Where are the best Beaches in Oaxaca, Mexico?


Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca is one of the 31 states that make up the United States of Mexico. It is located in the south western region of Mexico and significantly long border with the Pacific Ocean. The state is well known for its myriad of cultures and indigenous peoples. It ranks in the top 3 most biologically diverse states in Mexico. The beaches in Oaxaca State are beautiful and pristine and many people travel here for just this reason. Oaxaca's coast was once the bane of the sea turtle's existence however in recent years the coast has become a savior for several species of turtles because of various conservation projects. I will tell you about the best beaches in Oaxaca for swimming, relaxing and enjoying nature.

1) Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido is known for its great surfing and is the surfing capital of Central America. It was originally a small fishing village but has started to grow significantly over the past decade. It still only has a population of about 30,000 people; however it has still managed to retain the small town feel. The main beach is Playa Principal which has remained unchanged as the town grew. It's sandy beaches are lined with palm trees, beach side restaurants and bars, small hotels, and fishing boats. Since it is on the pacific coast and receives a lot of big waves it is great for surfing but can be a bit dangerous for casual swimming in areas without artificial wave breakers. It has several beautiful towns not too far away such as Playa Carrizalillo which have secluded less touristy coves so they may be better for casual swimming. The best place for surfing is at a beach called Playa Zicatela which stretches on for miles and miles and so it is very popular for tourists and you can find hotels, bars, and nightlife everywhere.

2) Huatulco

Las Bahias de Huatulco (The Huatulco Bays) is one of the newest resort complexes in Mexico. Because of how planned and organized it was before they started building, many measure have been put into place to preserve the natural beauty. There are a total of nine bays here and in the surrounding areas. The area was originally deserted so the government built a city to house workers and also, an international airport. Apart from the government's investments, there is a lot of private investment and development occurring as well, and because of this there are a myriad of restaurants, hotels, luxury neighborhoods, and even golf courses and tennis courts. You can go swimming, take glass bottom boat tours, and go snorkeling, diving, and even horseback riding and hiking. There is always something for everyone to do. The nightlife scene is more or less restricted to the bars and discos owned by the major hotels in the area, however, the neighboring towns and cities will have a lot more to offer. If you are looking for a great place to relax on the beach and enjoy the jungle and all other sorts of adventures, Huatulco is the place for you.

3) Mazunte

The last place we will learn about is Mazunte. When you think of a small beach front fishing village with no big business (big resorts and overly touristic) then Mazunte is exactly what was in your mind. It is a sleepy fishing village which consists of two main beaches; Mazunte and Agustinillo. There is a beautiful mile and a half stretch of beach which is perfect for lying down and sunbathing, playing in the sand or swimming in the ocean and snorkeling. At times, however due to the weather, you may have big waves which make it slightly less safe for swimming. There are only a few small restaurants on the beach and not an overwhelming amount of hotels, so you really get that secluded vacation feeling. If relaxation is what you are after, then Mazunte is most definitely the place you want to be.

To know more about Oaxaca go to Official Tourism Website of Mexico

Written by : Martin and Jennifer H., Mexico

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