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Your travel guide Puerto Escondido: 5 must-do activities

Puerto Escondido is a magical city. Find everything you need to plan your trip: how to travel from Oaxaca, the best activities and transportation recommendations, rent a car, etc. Let yourself be captivated by the warmth and beauty of this wonderful beach.

Puerto Escondido is a magical city that you can’t forget to visit if you’re in Oaxaca. Find everything you need to plan your trip: how to travel from Oaxaca, the best activities and transportation recommendations, rent a car, etc. Forget about looking for something to do and let yourself be captivated by the warmth and beauty of this wonderful beach.

How to travel from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido

Located on the coast, Puerto Escondido is 265 km south of Oaxaca, so to get there you need to take federal highway 131. In case you decide to go by car, on average it will take 6 hours to arrive.

From Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido by car

You also have the option to take a bus, the cheapest is 432 pesos. But besides taking longer (10 hours), it is more profitable to go by car, especially if you are accompanied.

As for options for car rental in Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido, there are several suppliers with which you can quote. But prices range from approximately 800 pesos per day in a car for 5 people, costing $160 per person and having the freedom to move anywhere you want as many times as you want.

We leave you the best options to rent a car in Oaxaca here:

Tip: The total cost will be up to 40% cheaper if you book online before your trip. So if you already have the certainty that you will need a car, we recommend you leave for this option. However, don’t forget to check the website and check reviews before proceeding with your purchase to be 100% sure.

5 unforgettable experiences in Puerto Escondido

When it comes to researching things to do in one place, There may be an excess of information that does not allow you to clearly identify which are important and which are not. That’s why here you can find the top 5 activities to do in Puerto Escondido that you must do on your next visit. Here’s a map for you to observe the area where we will take you. 

Puerto escondido map

Now, discover the selection of the best to do in Puerto Escondido:

1.- Connect with nature in the Umar Botanical Garden

This botanical garden of Universidad del Mar is a living museum that will allow you to observe and interactively know plants. You can walk 1.5 km of interpretive trails and see species of deciduous lowland forest as well as research and conservation details. Orchids, Agaves, Spring, Copal, Plum, and more. You can also find more than 90 species of birds and animals such as tlacuaches, armadillos, foxes, deer, bats, reptiles, and amphibians.

To visit this garden, it is recommended to go before 1 pm, as well as wear comfortable clothes to stay in the sun and walk all morning. The garden has a 60-minute guided tour.

Jardín Botánico Umar - Activities in Puerto Escondido

Beautiful, isn’t it? The UMAR Botanical Garden is located just 15 minutes from Puerto Escondido. You can access its location on the map here. It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 pm to 1 pm.

2.- Surfing in Playa Marinero, paradise destination

Playa Marinero is one of the most important beaches of the place, known for being ideal for surfing, especially if you are a beginner since the waves are not so big. With a length of 200 meters, it has intense colors in green and blue tones, where the sea mixes with the golden sand.

In Playa Marinero, you can also enjoy the sun, while you consume food from the region like fish accompanied by beer thanks to the hotel and restaurant services that are there. Additionally, you can rent parasols or hammocks, and horses for the complete experience.

Surf in Playa Marinero

If you want an unforgettable day, definitely a destination that you cannot miss: surf, sea, sand, sunset, food, wind, nature. What else can you ask for? You can check the location by clicking here.

3.- Adventure of flavors and smells in the market Benito Juárez

Walking through the main market Benito Juárez is an essential gastronomic experience in Puerto Escondido, a unique adventure.

Wandering its corridors, you will find colorful landscapes and regional products such as fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, handicrafts, typical clothing, and flowers. There is also a dining area with small typical restaurants with the most delicious food. Chocolate, mole, empanadas, horchata, chapulines, quesillo and more!

Tradition, culture, and history in one place, certainly a mandatory stop if you visit this city. Wednesdays and Saturdays are the busiest days, as these days receive more local visits. So depending on what you are looking for, you can choose which days you want to visit.

Market Benito Juarez - Activities

The Benito Juárez Public Market is a short walk from the Zócalo, between 8th and 9th North and 3rd and 4th West streets. You can check the location here. 

4.- Delight your view with the tourist walker Alfonso Pérez Gasga

Puerto Escondido has a pedestrian zone parallel to the main street. Also called El Adoquín, this road becomes pedestrian-only at night, which makes it perfect for a night walk in a free atmosphere.

One of the first paved streets of the city, in a village formerly of fishermen, gradually became the most important tourist attraction. You will find a lot of nightlife around, such as clothing shops, live music, artisans, restaurants for all tastes, and bars.

If you are looking for a cheerful and festive atmosphere, it is a place you can’t miss visiting. This area is also ideal for buying souvenirs. We recommend you to visit it after 6 pm, a truly unforgettable experience. Watch it with your own eyes:

We leave you the location on the following link: Adoquín Puerto Escondido.

5.- Experience the best of two worlds in the Zicatela Shopping Area

In this area located in Av. del Morro, in the heart of Puerto Escondido, you will find hotels, restaurants, and a variety of bars. The most special thing is that by day you can enjoy the tranquility and at night you live a great atmosphere for the nightlife to the fullest.

During the day: Beach

During the day you can visit Zicatela Beach, where the warm and crystalline water will allow you to enjoy sunbathing and relax. In addition, it is a beach recognized worldwide for surfing for its swell of up to 6 meters. However, only for experts. On its most popular days, you can even witness international surfing competitions as well as folklore festivals.

Punta Zicatela sunset

At night: Party

Having observed the sunset, the party continues. In this area nationalities and cultures are combined in a fresh and entertaining atmosphere. National food, Italian, salsa, rock, there are options for all tastes. Whether it’s a beach club, a bar, or a nightclub, the possibilities to visit are endless.

Here ends your essential guide to visiting Puerto Escondido. We hope you make the most of your visit to this well-known tourist destination by national and international travelers. If you have any questions about more places to visit, how to get there or car rental, you can contact us and we will help you.

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