One of the world's top surfing beaches, Zicatela has cream-colored sands that are battered by the mighty Mexican Pipeline. In November, international surfing championships are held here (as well as popular bikini contests). The beach is just about always filled with buff, sun-bleached aficionados of both sexes intent on serious surfing. Palapa restaurants on the sand serve refreshments, but Calle del Morro, Zicatela's main street, is also lined with hotels, bars, nightclubs, and slightly more upscale restaurants. The mostly flat beach stretches from the rocks at Playa Marinero all the way to La Punta in the southeast so is good for walking. Even when the waters appear calm, the undertows and rip currents can be deadly. If you have any doubts about your prowess, settle for watching the surfers. Amenities: lifeguards; food and drink; parking (no fee); water sports. Best for: partiers; walking; sunset; surfing.
Calle del Morro s/n, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, 71980, Mexico