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Introducing Mazunte

A kilometer west of San Agustinillo, Mazunte has a fine, curving, sandy beach, an interesting turtle center, and a variety of basic and fancier places to stay and eat. The village is well known as a travelers’ hangout and has a number of foreign residents, attracted either by the area’s beauty or, as one put it, the ‘old-time hippie vibe.’ The economic mainstays here used to be turtle meat and eggs: after the turtle industry was banned in 1990, attempts were made to turn Mazunte into a kind of model ecotourism village. Many enterprises still maintain an emphasis on sustainability.

The paved road running west from Zipolite and San Agustinillo to Hwy 200 passes through the middle of Mazunte as Paseo del Mazunte. Four lanes run about 500m from the road to the beach: from east to west they are Andador Golfina, Andador Carey, Andador La Barrita and Andador Rinconcito – this last leading down to the western end of Mazunte beach, which is called El Rinconcito.