on the Coast of Oaxaca
Golfing at Campo Tangolunda (very beautiful views of the bay).
Fishing along the Oaxacan Coast
: The most popular fish are the
guachinango (sea bream) and the pargo (snapper) but in the deep
waters it is easy to find, all year long, other fish such as the
candle-fish, the marlin, the barrilete (crab) and the rooster-fish.
The cold waters in winter give more opportunities for real fish
trophies with plentiful yellowfins. The lagoon of Chacahuá
and the lagoon of Manialtepec are good spots for fishing the mojarra
(small fish with white meat and many bones) or the robalo (bass).
Riding horses along Copalita River.
Snorkeling in the reef of La Entrega Beach, Santa Cruz Bay, Riscalillo
Beach and San Agustin Beach as well as the reef islands of Cacaluta
and Montosa. You can also snorkel in the Lagoon of Chacahuá,
sanctuary of turtles.
Mountain biking on the dirt trails linking small villages in the
mountains surrounding the coast.
Kayaking in Manialtepec, an excellent option to enjoy nature.
Visit the Mexican center of the Turtle where many diverse sea turtles
are displayed. Every aquarium is set with the flora and fauna essential
to the specie that it contains.
Visit the coffee plantations and enjoy nature with wonderful mountain
Abseiling in Punta Celeste, Piedra de Moros and Copalitilla Falls.
Rafting in Copalita and Zimatan Rivers that offer nice tropical
sceneries. There are kayak or canoe trips offering class 1 to 4
Driving ATV on dozen miles long beaches or in the jungle.
Visit the Lagoon of Chacahuá, a National Park that houses
136 species of birds, 23 of reptiles, 4 of amphibians and 20 of
mammals. The sea turtles come lay on the beaches of the park. There
is also a crocodile hatchery.
Visit the Lagoon of Manialtepec with its luxurious vegetation of
mangrove, home of thousands birds. You can rent a motor boat and
kayaks and follow tourist paths.
Abseiling in Cascada Reforma (about 60 m or 180 feet high) : It
compounds a natural rock wall as well as several ponds.
Bird watching in the Lagoon of Chacahuá.
Visit the archaeological site of Nopala (52 km or 35 miles from
Puerto Escondido) : it houses an ensemble of objects sculpted by
Chatina Indigenious. You can also visit the site of Tutupec (81
km or 50 miles from Puerto Escondido), a Mixteca lordship displaying
some remarkably well finished Pre-Hispanic sculptures.
Surfing in Puerto Escondido : it is one of the 10 best spots in
the world for surfing. From November to April, the swell goes from
weak to moderate and from May to October, the swell goes from moderate
to strong. The beaches have a sand bottom with breaking waves all
year long. One of the best spots is Zicatela.
This is a picturesque town with many bays lined
with high mountain ranges covered with a dense tropical vegetation.
It is known under the name of Costa Esmeralda (Emerald
coast) because of the colors of the crystal waters contrasting with
the fine white sand beaches.
One of the first names given to Puerto Escondido was "Zicatela",
name of one of the main beach of the harbor, which means, in Náhuatl:
"Place where there are big thorns".
During the thirties, the harbor started to change into a real village
but it nevertheless remained an almost virgin place with quiet and
fine white sand beaches, crystal emerald waters and luxurious vegetation
housing an abundant fauna. This is why, in the seventies, some brave
tourists ended up there in search of freedom, adventure and beautiful
In 1982, the federal government and the government
of Oaxaca State supported Puerto
Escondido, the Hidden Port, to make it one of the new tourist paradises
of the Pacific Coast.
This sea resort, with a promising future, has an international fame
: it is one of the rare places in America where one can surf at
a professional level thanks to huge waves on some beaches. Zicatela
Beach (with a 3km2 or 1.2 mi2 surface) is one of the famous beaches
for huge waves, ideal for surfing. The fauna is abundant: you can
see migrating birds, crocodiles, iguanas, sea turtles and armadillos
in their natural environment. The inhabitants of Puerto Escondido
promised to conserve the ecosystem and to preserve it with the creation
of an ecological reserve.
The climate is hot and humid, with summer rains and an average yearly
temperature of 28°C (82F). It is not yet “invaded”
by majestic "resorts"; there are many small scale hotels.
The city is parted in two : the old city, with
a walking street called El Adoquin and the street running alongside
Zicatela Beach, called Moro street. In the old city, you can find
many hotels, restaurants, boutiques, banks, ATM and the tourist
In Moro Street, there are many restaurants, bars, laundries, banks,
ATM and scooter rentals.
The most famous beaches are :
From West to East :
Bacocho Beach : This is a very long beach divided in three sections
among rocks, with many hotels and restaurants.
Carrizalillo Beach : nested in a cove, it is ideal for swimming,
snorkeling and surfing (lessons are available). There are many services
for RV and diving. It is accessible via many stairs down. There
are Palapas and bars if you need food or drinks. It is a nice paradise.
Manzanillo Beach : ideal for swimming and snorkeling, with nice
underwater landscape, warm and shallow water.
Port Angelito Beach : it is like a natural swimming pool! There
is a restaurant as well as a shop for renting diving equipment,
beach chairs and umbrellas.
These last two beaches are quieter because of a less easy access.
You can take a lancha at Principal Beach.
Principal Beach : You can rent motor boats to go high-sea fishing,
enjoy water sports or visit the different beaches. Hotels, restaurants
and bungalows are available. This is a quiet beach; the sea is calm
and the water color is a magnificent turquoise.
Marinero Beach : ideal for surfing, especially for beginners.
There are hotels and restaurants. You can ride horses and rent beach
chairs ($ 20).
Zicatela Beach : it is a very long beach with open sea. It is famous
for the waves that can reach 6m (20ft) high; it is ideal for expert
surfers. An international surf tournament is held every year, in
Be careful on Bacocho, Marinero and Zicatela Beaches because of
the strong swell....
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