Puerto Escondido Travel Tips


7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

We just got back from a sun-filled week in this rambunctious surf town, largely intact. Here are our seven favorite reasons to visit this jalapeno of a town.


To Party Like a Rock Star at Rockaway

If you’re looking to party with a beach-scene backdrop, Puerto Escondido is a great place to get your dance on for a few nights. It has lively bars, a couple of rowdy night clubs, as well as beach parties. The most lively times to visit are the religious holidays, from December 20th to January 5th and Easter weekend, when people from all over Mexico descend on Puerto Escondido to rage well into the dawn. The summers belong to foreigners, particularly in July, when a large influx of Australian surfers hit the beach.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

The pool area at Hotel Rockaway

The most party-centric hotel in town is Hotel Rockaway. It has a Miami-meets-Greece feel to it; the rooms are modern, minimal and white; the floors are stylishly stained concrete; the walls are white stucco. The hotel is so close to several active nightspots that you won’t even need your own music — the area’s DJ’s play plenty loud enough to lend their tunes to the party in your hotel room — alllll night (bring good earplugs!).

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

The Penthouse at Hotel Rockaway in Puerto Escondido

The suite you’ll want to reserve is the penthouse, which comes with a private pool and a phenomenal view. If a rock star were to visit Puerto Escondido, this is where they’d stay. I can imagine plenty of people “makin’ it rain” in this “baller” suite. Not only is it by far the most private accommodation at Rockaway (the others all have balconies that face the other rooms), but you’ll be glad for the private pool mid-day.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

The Penthouse’s private pool at Hotel Rockaway in Puerto Escondido

The suite is so complete, in fact, with its kitchen, living room, soaker tub, outdoor lounge area and a pool that overlooks the ocean, that you may find you rarely want to leave. It has a thatch roof, great lighting, and interesting art on the walls.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

The Penthouse suite, with its patio and private pool, is great for entertaining

And whether you’re hungover or not, room service at Rockaway is simply delicious — we highly recommend the guacamole and mahi mahi, as well as their smoothies.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Room Service at Hotel Rockaway in Puerto Escondido

And to recover from all that partying, check out this next reason to visit:

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.


  1. That hotel room looks impressive. I love the photography! I also love that the culture there seems so cool. I’ll add it to my travel list.

  2. Melani Kalev

    Oh my, what a dream! I’d loved to take a yoga class there.

  3. Oooooooooooh. I feel like hopping on a jet and going there now!

  4. Christine Muchoe

    Mexico was never one of my top travel destinations (maybe because the only part of Mexico I’ve been to is TIjuana) but I think I just fell in love with Puerto Escondido from reading this article. Seriously adding it to my travel list!

  5. I love Mexican food and this looks right up my alley – totally my speed. I’ll be making it my next big trip 🙂


    • Sarah Evanston

      LOL What’s with the SHOUTING?? 😉


  8. Hello Arabella! Come to rock on Hotel Rockaway! We expect you here! 🙂

  9. Penni

    I went to Puerto Escondido over 30 years ago and it certainly wasn’t like this. Only a few palm trees, one or two hammocks, lots of pelicans and a tiny guest house called El Rincon del Pacifico!

  10. We’ve been there before! I really enjoyed the dramatic sunset in Puerto Escondido. We explored countless scenic tropical beaches each unique in its own way. We also enjoyed surfing at Mexpipe which is the focal point of surfing in Mexico. I will surely go back there!

  11. Looks like Puerto Escondido is on my travel bucket list 😀

    You had me at jalapeno. And, of course, though I don’t surf, the beach is enough to get me somewhere. Also the food. I just love tasting local dishes.

  12. Sarah Evanston

    Spirulina looks great. I would go to Puerto Escondito just to go there! Maybe I’ll round up some friends and go in the summer, when the Aussies are there. Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

    • Francis Woods

      Sarah – I want to go but can’t find friends to go with. Maybe we could just get a random group of girls together to go, and make new friends? 🙂

      • Hannah Meyers

        Would love to join you guys! Haven’t been there and wouldn’t mind tagging along 😀

  13. Gabby Williams

    I’m super excited to check this place out. Just trying to decide on the hotel… Rockaway looks great, but I can’t seem to book that specific suite online, which makes me nervous. I like to know exactly what I’m getting! I’m also considering the rooms at Casa Corzo, but I can’t see photos of that online either…it does look really cool based on your article photos and their Facebook page… Which should I choose??

    • Hannah Mayers

      I tried to book Rockaway’s penthouse and had the same problem. I can’t see how to book the penthouse online, and when I called it sounded too complicated to book over the phone. I finally gave up and booked Hotel Santa Fe instead. It’s on the other side of the strip and looks very charming — not as modern and swanky as Rockaway looks in this article though, so still a bit disappointed, but just really wanted to go to Puerto Escondido to try out the stuff from this article, so happy either way! 😉

    • I had the same issue with trying to book the penthouse. LAME! I forwarded this article to my best friend and we’re going to go together later next month. Australian surfers? Count me in!

      • Sorry guys! I’ll tell the hotel and have them comment here. 😉

      • Farkem

        The Rockaway’s complete remodeling has just been completed, and I’m sure there are loose ends which haven’t been tied up yet, since it was a very extensive remodel. I’d try again in a few weeks/months for booking.

      • Hello Nicole! There was a technical problem going on since the webpage was being redesigned. You can Toll Free 855-210-5856 too. Or inbox us at Hotel Rockaway in Facebook! We are located just in front of Zicatela Beach. Have a nice weekend!

    • Hello Gabby! There was possibly a technical problem that you encountered with, it should be fixed by now. You can Toll Free 855-210-5856 too. We are situated in front of Zicatela Beach! We expect you here!


  14. Courtney Watson

    Wow – that penthouse looks swanky! Great photography. Makes me want to visit ASAP (like, tomorrow… sigh)

  15. This looks like my vibe. I surf and have been around the world on surfing trips, but never to Puerto Escondido. I’m going to book this ASAP (and that dope suite at Rockstar — I mean, Rockaway Hotel!!)

  16. Wow – you make Puerto Escondido look like so much fun! Your photos are gorgeous. I’ll have to visit — Hotel Rockaway looks perfect for a (slightly younger, unencumbered) friend of mine. I’ll forward it along.

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