Oaxaca Coast attractions

Top Choice Beach in Bahías de Huatulco

Bahía San Agustín

This long, sandy beach, 14km west of Santa Cruz Huatulco, is backed by a fishing village, and in contrast to Huatulco's other settlements, there's absolutely no resort-type development – just a line of rustic comedo…
Top Choice Beach in Puerto Escondido

Playa Zicatela

Legendary 3km-long Zicatela is the best-known surfing spot in Mexico courtesy of the tempestuous surfing waves of the Mexican Pipeline. The heart of the action, including the Pipeline, is at Zicatela’s northern end.…
Top Choice Beach in Zipolite

Playa Zipolite

Zipolite's beach is huge, running for a good 1.5km and dispatching massive waves. It's famous for its nudity; you'll see people randomly swimming, sunbathing or happily walking across the wet sand minus their clothe…
Top Choice Beach in Puerto Escondido

Playa Carrizalillo

Small is beautiful at Carrizalillo, set in a sheltered cove west of the center that's reached by a stairway of 157 steps. It’s popular for swimming and bodyboarding, and is the place for beginner surfers. Book a les…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Mazunte

Punta Cometa

This rocky cape, jutting out from the west end of Mazunte beach, is the southernmost point in the state of Oaxaca and a fabulous place to hike at sunset amid crashing waves and dreamy Pacific vistas.
Lagoon in Puerto Escondido

Laguna Manialtepec

The 6km-long Manialtepec Lagoon, beginning 14km west of Puerto Escondido along Hwy 200, is an essential spot for bird enthusiasts and a fascinating place for anyone interested in nature. Ibises, roseate spoonbills, …
Farm in Bahías de Huatulco

Hagia Sofia

One of Huatulco’s loveliest and most interesting day trips, this ‘agro-ecotourism’ operation includes a large organic fruit orchard and a gorgeous 500m riverside trail with 60 kinds of tropical flowering plants that…
Beach in Bahías de Huatulco

Bahía Conejos

The oddly named 'rabbit bay,' 3km east of Tangolunda, has a long main beach divided by a small rocky outcrop into the western Playa Arenas and the eastern Playa Punta Arenas, both reachable by short walks from the p…
Beach in Puerto Ángel

Playa La Boquilla

The coast east of Puerto Ángel is dotted with small hidden beaches, none of them very busy. Playa La Boquilla, on a gentle bay about 7.5km from town by road, is the site of the Bahía de la Luna hotel and restaurant,…
Beach in Bahías de Huatulco

Bahía Cacaluta

Cacaluta is a 1km-long slice of paradise that's protected by an island, backed by dunes and usually deliciously deserted. The Mexican road-trip movie Y Tú Mamá También was famously filmed there. Swimming is possible…