7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Join me on a tour of this rambunctious jalapeno of a surf town!


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.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

We spent 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:

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7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Learn how to surf in Puerto Escondido

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Shops in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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 taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 114 Comments

  1. Avatar of Carolyn Watkins

    Carolyn Watkins

    Is there anything better than sitting on the beach and watching the sunset?? There are a couple of beaches to enjoy watching the sun go down. Playa Zicatela and Playa Carrizalillo. Ahhhhh ☀️

  2. Avatar of Lynette Dixon

    Lynette Dixon

    Many places claim to be the world’s best surfing beach but Puerto Escondido’s Palaya Zicatela would make it to the top ten. Even if you don’t surf,when you see the beach you will want to try it!

    • Avatar of Margarita Mineeva

      That’s good you don’t have to limit yourself when you’re in PE! make the most of our stay!

  3. Avatar of Elsa Walton

    Elsa Walton

    This is in my top 10 list to go to this year that’s why I am really doing a lot of research about the place and glad you wrote something about this town. Awesome!

  4. Avatar of Courtney Warner

    Courtney Warner

    If you’re planning to go to a place you’ve never been before, it’s best to do some research first,about reviews, tourist spots to visit and a place to stay. so when you go there you won’t spend too much time looking.

  5. Avatar of EILEEN


    Relaxing days on the beach, long nights partying, shopping in the night makter and big waves! This town really has something for everyone.

    • Avatar of Patricia Butler

      Patricia Butler

      Aww I missed this place, the photos bring back memories! Hop to come back soon.

  6. Avatar of Deanna Harper

    Deanna Harper

    Escondido has all from kayaking, boating, bird-watching, and swimming in phosphorescent waters. You might wanna try as well.

  7. Avatar of Ramona Hampton

    Ramona Hampton

    I loved the beach, it’s sun, sunsets and waves. Perfect for surfing.

    • Avatar of Eloise Galloway

      I’ve heard about this town from a friend and seeing this photos and reviews makes me want o book a ticket now!

  8. Avatar of Kristina Beauty

    Best place to go to for a quick weekend getaway and surf all day!

  9. Avatar of DONNA


    I didn’t know this is also a good destination for surfing. Cool!

    • Avatar of Alison Tejedor

      P.E. is more than just having the prettiest beaches, you should not forget to go to the night market as well!

  10. Avatar of Leona Palmer

    Leona Palmer

    It’s the best summer destination. Thanks Urbanette for featuring my favorite town ?

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