Whether your favorite vacation activity is surfing, swimming, shopping, or simply soaking up the sunshine, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Puerto Escondido. A secluded and surprisingly affordable beach town on Oaxaca, Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Escondido combines breathtaking natural beauty, world-class surfing, and a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle to create a truly unique vacation destination.
Though it remains uncrowded and retains its friendly ambiance, Puerto Escondido features accommodations, activities, and attractions for every taste and budget.
Where to Stay – The Different Neighborhoods
There are several distinct areas within Puerto Escondido, each one offering a different vacation experience.
If you love surf, sand, and plenty of action, we recommend Playa Zicatela, the main beach, and tourist area. Surfers from around the world are drawn by Zicatela’s amazing waves and vibrant nightlife.
For a more relaxing retreat we recommend scenic Playa Carizalillo, a secluded cove that’s Puerto Escondido’s best swimming beach; the calm waters and serene, uncrowded atmosphere make Playa Carizalillo perfect for families, and it’s also the ideal destination for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. The neighborhood by Playa Carizalillo has developed into a charming area that has a great relaxed vibe lined with nice little restaurants.
For superb surfing combined with a very quiet village vibe, check out La Punta, located at the southernmost tip of Puerto Escondido.
The 8 Best Hotels in Puerto Escondido
Located on a cliffside overlooking beautiful Carrizalillo beach, Villas Carrizalillo consists of 12 individual private luxury villas in a secluded setting of unrivaled natural beauty. The villas, 10 of which include fully equipped kitchens, are all air conditioned and range from spacious family-sized 3 bedroom units to cozy 1 bedroom studios perfect for a romantic retreat. Amenities include a full service restaurant, a terrace bar, pool, satellite TV, wireless internet, and daily maid service. The villas are just 5 minutes by taxi from downtown and the Puerto Escondido airport, and are within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the Rinconada Strip. Getting from the hotel to the beach involves navigating a sizeable staircase (about 100 steps) cut into the cliff, but the calm crystal water definitely makes it worth the workout.Official Website
Quinta Lili is a unique mid-range boutique house hotel with just five rooms, conveniently located within walking distance of both Carizalillo Beach and a variety of local shops and restaurants. Amenities include free wifi, pool, airport transportation, and an authentic Mexican breakfast featuring local cuisine every day of your stay. The spacious and airy first floor rooms overlook the pool while the Master Suite, which occupies the entire second floor, offers panoramic ocean views and a private outdoor hot tub. Quinta Lili is quiet and intimate, making it ideal for honeymooners or couples on a romantic getaway, and it’s particularly renowned for its welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, and friendly, helpful multi-lingual staff.Official Website
Individuals or couples looking for peaceful vacation lodging should consider Villa Mozart y Macondo, a mid-range adults-only accommodation set in a tranquil and amazingly beautiful garden. Guests can chose a standard bedroom unit with two single beds and a shared bathroom or one of two bungalows, both of which feature private bathroom/showers, king size beds, and kitchenettes. There is no TV or AC but the rooms are all equipped with ceiling fans and amenities include free wifi and daily continental breakfast. The hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance of Carizalillo beach and local shops and restaurants.Official WebsiteBook Now
Suites La Hacienda is a great mid-range, family-friendly choice for vacationers who like the quiet and security of a residential area but still want to be within walking distance of Carizalillo Beach. The hotel’s Classic Family Room units sleep up to 5 people, and the Suites up to 3 people; pets are welcome, and one child under 6 stays free. Amenities include AC, pool, free wifi, cable TV, a bar, and BBQ facilities. All rooms feature kitchenettes, a balcony or terrace, and private bathroom/toilet. Located in a beautifully landscaped garden setting, this popular accommodation is an easy walk from both Carizalillo Beach and the downtown area, and it’s just 2.7k from the excitement of Zicatela Beach.Official WebsiteBook Now
Hotel Aqua Luna
The best choice for individuals, couples, and groups of up to 5 people who want to be near Zicatela beach, Hotel Aqua Luna is a mid-range adults-only accommodation that’s close to the action. The hotel offers a host of affordable options ranging from simple single rooms to bedroom/livingroom/kitchen combos and even one-bedroom apartments or a loft cottage. Amenities include free wifi, pool, restaurant/bar, and rooftop lounge with jacuzzi; all rooms have a private toilet/shower and ceiling fan, but only some rooms have AC. Non-smoking rooms are available. It’s a very short walk to Zicatela Beach and the shops and restaurants of the business district, but delicious cuisine is as close the hotel’s own on-site restaurant, which gets rave reviews.Official Website
Beach Hotel Ines
Another great, affordable option for vacationers who want to be near the sun and surf of Zicatela, Hotel Ines is located directly on the beach, literally steps away from the biggest and best waves. The hotel offers a wide range of accommodations that sleep from one to six people, including cabins, bungalows, double rooms, apartments and Jacuzzi equipped suites, some of which feature ocean views. Amenities include a pool, restaurant/bar, rooftop patio, and free wifi. All rooms have private bathrooms, but some don’t offer AC. Beach Hotel Ines is a favorite with surfers and an excellent choice for vacationers on a budget.Official Website
Our top Budget Pick, Hotel Buena Vista is literally in the center of the action, just steps away from Zicatela Beach and nearly shops, restaurants, and bars. Rooms are simple, affordable, and family-friendly; the choices include Twin, Double, Sea View Double and Deluxe Double. All rooms have balconies and private bathrooms, and the Sea View and Deluxe Double have AC. There are no TVs, but free wifi is available throughout the resort. Other amenities include daily maid service, semi-private patio/terraces, a private tennis court, and a landscaped pool complex with two jacuzzis, a children’s area, and a swim-up bar. Getting to the hotel from the street involves a fairly steep staircase, but the views, the accommodations, and the excellent, friendly service make it worth the climb.Official WebsiteBook Now
Sunset Point Resort, located in the peaceful La Punta area at the southernmost tip of Puerto Escondido, offers a unique vacation experience at a bargain price. The accommodations at this family-friendly resort can sleep from 2 to 5 people, and include a variety of apartments, bungalows, and an ocean view penthouse. All lodgings have private bathrooms, kitchenettes, and free wifi. AC is included in some of the apartments and is available in the others for a $5/day surcharge. Other amenities include secure parking, pool, and a landscaped communal area with fully equipped kitchen. If you’re interested in glorious views and superb surfing but love a quiet village atmosphere, Sunset Point Resort could be the perfect choice.Official WebsiteBook Now