The Pacific Coast of Oaxaca State offers many beaches open to large waves.  
Zicatela is one of the notable beaches.  
The area is also noted for ecotourism on its coastal regions with tours that create sustainable tourism.
Oaxaca Article about alternative adventure  with contact information http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publications/magazine/0211/mexicointheclouds.shtml
Puerto Escondido, Surfing Oaxaca's Zicatela Beach, 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 Surfing, Zicatela Beach, Pacific coast Mexico
How to Reach Puerto Escondido   
Tourist Information Center Oaxaca City
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.
Buses leave Oaxaca's first class ADO terminal bound for Juchitan, Salina Cruz, Huatulco. Pochutla and Puerto Escondido
Buses leave the
second class terminal for Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.
Collectivos (camionetta)in Pochutla make runs to Mazunte, Puerto Angel, and Zipolite beaches.
Local buses run along the coast road and connect all the coastal towns and villages   
Air Service reaches Puerto Escondido from Oaxaca City, Mexico City
Six miles west of Puerto Escondido at the  Manialtepec Lagoon (Laguna de Manialtepec) you can rent kayaks and take boat tours into the mangroves to observe animals and birds including spoonbills, storks, pelicans and cranes and a variety of migratory birds that feed among the mangroves.   
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 right side 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 Manzanillo
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.
Swimming
The protected beaches in Puerto Escondido are Playa Marinero(Principal) in the center of the village and Playa (beach) Carrizalillo,
Manzanilla, and angelit coves a little north west of the village center (1/2 mile) Free parking on the hill above the beaches
Oaxaca Mexico has several great beaches including famed surfing beach, Zicatela.  The November National Championship matches are held on Zicatela Beach
Puerto Escondido offers Surfing on  Zicatela Beach and ample lodging.  Puerto Escondido also offers ecotours, water Sport, kayaking, biking, lagoon tours, nearby turtle museum, diving, and nightlife.
Puerto Escondido Surfing, Playa Zicatela
Puerto Escondido's surfing beach has two annual competitions with the annual November international competition the best known.  This beach is open to the ocean and can have dangerous waves, it is not recommended 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
Zicatela Beach,  surfing Oaxaca's Pacific  Coast
Zicatela Beach,  surfing Oaxaca's Pacific  Coast
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