Good News: The United States State Department has issued its latest Travel Advisory on Mexico and it gives a green light on travel to the state of Oaxaca. This is not news to those of us who live herein peace and tranquility, but we hope that it serves as reassurance for those concerned by the relentless bombardment of negative press. Read Complete Report.
It's high season here in Puerto, a perfect 82 degrees, with gentle breezes and low humidity. The annual Fiesta in neighboring Chila is in full swing, Puerto Escondido is preparing to host Carnaval de la Costa, 2012 and the Puerto Escondido Music Festival is playing to appreciative fans of Blues and American Roots Music.
For nature lovers, the nearby Manialtepec Lagoon is at a peak of lush tropical beauty and biodiversity. The lagoon continues to rise with clear river fresh-water since the barrier beach closed in late December and waterfowl are even more abundant than in past years. Veteran guide Michael Malone reports that he has added four additional species to his checklist – Greater Scaup, Canvasback, Bufflehead and Ring-necked Duck, bringing the total to 296 species of birds observed in and around the lagoon.
The magical phenomenon of bioluminescence on the lagoon is also at a peak of activity, especially so with the oncoming new moon and dark nights for the next 2 weeks. It's a truly wondrous experience. But so, too, are the near daily sightings of humpback whales which often frolic inour friendly waters during their annual migration along the Pacific coast.
Puerto Escondido en sí no existía como pueblo moderno hasta 1920 cuando los dueños de las grandes fincas cafetaleras de las estribaciones decidieron que esta bahía escondida de este lindo pueblo chiquito sería un puerto útil e ideal para exportar el café y otros productos regionales. La creación en 1960 de la carretera costera que corre por toda la costa pacífica y el pavimento posterior de la carretera a Oaxaca abrió la región al turismo que fue el comienzo de un verdadero desarrollo de Puerto Escondido. A casi 15 años de establecido aquí en Puerto, el Hotel Tabachin ha visto como este pueblo ha crecido de una aldea dedicada a la pesca a un pueblo próspero de 50 000 habitantes. Este crecimiento se debe a la importancia que Puerto Escondido tiene como centro regional para la agricultura, la educación, el comercio, la pesca y el turismo, que se han dado como resultado una comunidad activa en vez de ser simplemente otro destino turístico. No falte Las Cosas que Hacer en Puerto Escondido y otro estupendo espectáculo de diapositivas.
Fishing is the life blood of the town. Deep sea commercial boats, small family canoes, and every size and shape of boat in between can be seen on the horizon as they bring in tuna, mahi mahi, snapper, jack, marlin, and hundreds of other types of fish. Many of the local boats welcome traveling fishermen and are available for chartered trips to their favorite fishing spots. The catch of the day can be either sold on the beach or taken to a beach restaurant and grilled to your specifications.
Boats aren't limited to fishing trips. The coast of Puerto Escondido and the surrounding area alternates between long, sandy beaches and small, intimate coves. Traveling by boat is an easy way to explore the coastline. Also mixed in with the beaches and coves are fresh water lagoons, home to many different birds and fish. Entire days can be spent gliding through the sea, stopping for a snack of freshly steamed lobsters at one cove and to study the sea turtles at another. Snorkel and scuba gear can be difficult to find in the area, but it is worth the effort. The coves host any number of submerged rock formations and coral reefs; it is an ideal setting for the inquisitive swimmer.
The town itself is worth exploring. Located in the information booth on the Adoquin, Gina, the "Information Goddess" of Puerto Escondido, has a great walking tour that will introduce visitors to easily-overlooked aspects of the area. Locals take these things for granted as simply a way of life: three generations of women gathered around a comal shaping and grilling corn tortillas, the home of a woman famed for producing as many as 800 tamales every day, the local molinos who grind everything from the intricate moles to homemade cocoa blends, and the Mercado Benito Juarez alive and buzzing with its many stalls of ripe tropical fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, homemade cheeses, and dozens of other unexpected goodies. These are romantic and exotic sights to foreign eyes.
1. The Puerto Escondido Airport is about ten minutes from the downtown harbor area.
2. Playa Bacocho is a white sand beach bordered with huge granite boulders.
3. The Bacocho community includes a school, hotels and popular residential retirement area.
4. The Riconada community offers a commercial strip with full services for this popular retirement area.
5. The emerald green Carrizalillo Cove borders the Riconada area - a must see and visit.
6. Puerto Angelito and Playa Manzanillo are located in another hidden cove which is generally used by local families.
7. Heading northwest from the harbor is an exciting cliff side walking trail below the Puerto Lighthouse.
8 & 9. Playa Principle is the main beach and shopping area ("Adoquin") in the harbor area.
10. The Tabachin enjoys wonderful views and is within walking distance to the harbor and Zicatela beach.
11. Heading southeast along the white sand, half moon harbor cove leads to Playa Marinero and the main hotel area along Playa Zicatela.
12.Playa Zicatela is also known as the "Mexican Pipeline" - a mecca for big wave riders and beginners alike.