After 23 hours in transit including 4 flights, a skytrain and a taxi, I am finally in the surf mecca Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Nothing looks better than endless beaches when you know you’re on your last flight!
I was greeted at the airport with lots of sunshine, hot weather and a nice afternoon breeze. It is going to be about 30° all week during the day and around 25° at night. The forecast here shows some rain but even if you get a few drops, at this time of year it never lasts long.
After picking up my bags I linked up with a few random surfers who were interested in splitting on a taxi. I decided to share a ride with a guy from LA and a couple from Australia and our driver quickly loaded up our 3 board bags as if he had done it a million times. The area we were travelling to is located 15 minutes away from the airport and the taxi was 140 pesos/$10 for the group of us.
Puerto Escondido is in the Oaxaca region on the Southern Pacific coast it is traditionally a fishing village. It now attracts surfers from all over the World wanting to surf at the famous Playa Zicatela or what is also known as the “Mexican Pipeline”
I’m staying a little bit outside of the main area of Zicatela in the La Punta area which is named after the rock point at the beach and the local wave. La Punta town has a main stretch that takes about 3 minutes to walk and is a sand road that is lined with small hotels, hostels, and a few restaurants. Most of the rentals have thatched palm rooftops and cool balconies. All these start at 150 Pesos/$12 and give deals by the week and onward.
A friend suggested that I stay at Sunset Point www.puertosunset.com
which is an amazing hotel that overlooks the bay and is only a short walk down to the beach. It has a great ocean view and a nice breeze at night coming in off of the water. You always hear the waves crashing as the beach is less than a 10 minute walk.
My room is 250 pesos/20$ night and faces the coast so I get a great breeze. All rooms have hot water, a kitchenette and a fair sized balcony with a hammock. They also provide free bottled water which is definite plus. The grounds are well planted with lots of exotic plants and there is a really nice pool here. All of the other guests here have been really cool so far and everyone found out about this place from someone else as it’s in a unique location.
My first meal in Mexico was a plate of enchiladas stuffed with stewed chicken. I had 2 with red salsa and 2 with green and I’m still undecided about which flavour I like the most. Down here it’s easy to find places that make fresh tortillas for each meal which adds so much flavour. A couple nachos with some refried black beans on the side were equally delicious! This meal was 50 pesos/$4 and so far in Mexico all of the food has been amazing!
Gone on a whim…