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The state of Oaxaca (pronounced: wah-HA-ka) in Southern Mexico is home to what could be considered the most-famous beach break in the world: Zicatela Beach, aka Puerto Escondido. Zicatela is one of Puerto Escondido’s most famous beach. It has enticing cafes, amusing restaurants and beautiful accommodations. Furthermore this is where the waves of the legendary Mexican Pipeline are located. Most of the action is at Zicatela’s northern part. Non surfers beware: the waters here have a lethal undertow and are not safe for beginners. Lifeguards have rescued several careless people every year. However, pro surfers love to challenge themselves on this exciting but dangerous waves. The Punta Zicatela area at Zicatela’s far southern end also has decent surf, and a mellower vibe.
At the of the end of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range and down to the Pacific Ocean, the coastal resort of Puerto Escondido lies. Also, the resort is only 180 miles away from the capital.
Puerto Escondido is built around a picturesque bay with gigantic rock formations. On the northwestern end, you can find the Bacocho Beach. It has the most variety of hotels and the atmosphere is laid-back. Another beach is Playa Principal, it is located in the middle of the town and has several boats for you to hire for fishing or sightseeing. Finally on the southeastern end, you’ll find Zicatela Beach. It is a vibrant action-packed beach with a cosmopolitan atmosphere that attracts surfers and tourists from around the world especially Europe. Many come to conquer the resort’s famous waves.
A stroll along Zicatela Beach provides the chance to enjoy the spectacular performance of surfers skimming atop the crests of colossal waves. According to experts, Puerto Escondido is among the ten best surfing sites on the planet.
And when the night falls, it’s party time in Puerto Escondido.