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Our second week in Mexico was spent lounging on the Pacific Coast.

After a long, windy drive from Oaxaca we arrived in a much hotter and very humid Puerto Escondido where we stayed three nights.

Sunset in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

We stayed in a Hotel/Hostel that friends had recommended called Hotel Mayflower which was good value. We had our own room and bathroom with much-needed ceiling fan and a TV.

The area that the hotel was in was mainly popular with Mexican families and the beach looked dirty and had a fishy smell due to the number of fishing boats operating from there.

Sunset in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

An American couple we met on the beach said not to go around the rocks towards Playa Zicatela at night because they got held up at knifepoint. Hearing this made me uneasy and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay in Puerto long.

The next day we walked around to Playa Zicatela which is a lot more backpacker-friendly with lots of cafes and bars, a long stretch of (cleaner) sand, and massive waves.

Beach in Puerto Escondido, MexicoBeach in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

There was a surfing comp on when we were there and lots of extremely tanned gringos wandering around. Trav hired a body board for the day and bravely took on the waves, I paddled in the shallows and read on my sunlounger sipping banana smoothies – it’s a hard life.

I wanted to move to a cabana on Zicatela but we decided to stick it out at Mayflower as we liked the hotel and it was only two more nights.

Surfing in Puerto Escondido, MexicoMermaid statue in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

On our second day, we walked the path around the rocks west of our hotel and found a gem – Playa Manzanillo. It is a beautiful palm-fringed cove with tranquil emerald green water, so clean and clear, with powdery golden sand, and fewer people than the other beaches. We spent hours there swimming and relaxing on sun loungers.

Playa Manzanillo in Puerto Escondido, MexicoPlaya Manzanillo in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

The next day feeling refreshed and ready to see more of the coast we got a collectivo (small van or ute that picks people up along the side of the road) to San Agustinillo, aka PARADISE!

Our hotel deck in San Agustinillo, MexicoBeachside restaurants views in San Agustinillo, Mexico

I liked Puerto Escondido but San Agustinillo is something else, a quiet little beach community with a handful of cafes and restaurants along the one road that made up the town.

It felt a lot safer than Puerto and had a beautiful uncrowded beach of golden sand and calm water. On arrival, we saw manta rays playing in the shallows in front of the hotel.

View from our deck in San Agustinillo, Mexico

I had my birthday while we were here and had such a peaceful day swimming and relaxing.

We visited the turtle sanctuary at Mazunte and saw some cute little babies that clamber over each other to get to you (or maybe trying to escape) and giant ones swimming around in tanks.

Baby turtles in Mazunte, MexicoSan Agustinillo Beach, Mexico

Mazunte has a nice beach but we didn’t like how spread out the town was and it didn’t have the nice community vibe that San Agustinillo did.

We could have stayed in San Agustinillo for weeks but the Jazz Festival in Mazunte that was to begin three days after we arrived bumped up the prices and our lovely hotel was going to be booked out so we decided to stay in nearby Zipolite for a night then move on to Chiapas.

Mazunte Beach, MexicoPuerto Angel on the Pacific Coast of MexicoSunset over Zipolite beach on the Pacific Coast of MexicoSunset over Zipolite beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico

We were unimpressed by Zipolite, you couldn’t really swim at the beach because of dangerous riptides, it is known for thefts on the beach at night and the hippy village we stayed in wasn’t secure and we discovered a man that stunk of alcohol in our dorm looking around our stuff.

View over Zipolite beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico

The (only) highlights of Zipolite were watching the spectacular sunrise from our dorm window and the half-day boat trip we did where we saw turtles swimming out at sea, followed a pod of dolphins (including a rarely seen baby!) and snorkeled with tropical fish.

Puerto Angel beach on the Pacific Coast of MexicoPuerto Angel beach on the Pacific Coast of MexicoSunset over Zipolite beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico

All in all the good outweighed the bad by a lot and we had an excellent week in the under-explored and delightfully under-touristed (is that a word?) southern Pacific Coast.

Sunset over Zipolite beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico

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