Getting There & Away

Piratas (pickup trucks) run reasonably frequently from Catemaco to Montepío (M$40) via Sontecomapan (M$15). For La Barra, if you don't have your own wheels, it's best to take a boat from Sontecomapan. Piratas beyond Montepío are infrequent, so to drive the whole Costa de Oro it's best to have your own car.

The road is mostly paved, but somewhat potholed, and with one really slow stretch of giant cobblestones near the turnoff for Playa Escondida and Balzapote.