Introducing Puerto Escondido
Loved by surf bums, water-sports junkies and perma-tan international travelers, this ‘Hidden Port’ is one of the most enjoyable spots on Mexico’s Pacific coast. By day, you can surf, snorkel, dive, swim, go sportfishing or look for turtles, dolphins and whales. By night, a busy cafe, restaurant and bar scene brings live music and a freewheeling, unpretentious nightlife. Development has happened gradually over several decades and remained on a human scale, and part of Puerto's charm is that it remains a fishing port and market town as well as a tourist destination.
The heart of town rises above the small Bahía Principal. The Carretera Costera (Hwy 200) runs across the hill above the bay, dividing the upper town – where buses arrive and most locals live and work – from the lower, more touristic part. The lower town's main strip is traffic-free Av Pérez Gasga, known as El Adoquín (adoquín is Spanish for paving stone). The hub of the surf and traveler scene is Playa Zicatela, stretching 3km southeast from the east end of Bahía Principal. Rinconada, a quiet residential area above Playa Carrizalillo, west of the center, has further places to stay, restaurants and services.