Oaxaca State, Pacific coast, western Mexico
Distance from Mexico City: 500 miles south
Closest major airport: Puerto Escondido International (PXM)
Time zone: Central Standard Time
Climate: Wet/Dry Seasons with wet season from May 15 through November
Puerto Escondido is a traditional Mexican fishing village located
180 miles south of the city of Oaxaca and 70 miles west of Huatulco
Bay in an area known as the Emerald Coast for its magnificent jade-green
waters. The city, which inherited its name from the local rocks known
as Punta Escondida, attracts tourists from all over the world for
its remarkable surfing, natural scenic beauty, extraordinary bays
and pleasant tropical climate.
Although Puerto Escondido was officially founded in 1928, it had long
since been a shipping point for coffee plantations. During the 1960's,
when the coast road was built, tourism began to develop and continued
to increase with the opening of a small airport in the 1980s.
The diverse beaches in Puerto Escondido are the major attractions,
varying in types of sand, waves and rocky slopes. Playa Principal,
for example, is one of the calm beaches in the city, offering kiosks
and changing rooms; while Marineros is ideal for novice surfers and
Zicatela, known for its rough waves, is a surfer's paradise with 13-foot
high waves. Other popular beaches include Barra de Colotepec, a turtle
zone; Bacocho, an open beach with gentle waves ideal for diving; Playa
Embarcadero, suitable for skiing and sailing; and Carrizalillo, a
bay area perfect for swimming and boat trips. Puerto Angelito, a small
bay next to Puerto Escondido, is another great place to visit. Its
natural pool, with transparent waters, is ideal for recreational swimming.
Puerto Escondido has two seasons, the summer/wet season, and the winter/dry season. With temperatures ranging from 75-95 in the summer and 65-85 in the winter, Puerto enjoys the perfect tropical climate. Sunrise enjoyers will want to bring a sweatshirt for the breezy dawns; otherwise, a wardrobe of swim suits, shorts, and t-shirts will suffice. Most important: bring sun screen and mosquito repellant for all tropical climates.
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