Gay-Friendly Puerto Escondido – Mexico's New Hotspot?
The liberación de tortugas or turtle release at Playa Bacocho is by far the most exciting and best adventure in Puerto Escondido. Every day at 5pm during sea turtle nesting season, you can meet, name, and release your very own baby sea turtle! Volunteers at VIVEMAR, the pro sustainability non-governmental organization protecting 4 of the 7 sea turtle species in the world, host this incredible experience for a small donation of 100 MXP or around $5 USD. For current information, including volunteer and donation opportunities, head over to their Facebook page. If you'd rather not hassle with transportation, check out the Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton Tour. This experience is a MUST!
Overview – Located on the southern Pacific Coast of Mexico, Puerto Escondido is best know as a laid-back surfer’s paradise. It is home to the Mexican Pipeline at Playa Zicatela given the huge swells on this beach.
Not all of the beaches in Puerto Escondido are for surfers though. There is actually a beach for every day of the week here with many of the bays protected from the ocean swells and thus perfect for swimming and relaxing.
Things to See and Do in and Around Puerto Escondido
Relax on the beach -Hire loungers and an umbrella from one of the many beach clubs on Zicatela with fantastic food, drinks, and views of the ocean.Take a surf lesson
Explore La Punta -Walk down to La Punta for dinner and drinks. There is great energy here as well as many delicious and gorgeous spots. It's also the perfect place to bar hop!
Lunch at Espadín -Make a reservation for lunch or sunset to enjoy the best view of the best beach in town, Playa Carrizalillo. Then take the 157 steps down for a refreshing swim.
Take a day trip to Zipolite -If uber gay Zipolite is not on your itinerary, it should be! Sunset at Playa del Amor in your birthday suit is a must on the Oaxaca coast! You'll thank us later 😉
Witness a sea turtle invasion -Head to miles of protected beach at Playa Escobilla to see thousands and thousands of see turtles come ashore to nest. It's truly spectacular.
Release a baby turtle -Take a taxi to Playa Bacocho and release your own baby turtle! It's for sure the highlight of any trip to Puerto Escondido!
When to go – The weather is near perfect from December to April with day time temps in the 80’s and lower humidity.
Where to stay – In addition to the luxury design hotels of Hotel Escondido, Casona Sforza, and the Samora Luxury Resort, we recommend Villas Carrizalillo. The villas and restaurant are surrounded by lush grounds and incredible views. The staff are also super accomodating and helpful.
If you are looking for an excellent budget option, look no further than Selina. This popular poshtel chain is located on Playa Zicatela and offers something for everyone. In terms of room choice, they have luxury suites with amazing views on down to shared budget room with bunk beds. At this location, they also have super cool teepees. For amenities, Selina really takes it to the next level. There are two pools, a surf club, cinema, shared kitchen, yoga pavilion, coffee shop, and happening restaurant and bar. This was our first time trying the Selina brand and we will be back. Selina also designates themselves as LGBTQ+ friendly on Google Maps, and we can confirm.
Where to eat and drink – Let’s start with our ‘go to’ breakfast spot, the pet-friendly Elephant Garden in Zicatela. We love this place and had breakfast here nearly every morning. You can’t beat birds chirping in the garden, a delicious and healthy breakfast, and super friendly service.
Where to find gay nightlife – Although we didn’t find anywhere exclusively gay, we did find our LGBT+ family members at the bar at Selina and funky bar Mar & Wana. The music, good vibes, and unique cocktails (try the Local Blood!) definitely won us over. There’s also a cool treehouse to explore.
Banking – Most of the banks are in Centro, but there are a few ATMs on Playa Zicatela. The most convenient are at Bungalows Zicatela and directly across the street on the beach at Sunrise Beach Club (neither are currently listed on Google Maps).
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