Coastal Oaxaca beach towns draw an entirely different crowd than you’ll find in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. Puerto Escondido anchors this region, and you’ll pay far less here than in the more popular Mexico beach destinations.
The city has a number of small boutique hotels that make a stay here perfect for low-key couples looking to unplug. Tuck into cold drinks and fresh Mexican fare along the Zicatela after a day in the sun, or shop at Mercado Benito Juarez for local souvenirs.
The Zicatela is one of the most famous surf spots in all of Mexico, drawing legions of local and international surfers over the decades. At night, the area comes alive with bars and nightclubs.
Keep in mind that the surf throughout this part of Oaxaca is not to be underestimated. Exercise extreme caution when swimming in this region. Playa Principal provides slightly calmer water.