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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.

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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 taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She’s always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 26 Comments

  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 🙂

  6. YOU MUST COME AGAIN AND VISIT THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN…..RINCONADA…WONDERFUL RESTAURANTS….CARRIZALILLO BEACH, WHICH WAS NAMED ONE OF THE WORLD´S TOP BEACHES BY TRAVEL AND LEISURE MAGAZINE, AND ALL VERY LOW KEY FOR THE OLDER GROUP…..BILL, AKA MEMO

    • Sarah Evanston

      LOL What’s with the SHOUTING?? 😉

  7. I LIVE IN PUERTO THE TOTAl YEAR….RINCONADA AREA….IT TRULY IS PARIDISE….VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER MEXICAN BEACH TOWNS…..VISIT US….YOU WILL BE WELCOME…..BILL HOLMAN

  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!

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