one of the beaches in puerto escondidoPlaya Principal is one of several inviting beaches in Puerto Escondido.

Beaches in Puerto Escondido: swim, surf, sunbathe

Beaches Puerto Escondido. The three words are what this popular beach destination are all about. Come to surf, swim, sunbathe or just laze about. The white sand beaches in Puerto Escondido are great for all three pastimes, at any time of the year.

Puerto’s most famous beach is Zicatela, known as the Mexican Pipeline, one of the world’s top 10 surfing destinations and the scene of international tournaments.

The other beaches of Puerto Escondido are better for swimming: Zicatela’s surf break can be dangerous for the uninitiated. Between Zicatela and the lighthouse are Playa Marinero and Playa Principal, also home to the town’s fishing fleet.

Heading west you’ll find Playa Manzanillo, which is accessible from Calle 5a Sur, and Playa Angelito, across the bay from Manzanillo and accessed by Camino a Puerto Angelito.

It’s a bit of a hike down to Playa Carrizalillo (and a much longer one back up the steps) but the effort is worth it. This lovely beach is also a popular spot for novice surfers.

Playa Bacocho is another very long sandy beach below the Bacocho residential development. Both Bacocho and Zicatela are also great for walking. One popular walk is from Playa Principal to La Punta, a distance of a few miles. And if you find you need a rest along the way, there are many beachfront restaurants and palapas waiting to serve you.

Indeed, most beaches have plenty of palapa restaurants-bars where you can sip on your favorite drink in the comfort of a deckchair.

There is a scenic walkway between Playa Principal and the scenic lookout at the end of 3a Poniente. It will take you along the rocks below the lighthouse and the condominium developments of Eglantina and Leblon.

Many beaches are now lit at night but others are not. Visitors should avoid unlit beaches at night. And when you’re walking in the shallow waters at the edge of the beach, beware of sting rays! Shuffle your feet and warn them you’re coming.

Media credit: Tony Richards