Bahía Principal

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido's central bay is long enough to accommodate restaurants at its west end, a fleet of fishing boats in its center (Playa Principal), and sun worshippers and young bodyboarders at its east end (Playa Marinero), where the waters are a little cleaner. Pelicans wing in centimeters above the waves, boats bob on the swell and a few hawkers prowl up and down with a low-key sales pitch.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Puerto Escondido attractions

1. Playa Zicatela

0.54 MILES

Legendary 3.5km-long Zicatela is the best-known surfing spot in Mexico courtesy of the tempestuous surfing waves of the Mexican Pipeline. The heart of the…

2. Bahía Puerto Angelito

0.83 MILES

The sheltered bay of Puerto Angelito has two smallish beaches with shallow, usually calm waters: the western Playa Angelito and the eastern Playa…

3. Playa Carrizalillo

1.14 MILES

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…

4. Laguna de Manialtepec

9.74 MILES

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…

5. Casa Wabi

14.86 MILES

Casa Wabi, a sprawling artists' residency that occupies a wonderfully airy building designed by famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando, runs tours three…