports that can be practiced on its diverse beaches, for example, Zicatela Beach is famous for its tournaments and surfing.

In Carrizalillo Beach it is possible to scuba dive thanks to its calm waves, offering a beautiful approach to various marine species and coral reefs. 

The best options for snorkeling are Bacocho Beach, Carrizalillo Beach, and  Manzanillo Beach, thanks to their calm and transparent waters.

Another interesting activity to do is kayaking, a common activity in El Lago de Manialtepec and in the tours through the crystalline waters of Chacahua.

2. Strolling along the Adoquín

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido | El Adoquín Puerto Escondido

If you are looking for a traditional space with art, without a doubt the street known as Adoquín is an important tourist spot you should visit; there you can find several handicrafts, jewelry, clothing, bars, typical food restaurants, and music to liven up the afternoon. 

You should know that during the day, this main street is open to vehicular traffic and at night it is open to pedestrians, being the perfect place to enjoy with your partner or family

3. Enjoy the diversity of beaches

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido | Beaches in Puerto Escondido

The main attractions of Puerto Escondido are its beaches, so you can not leave without visiting them and knowing what makes each of them special. Among the main ones are:

Playa Bacocho. It is one of the longest and calmest beaches in the area, its waters are warm, deep blue, with strong waves and grayish sand. On this beach, you can enjoy a quiet walk in the afternoons and beautiful sunsets.

Playa Coral. It has beautiful turquoise blue waters, with a calm tide and spectacular vegetation, it is an excellent option for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing.

Playa Carrizalillo. It has blue-green waters, low tide, and mangroves, being an excellent option for diving or snorkeling. Near the beach, there are several restaurant options with great gastronomic offers.

Playa Puerto Angelito. Its sand is fine and white, with warm, shallow, greenish-blue waters. It is considered a natural pool made up of underwater landscapes composed of flora, fauna, and rocky bottoms.

Playa Manzanillo. Swimming and snorkeling can be practiced here due to its shallow waters and moderate waves. It has temperate green waters and fine white sand.

Bahía Principal. Its temperature is temperate and with regular waves, where sport fishing is practiced, so it is normal to find various marine species in its waters. 

Playa Zicatela. It is one of the most famous beaches in Puerto Escondido thanks to the practice and surf tournaments worldwide and has a swell that reaches a great height.

It has a walkway with restaurants, bars, and places where nightlife is one of its main attractions.

4. Observe bioluminescence in La Laguna de Manialtepec 

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido | Laguna de Manialtepec

If you want to know a magical and unique place on the planet, you must visit La  Laguna de Manialtepec and enjoy the bioluminescence tour, a natural wonder that is achieved thanks to the luminous plankton in the area.

5. Visiting the viewpoints

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido has two viewpoints to observe the spectacular scenery offered by the area, known as El  Mirador de las Tortugas and El  Mirador del Faro de La Barra.

El Mirador las Tortugas: it is a quiet and relaxing place located between Carrizalillo Beach and Bacocho Beach, it can be reached by walking through a path.

El Mirador del Faro de la Barra: also known as El Faro Punta Escondida, it is a small lighthouse located at the end of La Punta de Zicatela and before reaching La Barra, excellently located to enjoy nature and sunsets.

6. Visiting Zicatela Beach at night

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido | Zicatela Beach

Another great experience you can have in Puerto Escondido is to visit Zicatela Beach at nightfall, a space with a bohemian atmosphere, made up of different bars and places with live music, excellent traditional dishes, and a good cocktail or coffee.

There are also seasonal events that take place on the shore of the beach.

7. Visit the different restaurants in the area

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido | Restaurants in Puerto Escondido

Oaxaca is known for having one of the best gastronomies in Mexico and it is precisely Puerto Escondido, a place known for its diversity of restaurants full of traditional national and international flavors.

Traditional Food. Delight yourself with the flavors of Oaxaca in places like Mercado Benito Juárez, Terraza Moli, El Cafecito, Food Market La Punta, Piyoli Punta Zicatela, Café Olé and Almoraduz.

International Food. Get to know world-class dishes in places like Bananas, Persia and Lychee.

Seafood. If you have a craving for seafood, stop by Marisquería los Erizos, El Bunker de JP, La Morena, La Principal Cantina de Mar, Agua Salá and Espadín Restaurante.

Meat Cuts. Looking for a good cut of meat? Then you can visit Filomena or the Nene Grill.

Light. For those who enjoy light, vegan or vegetarian dishes, places like El Sultán or Restaurante Santa Fé are excellent options.

8. Lives in Puerto Escondido

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido | Living in Puerto Escondido

Without a doubt, Puerto Escondido is an ideal place to invest, live, or vacation, where every day you will enjoy excellent activities and attractions to have fun, relax and spend time alone, with your partner, your family, or friends.

OXEAN is a beachfront condo development located in Puerto Escondido, just a few minutes away from Bacocho Beach, being the perfect place to live and build a more comfortable life.

Would you like to live in Puerto Escondido? We invite you to take a tour of our development and start a better life near the sea.

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