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Oaxaca Travel Guide

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido was the first beach resort on the carretera costera (coastal highway), and it remains the most popular. Playa Zicatela is famous for its waves, drawing surfers from around the world. A few ritzier cliff-top hotels have brought in more of the older set, but the steady presence of the surfing community means that even as the town continues to gentrify, it maintains

a relaxed, hippie-ish vibe.

Beyond Zicatela's beachfront bars and dreadlocked denizens there are marvelous swimming beaches to the west that are popular with Mexican families. Several nearby nature preserves and a few coffee farms provide the best day-tripping opportunities, as there isn't much else in these parts besides beaches, beaches, and more beaches.

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