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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 Mexican in Puerto Escondido

Almoraduz

Almoraduz' husband-and-wife culinary alliance creates memorable flavor combinations in one of the Oaxaca's coast's few true gourmet restaurants. It's not at all pretentious. The open dining space in the rising Rinco…
Top Choice Mexican in Zipolite

La Providencia

Zipolite’s outstanding dining option, on a lane behind the western end of the beach, combines exquisite flavors, artful presentation and relaxed ambience. You can sip a cocktail in the open-air lounge while you peru…
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.
Top Choice Italian in Mazunte

Alessandro

On Oaxaca’s coast you’re never far from an expat Italian chef who’s generously imported his/her culinary know-how and opened a restaurant. Few are as good as Alessandro. His tiny but brilliant place has just six tab…
Top Choice Parrilla in Pochutla

Finca de Vaqueros

This ranch-style eatery with long tables in a large, open-sided barn is worth an expedition from anywhere on the coast for its superb grilled meats. It's 2km south of Pochutla on the Puerto Ángel road (M$60 by taxi)…
Top Choice Mexican in San Agustinillo

Restaurante La Mora

Tucked onto a sheltered slice of beach, there's something of the old posada about La Mora. You can park yourself in the tavern-like interior or feel the salt spray on the narrow terrace. The food – good Italian and …