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
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 Van, Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido by Van
Playa Principal is home to Puerto Escondido's fishing fleet. You can book a sport fishing charter on the main street near Play Principal
Many seafood restaurant front the beach at Playa Principal or you can buy fillets from the ladies that clean the fish each day. The fishing fleet starts coming in to unload the catch 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 Activities, Tours, Sightseeing
How to reach Puerto Escondido if you choose not to go by van
Flights reach Puerto Escondido from Oaxaca City Airport (OAX) and Mexico City
First class buses leave Oaxaca's first class ADO terminal on a bus route for Huatulco, Pochutla, and Puerto Escondido, 10 hours.
Second class buses leave Oaxaca City's second class terminal for Pochutla and Puerto Escondido. Eight Hours
In Puerto Escondido and Pochutla there are local buses and Collectivos (camionetta) that make runs along the coast road and connect to Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, Puerto Angel, and Zipolite beaches.
OCC Buses and Estrella Blanca Buses (Futura Bus) run bus routes between Puerto Escondido , Pochutla, and Huatulco.
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
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.
The protected beaches in Puerto Escondido are Playa Marinero and Playa Principal, in the center of the village. Others are Playa (beach) Carrizalillo in 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
Modern Vans with AC leave Oaxaca City every hour on the half hour for the six hour trip to Puerto Escondido
- Van Service to Puerto Escondido
Van service starts at 4:30 am and runs every hour on the half hour until 8:30 pm
Last trip at 11 pm.
The van fare for the six-hour trip to Puerto Escondido is 160 Pesos
The terminal in Oaxaca City is located on Avenida Hidalgo, Five blocks west of the northwest corner of the Zocalo.
The terminal in Puerto Escondido is located in the center of the village.
- Puerto Escondido Terminal
These are relatively new, air conditioned, 15-passenger vans with reclining seats.
Note. The van route for Puerto Escondido could be via Sola de Vega, over the steep southern mountains. Some passengers experience motion sickness because of the winding switchbacks. Several medications are recommended by travelers. Check with the Mexican farmacias for the over the counter medication for motion sickness. These pills are effective for the six hour trip.
Van Service reaches the Puerto Escondido beaches in six hours from Oaxaca City. Vans from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido for fishing charter, surf board rental, scuba diving, ecotours, kayaking, turtle museum, and nightlife.
Puerto Escondido Surfing, Playa Zicatela
Puerto Escondido's surfing beach is beyond the rocks to the left of Playa Marinero as you face the ocean. 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 is a small wave beach safe for swimming.
Restaurante El Caficito on Zicatela, great breakfast free WiFi
Zicatela Beach Puerto Escondido
Vans run from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido and Pochutla
Vans for Mihuatlan and Pochutla