Zicatela Beach is famed for its waves and surfing. The huge state of Oaxaca years ago established support systems for ecotourism on its coastal regions to create sustainable tourism.
Not far from Zicatela, lagoon boat tours and kayaking offer a look t the wildlife
Oaxaca Article about alternative adventure  with contact information http://www.transitionsabroad.
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Pacific Coast Beaches Mexico
Playa Principal is home to Puerto Escondido's fishing fleet.  You can buy fillets from the ladies that clean the fish each day.  The boats start coming in about 7:00 AM
The wives and families of the fishermen will fillet a fish to order and serve it fresh in a take home bag or they will cook it for you on a charcoal grille
Puerto Escondido
How to Get To  Puerto Escondido
Tourist Information Center
Secretaria de Tourismo
703 Ave Benito Juarez
Colonial Center,Oaxaca
Tel.  951-516-0123
How to Get There
From the Zocalo go 8 blocks north and three blocks east to Llano Park  They are in the building housing the Theatre.
  • Air
Air Service reaches Puerto Escondido and Huatulco from Oaxaca City and Mexico City
  • Bus, First Class
Buses leave Oaxaca's first class ADO terminal bound for Huatulco, Pochutla, ( Zipolite Beach stop)  and Puerto Escondido.
  • Bus Second Class
Buses leave Oaxaca City's second class terminal for Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.
  • Van
Van service from several providers in Oaxaca City reaches the coastal beach villages of Puerto Escondido, Zipolite, and Huatulco.   Van Details
  • Coastal Transportation
Once you reach the towns of Puerto Escondido and Pochutla, you find Collectivos (camionetta) collective taxis,  that make runs between Puerto Escondido and Pochutla for taxi connections to Mazunte, Puerto Angel, and Zipolite beaches.
Local buses run along the coast road and connect all the coastal towns and villages.
  • Air
Air Service reaches Puerto Escondido from Oaxaca City, Mexico City
  • Ecotours
Six miles west of Puerto Escondido at the  Manialtepec Lagoon (Laguna de Manialtepec) you can rent kayaks and take boat tours into the mangrove lagoon to observe animals and birds including spoonbills, storks, pelicans and cranes and a variety of migratory birds that feed among the mangroves.   
  • Boat Rental
Restaurant La Puesta del Sol  951-588-3867  Sea Food,  Kayak rentals, Boat tours
La Flor del Pacifico Restaurant seafood and Kayak rental/ boat tours
  • Puerto Escondido Diving
Puerto Escondido has a PADI dive shop at the center of Play Principal as you face the ocean.  They will provide all equipment, lessons, local info and boat trips. Cove beach dive spots for scuba and snorkel are Playa (beach) Carrizalillo,  and Puerto Angelito
  • Puerto Escondido Surfing
Playa Zicatela is Puerto Escondido's surfing beach with an annual November international competition.  This beach is open to the ocean and can have 20 foot waves, not recommended for swimming. Tandem skydiving during the November competitions add to the excitement.
  • Puerto Escondido Swimming
The protected beaches in Puerto Escondido are Playa Marinero and Playa Principal,  in the center of the village.  Others are Playa (beach) Carrizalillo, Puerto Angelito, and Playa Carrizalillo in protected coves a little north west of the village center (3/4 mile) Free parking on the hill above the beaches
Oaxaca Mexico has several great beaches including famed surfing beach, Zicatela.  The November National Championships  are held on what is called the Mexican Pipeline
Puerto Escondido is a Fishing Community famed for Surfing on Zicatela Beach.  Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, offers Ecotours, water Sport, kayaking, biking, Lagoon tours, turtle museum, surfing, diving, and nightlife.
Puerto Escondido Surfing, Playa Zicatela
Puerto Escondido's surfing beach is beyond the rocks in this view from Playa Marinero.  There are two annual competitions with the annual November international competition the best known.  (August- November) Zicatela Beach is open to the ocean and can have dangerous waves, it is not recommended for swimming.
Playa Marinero,
pictured above, is a small wave beach safe for swimming.

Restaurante El Caficito on Zicatela, great breakfast free WiFi
Puerto Escondido Playa Zicatela
The safer swimming beach is located in the center of the village, Playa Principal,  to the left as you face the ocean where the fishing fleet is moored.
Puerto Escondido Surfing
Bus Fares,Puerto Escondido  
Oaxaca Ecotours
Puerto Escondido Lodging
Bus Oaxaca, Pacific Coast
Hotels Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido pedestrian only street for shopping and nightlife
Further west on the coast the Chacahua lagoon offers tours and a huge bird population including storks and spoonbills.  Surfing and lodging are offered on Chacahua Beach.
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