Beaches for all travellers
Hippy Playa Zicatela ranks among the world’s best surf spots, where boarders come to cruise 20ft waves and take part in the World Surfing League’s Puerto Escondido Challenge. Strong currents mean swimming is a no, but the buzzy nightlife gets a big thumbs up. Less confident on the boards? Learn from the pros at Zicazteca Surf School or Oasis (which throws Spanish-language classes into the mix), or head to La Punta for more mellow waters. Of course, Puerto’s shores aren’t just for surfers. On Playa Bacocho, visit the Vive Mar conservation project as it releases baby turtles into the ocean at sunset. The smaller coves of Puerto Angelito and Manzanillo are great for snorkelling, and sheltered Playa Carrizalillo is prime territory for sundowners. We recommend tracing the mile-long Andador Escénico, a cliff-hugging walkway that links Playa Principal with mirador Sueño Posible (‘Possible Dream’). From here, you’re a pebble’s toss from the Adoquín’s pedestrian-only night market and many mezcalerias.