The resort city of Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, Mexico is a picturesque destination on the country’s Pacific shore. Visitors enjoy a peaceful landscape of sandy beaches, deep blue ocean waters and palm trees silhouetting clear blue skies. Surfers, boaters and sun worshippers are drawn to Puerto Escondido, a Mexican paradise whose spectacular beaches entice visitors from all over Mexico and around the world. But despite being internationally known for fantastic surfing and beautiful vistas, the city maintains a peaceful and authentic atmosphere. Don’t expect to find a city overrun with tourists. Puerto Escondido is a little more out of the way than other Mexican destinations and doesn’t cater to all-inclusive holiday packages. It’s famous for being an easy-going beach town.
The ideal getaway for relaxing on the beach with a book and forgetting life’s troubles, Puerto Escondido is a friendly city with plenty of dining options, ranging from fine dining at one of the city’s many restaurants to picking up some food at the market for a picnic on the beach. When you’re ready to take a break from relaxing, head over to the visitor’s centre to book a whale watching tour or rent a boat to go fishing. Take scuba diving lessons or a day trip with a snorkelling guide. Feeling adventurous? Try some parasailing from an aeroplane or go for a horseback ride. Enjoy the sunset as you walk along the beach and around the scenic, natural lagoon. Barter for souvenirs at the local market stalls or pick up some work from a local artist at one of the galleries.
Puerto Escondido is an active resort city year-round, with the high season running from December to April. The dry season starts in October, making October and November ideal months for enjoying great weather and taking advantage of deals on air fares before the busy season begins.
Puerto Escondido is a small city and most people can get around on foot. There are fixed taxi rate in town which are lower during the day, and going up at night. Rates must be confirmed on entering the taxi as some drivers will charge more. The city has a local bus system. For travel outside the city, there are businesses that rent cars and motorcycles. Most of the rental fleet vehicles are subcompact cars with manual transmission. If this is not acceptable then be sure to inquire ahead and reserve a more suitable vehicle.