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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 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 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 Thai in Puerto Escondido

Lychee

La Punta resembles in some ways a sybaritic Thai beach and Lychee doesn't have to try hard to meld in with superb Thai dishes – tom yum soup, red or green curries, chicken satay – and other Southeast Asian standards…
Top Choice Bar in Puerto Escondido

Playa Kabbalah

A hip and romantic (depending on who you're with) beach bar/restaurant good for nocturnal drinks with a Zicatela crowd either propping up the bar or relaxing post-surf on canopied loungers on the sand. It's known fo…
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, …
Mexican in Puerto Escondido

El Cafecito

Cafecito has cornered the market in crossover gringo-Mexican fusion food with large surfer appetites in mind. Herein are some of the best breakfasts on the coast: endless egg concoctions, huge fruit dishes, pasta an…
Mexican in Puerto Escondido

Pascale

An unlikely factory of gourmet food amid the grubbier fishing shacks of Playa Principal, Pascale prepares original and creative seafood, meat, homemade pasta dishes (with a choice of sauces) and French desserts with…
International in Puerto Escondido

Dan’s Café Deluxe

Dan was one of the founders of local legend El Cafecito and this spot next to his eponymous hotel is great for hearty, surfer-pleasing breakfasts, juices and licuados (smoothies), and healthy lunch options like sala…
Mexican in Puerto Escondido

El Nene

El Nene serves up enormous tacos (three for M$50 to M$100) and Mexican- and international-style fish, shrimp and chicken mains. Fish of the day in white wine or Cajun-style is a good choice, and you could start with…