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Introducing Zipolite

The beautiful 1.5km stretch of pale sand called Zipolite, beginning about 2.5km west of Puerto Ángel, moves at a slow pace, withering in the midday heat. It’s the perfect option for budget beach bums in southern Mexico, attracting an international class of sun lovers, shirtless yoga gurus and surfers to its wonderfully elemental surroundings of crashing surf, pounding sun and rocky headlands. Inexpensive places to stay and eat line the beach, many still reassuringly ramshackle and wooden and with tall thatched roofs that help to create the unique Zipolite landscape. There’s a certain magic here, and you may postpone departure more than once.

Zipolite has a certain overstated fame as a nudist beach; in fact, total nudity is common only at the western end of the beach and in the small cove called Playa del Amor at the east end, and even there it meets the raised eyebrows of locals.

The eastern end of Zipolite (nearest Puerto Ángel) is called Colonia Playa del Amor, the middle part is Centro, and the area toward the western end (divided from Centro by a narrow lagoon and creek) is Colonia Roca Blanca. The only street with a commonly used name is Av Roca Blanca (also called El Adoquín), a block back from the beach in Colonia Roca Blanca.