Mexico’s Surf Town

From surfing and diving to relaxing beaches and top-notch seafood, Puerto Escondido has it all. Explore any of the city’s eight diverse beaches, or enjoy bioluminescence tours, whale watching, spear fishing, kayaking, bird-watching, and so much more.


Puerto Escondido is Mexico’s surf capital. If you are a big wave surfer, spending a few months honing your craft at Zicatela is a must. Luckily, Puerto Escondido has three other breaks for all levels: Carrizalillo (beginner), La Punta (intermediate), and Tierra Blanca (intermediate).


Some small plankton have the capacity to glow brightly when alarmed. On cloudy nights in Laguna de Manialtepec and Lagunas de Chacahua, you can swim in bioluminescent water caused by the presence of such plankton. Watch your arms glow as you wade next to the boat!

Lagunas de Chacahua

Simply put, Chacahua is a special place. A beautiful national park about an hour and a half north of Puerto Escondido, Lagunas de Chacahua is home to four types of mangroves, herons, pelicans, and even the Roseate Spoonbill during its migration. Surf, relax, kayak, and check out Chacahua’s lighthouse!

Turtle Conservation

Puerto Escondido is home to several conservatories that give visitors the opportunity to safely release baby sea turtles into the ocean. Fighting back against the treatment of baby turtles as a local delicacy, these conservatories have been a total success here in Oaxaca.


Every November, fisherman from all over Mexico and the United States flock to Puerto Escondido for its famous fishing tournament. The Oaxacan coast is famous for its huge sailfish and colorful dorado (mahi mahi), and every year, participants pull in fish hundreds of kilos in size!

Wildlife Tours

Swimming with dolphins in a pool at Seaworld is one thing, but watching pods of hundreds of dolphins leap playfully at your feet is a whole different conversation! Catch a boat ride from Puerto Angelito and see dolphins, fish, sea turtles, rays, and more.

Whale Watching

December through March, migratory whales make their way past the Oaxacan coast. While it is possible, though rare, to see blue and gray whales, humpbacks are our favorites. They can be seen breaching the surface and slamming into the surface all winter long!

La Reforma

About an hour and a half from Rancho Neptuno is a ~50m waterfall by the name of Cascada Encantada, or, ‘Enchanted Waterfall.’ A short hike from San Pedro de Mixtepec, Cascada Encantada is a must-see for waterfall lovers looking for a swim!