Getting around in Puerto Escondido!
Puerto Escondido means a “hidden port,” and it is a perfect name. It is a charming town with a bohemian personality and a natural, old-world touch. It has big waves and extraordinary surfing conditions. Flying is the best way to get to Puerto Escondido. You can get a flight for 500MXN from Oaxaca with Viva Aerobus, but you are limited only to some days. Aerovega and Aeromar have daily flights, but these are more expensive. If you are an intrepid person, you may also try turboprop planes, but it can be quite an adventure in the rainy season. You can also fly to Huatulco with Interjet and order ground transportation to Puerto Escondido for about 160MXN.
Puerto Escondido can also be reached by bus, but it can be a long and tiring journey unless you are very keen on sights along the way. You get a luxurious bus with TuriStar and Estrella Blanca from Mexico City and Acapulco but remember that the road to Puerto Escondido is not a very good one. For the same reason, if you decide to rent a car, we recommend you travel by day. You can also travel by van (suburban in Spanish) directly from Oaxaca; several companies offer this service. The drive is about 11 hours from Mexico City, and from Oaxaca, it will take you about seven.
While in Puerto Escondido, you may get around by taxi (20-40MXN) or by local bus that costs 3MXN. Renting a car is also a good option and will give you more freedom to visit many great nearby places. Even if you don’t surf, you must see the spectacular waves on Playa Zicatela while having a beer or a tropical cocktail. There are also plenty of great swimming beaches in the area, such as Playa Carrizalillo, and afterward, you may have a typical local meal at one of the delicious restaurants.
There are many things to do in Puerto Escondido. You can take surfing lessons, try a Temascal (an indigenous type of steam-bath) or get on a boat trip to see dolphins and turtles in their natural environment. Another popular activity is sport fishing and skydiving for the brave ones. You can take a kayak or a boat from the Manialtepec lagoon and get to the ecological reserve La Ventanilla. You cannot miss el Adoquin, a hip pedestrian boardwalk with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Nightlife in Puerto Escondido is like the one in Acapulco, and the party goes on all night. If you plan some shopping, you have to get the world-famous Oaxaca black pottery!