7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Join me on a tour of this rambunctious jalapeno of a surf town!


To Rejuvenate Your Body and Spirit

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido


We discovered a fantastic cafe/restaurant just around the corner from the main strip, called Spirulina. It’s run by a mother and her son — who just happens to be the most handsome man in Mexico (and a world-famous surfer) and is on the cover of Puerto Escondido’s tourism guide.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Christian Corzo (far left) on the cover of the Puerto Escondido tourism guide

The waitresses are two gorgeous women from Sweden, who have possibly the cutest puppy alive, named Nala, who’s cuteness and playfulness persuades customers to stick around much longer than they otherwise would. But I digress.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Emma and Lisa at Spirulina Restaurant in Puerto Escondido

Spirulina’s motto is “Healthy & Tasty Homemade Food, With Love”, and it rings true. The vibe is very hippie/surfer, and their delicious juices, smoothies and cocktails (coupled with fast WiFi) make it the sort of place you’ll want to spend all day in.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Christian and Estela Corzo, owners of Spirulina and Healing Hands

But good vibes and healthy food aren’t the only attractions that’ll keep you here. Upstairs, they have a thatch-roof yoga room, with two to five yoga classes per day, some two blissful hours long — all overlooking the ocean, of course.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Yoga, at Casa Corzo, above Spirulina in Puerto Escondido

On the same landscaped property, they have five rooms they rent, mostly to surfers, and a small spa offering hot stone therapies, facials and massage. My husband and I loved the couples massage we had there so much that we could do little to resist repeating the experience each day we were in town. For only about $500 pesos (about $40 US), you can get a deliciously relaxing massage, tailored to your preferences, set to relaxing music and candlelight.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Get a massage by Healing Hands, the spa connected to Spirulina Restaurant

Want more of this holistic goodness? A quick Google search will show you that several yoga schools are nearby, as well as many beachside yoga studios. You can either learn to be an instructor, improve your practice, or simply take a class or two in an exceptionally beautiful setting.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Casa Corzo is attached to Spirulina and provides yoga and massage

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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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 114 Comments

  1. Carolyn Watkins

    Is there anything better than sitting on the beach and watching the sunset?? There are a couple of beaches to enjoy watching the sun go down. Playa Zicatela and Playa Carrizalillo. Ahhhhh ☀️

  2. Lynette Dixon

    Many places claim to be the world’s best surfing beach but Puerto Escondido’s Palaya Zicatela would make it to the top ten. Even if you don’t surf,when you see the beach you will want to try it!

    • That’s good you don’t have to limit yourself when you’re in PE! make the most of our stay!

  3. Elsa Walton

    This is in my top 10 list to go to this year that’s why I am really doing a lot of research about the place and glad you wrote something about this town. Awesome!

  4. Courtney Warner

    If you’re planning to go to a place you’ve never been before, it’s best to do some research first,about reviews, tourist spots to visit and a place to stay. so when you go there you won’t spend too much time looking.


    Relaxing days on the beach, long nights partying, shopping in the night makter and big waves! This town really has something for everyone.

    • Patricia Butler

      Aww I missed this place, the photos bring back memories! Hop to come back soon.

  6. Deanna Harper

    Escondido has all from kayaking, boating, bird-watching, and swimming in phosphorescent waters. You might wanna try as well.

  7. Ramona Hampton

    I loved the beach, it’s sun, sunsets and waves. Perfect for surfing.

    • I’ve heard about this town from a friend and seeing this photos and reviews makes me want o book a ticket now!

  8. Best place to go to for a quick weekend getaway and surf all day!

  9. DONNA

    I didn’t know this is also a good destination for surfing. Cool!

    • P.E. is more than just having the prettiest beaches, you should not forget to go to the night market as well!

  10. Leona Palmer

    It’s the best summer destination. Thanks Urbanette for featuring my favorite town ?

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