Puerto Escondido Vs San Juan Del Sur (Nicaragua)
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 15, 2013 6:50 AM Last Post By: king_rat
Feb 13, 2013 12:19 PM
Puerto Escondido Vs San Juan Del Sur (Nicaragua)Hi,
I have 2 weeks vacation from March 16th to April 2nd and I'm going away with my friend on a surf trip. For the moment, we hesitate between Puerto Escondido and San Juan del Sur. The airplane ticket is 200$ cheaper toward Huatulco so we are considering going there even if our plan at first was the Nicaragua.
I've looked over the forum for information about Puerto Escondido but I didn't really find information about what I was looking for. We are two guys in mid 20s and the main purpose of our trip is to surf. I know that there's the kind of Mexican Pipeline in Puerto but since we are not expert (surfed 40-50 times so more as an advance beginer-average surfer) we are more looking for smaller breaks.
Also, well even if we are looking for surf we still want to have some fun at night so we are looking for some place to hang out at night. We are not really into club and everything but just a place to go grab a beer and have fun with other people (we were in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa last year and it was just what we were looking for)
And lastly, we are travelling for 2 weeks so we were thinking to be the first week in Puerto Escondido and move to another place after so if you have any other good surf spot not to far Puerto Escondido it would be nice to know.
Thanks for all your advice/comments/tips!
Feb 13, 2013 12:26 PM
1I would say yes go to PE, there are other breaks there than the super expert. There is a night life that is a mix of Cali and MX, very good restaurants, a whole strip of fun stuff - I do not like Cali culture but I am happy in PE. I was a surfer as a kid and I can go out and have OK breaks as an oldster.
Feb 13, 2013 1:05 PM
2I agree with zapfilms. Something for everyone in PE. Playa Marinero has milder breaks than Zipolite and Playa Carrizalillo even milder. Night life is laid back, small musical groups in palapas on the beach. La Punta at far end of Zipolite has a Bahamas ambience, at least or me. PE is a tourist destination but no All Inclusives. A fishing village still.
Feb 13, 2013 1:05 PM
Feb 13, 2013 1:37 PM
4Do you realize that you are going just before Semana Santa...HURRY UP and get your reservations if you go to Mexico
Feb 13, 2013 3:52 PM
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The best waves in Oaxaca are in Puerto Escondido (even there is a surf tournament in November), bigger waves that those you couldn't find it instead of Puerto
The other place for surfing in México is called Maruata but is far away from Puerto Escondido (in Michoacan State).
If you wan to know more places near Puerto you can travel to Zipolite (nudist beach but with dangerous underwater currents but with cheap food from all over the world beacause of the owners), mazunte with turtle conservation projects (even a Turtle zoo) or Lagunas de Chacahua (chacahua lagoons) with crocodriles reservations and wild life every where.
Nigth life definitely in Puerto Escondido
Greetings and welcome to Mexico
Feb 14, 2013 4:49 AM
6Ooops...I neglected to note the dates. The beaches will be jammed, really jammed from Mar. 23 on. I think schools have two weeks' vacation and families all over Mexico head to the shore(s). If you get there on the 16th, that will give you time to look around/network to find a place to stay before the EAster onslaught.
Feb 14, 2013 7:08 AM
Thanks for all your quick response!
And yes I know that its gonna be the semana santa but it was the only date I could have.... Actually, will it be really crazy out there? That's pretty much why I wanted to move out of PE after the first week to go somewhere smaller where I guess there will be a little bit less people.
Feb 14, 2013 9:12 AM
Feb 14, 2013 10:12 AM
9I've been to both PE and San Juan del Sur. I'm not a surfer but I thought I'd give my impressions of the two places.
I was in San Juan del Sur a few days before semana santa and the cheaper places to stay were already fully booked. Places that had vacancies dramatically increased rates starting on Thursday. It's a small place that gets somewhat busier when a cruise ship docks (the ship looks huge against the mostly two-story town). A restaurant was setting up a stage on the beach and fenced off areas with puffy white couches on the sand. One end of the beach has vacation homes for well-off Nicas (walk by and you'll see nannies with children on the beach) and a couple of times a helicopter flew in (locals said it belonged to a family that owns car dealarships in Managua). I didn't notice much of a surf culture, just a lot of well-off young people in nice cars wearing white linen pants...
PE feels way bigger with more varied accommodation, restaurants entertainment (different coves/beaches, the town, the pedestrian walk) and a lot of surfers around.
I'd skip San Juan del Sur, especially at semana santa.
Feb 15, 2013 6:50 AM
10Thanks for your comment!
And yes, if I'm going to Nica instead of Mexico my plan was to be in SJDS for about 5 days and to head north after that to avoid all the people of semana santa.
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