Fodor's Expert Review Gecko Rock Resort

Santa Elena, Oaxaca, 70948, Mexico Fodor's Choice

Imagine staying at the stylish beach home of good friends, and you’ll get a sense of the vibe at this small adults-only hotel near the tidal pools of Agua Blanca, the only place to stay near the turtle sanctuary at La Escobilla Beach. Owned by a young couple—he’s American and she’s Kiwi—the property offers a collection of four cheerful casitas, each equipped with a king-size bed and rooftop palapa with ocean views. All meals are included (you preorder from a menu featuring American, Thai, and Mexican cuisine before you arrive) and are served alfresco overlooking the free-form swimming pool. Finish your meal with a chilled shot of coconut-infused mezcal from Los Cántaros mezcaleria. Wi-Fi is free. Time your visit for a turtle arribada or release at La Escobilla, one of the world's most important nesting beaches for olive ridley turtles.


  • Seclusion
  • Pristine beach
  • Attentive service


  • King-size beds may not suit all travelers
  • Need a car to get anywhere other than beach
  • $5 daily fee for a/c




Phones: 206-923–9233 | 958-583–5119


4 bungalows
Rate Includes: No credit cards, Closed July–Sept., Free Breakfast

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