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7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

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If you’re looking for a new destination that has a bit of everything, Puerto Escondido should be at the top of your travel bucket list. We just got back from a sun-filled week in this rambunctious Mexican surf town, largely intact. Read on for our seven favorite reasons to visit this jalapeno of a town:

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Shops in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

To Learn to Surf

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Learn how to surf in Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido is known for the giant wave “The Mexican Pipeline” also called “the destroyer of boards” and is one of top ten surf meccas in the world. There are several surf schools to choose from, with the locals choice being Oasis Surf School. They were the first surf school in Puerto Escondido, they teach surfing and spanish to foreigners, and are run by ex-pro surfers who really know what they’re doing.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Yup, that break happened here.

Unlike other destinations (like Hawaii, for example, which only has good surfing conditions for six months of the year), Puerto Escondido has great surfing conditions year-round. That means that you don’t have to tailor your time away from work to the surfing conditions. You can simply expect that when you arrive, the surf will be sick, the water will be warm, and the town will be active.

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

26 Comments

  1. That hotel room looks impressive. I love the photography! I also love that the culture there seems so cool. I’ll add it to my travel list.

  2. Melani Kalev

    Oh my, what a dream! I’d loved to take a yoga class there.

  3. Oooooooooooh. I feel like hopping on a jet and going there now!

  4. Christine Muchoe

    Mexico was never one of my top travel destinations (maybe because the only part of Mexico I’ve been to is TIjuana) but I think I just fell in love with Puerto Escondido from reading this article. Seriously adding it to my travel list!

  5. I love Mexican food and this looks right up my alley – totally my speed. I’ll be making it my next big trip 🙂

  6. YOU MUST COME AGAIN AND VISIT THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN…..RINCONADA…WONDERFUL RESTAURANTS….CARRIZALILLO BEACH, WHICH WAS NAMED ONE OF THE WORLD´S TOP BEACHES BY TRAVEL AND LEISURE MAGAZINE, AND ALL VERY LOW KEY FOR THE OLDER GROUP…..BILL, AKA MEMO

    • Sarah Evanston

      LOL What’s with the SHOUTING?? 😉

  7. I LIVE IN PUERTO THE TOTAl YEAR….RINCONADA AREA….IT TRULY IS PARIDISE….VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER MEXICAN BEACH TOWNS…..VISIT US….YOU WILL BE WELCOME…..BILL HOLMAN

  8. Hello Arabella! Come to rock on Hotel Rockaway! We expect you here! 🙂

  9. Penni

    I went to Puerto Escondido over 30 years ago and it certainly wasn’t like this. Only a few palm trees, one or two hammocks, lots of pelicans and a tiny guest house called El Rincon del Pacifico!

  10. We’ve been there before! I really enjoyed the dramatic sunset in Puerto Escondido. We explored countless scenic tropical beaches each unique in its own way. We also enjoyed surfing at Mexpipe which is the focal point of surfing in Mexico. I will surely go back there!

  11. Looks like Puerto Escondido is on my travel bucket list 😀

    You had me at jalapeno. And, of course, though I don’t surf, the beach is enough to get me somewhere. Also the food. I just love tasting local dishes.

  12. Sarah Evanston

    Spirulina looks great. I would go to Puerto Escondito just to go there! Maybe I’ll round up some friends and go in the summer, when the Aussies are there. Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

    • Francis Woods

      Sarah – I want to go but can’t find friends to go with. Maybe we could just get a random group of girls together to go, and make new friends? 🙂

      • Hannah Meyers

        Would love to join you guys! Haven’t been there and wouldn’t mind tagging along 😀

  13. Gabby Williams

    I’m super excited to check this place out. Just trying to decide on the hotel… Rockaway looks great, but I can’t seem to book that specific suite online, which makes me nervous. I like to know exactly what I’m getting! I’m also considering the rooms at Casa Corzo, but I can’t see photos of that online either…it does look really cool based on your article photos and their Facebook page… Which should I choose??

    • Hannah Mayers

      I tried to book Rockaway’s penthouse and had the same problem. I can’t see how to book the penthouse online, and when I called it sounded too complicated to book over the phone. I finally gave up and booked Hotel Santa Fe instead. It’s on the other side of the strip and looks very charming — not as modern and swanky as Rockaway looks in this article though, so still a bit disappointed, but just really wanted to go to Puerto Escondido to try out the stuff from this article, so happy either way! 😉

    • I had the same issue with trying to book the penthouse. LAME! I forwarded this article to my best friend and we’re going to go together later next month. Australian surfers? Count me in!

      • Sorry guys! I’ll tell the hotel and have them comment here. 😉

      • Farkem

        The Rockaway’s complete remodeling has just been completed, and I’m sure there are loose ends which haven’t been tied up yet, since it was a very extensive remodel. I’d try again in a few weeks/months for booking.

      • Hello Nicole! There was a technical problem going on since the webpage was being redesigned. You can Toll Free 855-210-5856 too. Or inbox us at Hotel Rockaway in Facebook! We are located just in front of Zicatela Beach. Have a nice weekend!

    • Hello Gabby! There was possibly a technical problem that you encountered with, it should be fixed by now. You can Toll Free 855-210-5856 too. We are situated in front of Zicatela Beach! We expect you here!

      http://www.hotelrockaway.com

  14. Courtney Watson

    Wow – that penthouse looks swanky! Great photography. Makes me want to visit ASAP (like, tomorrow… sigh)

  15. This looks like my vibe. I surf and have been around the world on surfing trips, but never to Puerto Escondido. I’m going to book this ASAP (and that dope suite at Rockstar — I mean, Rockaway Hotel!!)

  16. Wow – you make Puerto Escondido look like so much fun! Your photos are gorgeous. I’ll have to visit — Hotel Rockaway looks perfect for a (slightly younger, unencumbered) friend of mine. I’ll forward it along.

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