Mazunte & Puerto Escondido, Mexico
The Beaches of Mazunte & Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Driving in Mexico is not easy. My friends and I rented a car in central Mexican city of Oaxaca and decided to drive to a small, off-the-beaten-path beach town on the Pacific Coast called Mazunte. A quick search on Google Maps displayed a meandering road that read no more than 4 hours by car. No hay problema. What Google failed to mention is the steep 1500M ascent into a cloud rainforest where navigating around road washouts takes you within inches of a free fall death. It's a spectacular drive, but also a scary one. It took us a full day to drive from Oaxaca to Mazunte. It's no easy drive through the mountains that isolate these coastal areas from the interior, but it's perhaps what keeps the Pacific beaches of state of Oaxaca a hidden paradise.
The Mountains Before The Coast
Sunrise in Mazunte
The view from our cabana on the steep hillsides surrounding the beach gets you out of bed quickly. There's no need for an alarm clock in Mazunte. A beach paradise awaits.
A Beach to Yourself
The water is so clear in Mazunte that you can see an entire human figure through the water as they're lifted up with the rolling waves from the Pacific Ocean. Time seems to stand still on these secluded beaches. Your mind never drifts past the tiki bar at the end of the beach. You forget the world and all of its problems.
Paths lead from one secluded beach to the next. One could explore this area for a year and still find a new areas. Each beach takes on its own personality. A softer break, shallower water, cliffs, different fauna, but one thing remains consistent; you almost always have the beach to yourself.
Up the road a ways is a port city called Puerto Escondido. Historically a fishing village, the beaches surrounding Puerto Escondido have been made famous by surfers catching the popular 'Mexican Pipeline'. The breaks around Puerto Escondido are considered to be perfect. The allure of its linear beauty is something that even drew me, an amateur surfer, into water to try and catch that wave into infinity.
The Flavor of Puerto Escondido
If you're looking for solitude and nature, you better stick with Mazunte. Puerto Escondido is a beach town, full of party goers and thrill seekers. While it still has maintained its fishing roots and charm, the 3 miles of beaches shake with every crashing Pacific wave. Puerto Escondido and Mazunte together, however, compliment each other perfectly.
It's not easy to get to these places, but I think that's exactly what makes the area around Puerto Escondido and Mazunte a hidden gem. I recommend it to anyone looking to get off-the-beaten path, relax, and to catch that perfect break.