7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

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


To Take Eco-Tours

Puerto Escondido is home to one of the only two lagoons in the entire world that have bioluminescent phytoplankton. We took the tour with Lalo Eco-Tours, and it did not disappoint. The water was warm, like bathwater, and when we swam, the water around our body lit up. It was surreal. I highly recommend paying extra for a private tour, so you don’t have to wait for the other tourists in the boat to get their fill.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Me releasing baby endangered turtles into the ocean… it was surprisingly thrilling!

But that’s not the only tour that’s available — far from it! We helped release endangered turtle babies (and were warned that horseback on the beach can crush turtle nests), which was a memorable experience. The three species of turtles we helped to release will live to be between 70 and 120 years old — they’ll outlive any of us! The man who runs the turtle charity (who is separate from Lalo Eco-Tours, who took us) sleeps in a tent on the beach in order to protect the incubating turtle eggs from poachers who’d steal them to sell as aphrodisiacs.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Exotic birds with their babies, on our birdwatching tour

Another tour we did, with Lalo again, is a morning birdwatching tour. Most tourists in Puerto Escondido are too hungover in the morning to get up and take this tour, which makes it even more special. In the morning, the lagoon is quiet and peaceful, and there are exotic birds everywhere. Highly worth checking out, if you like birds.

7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido

Saying hello to locals, on our birdwatching tour

And finally, there are dolphin and whale-watching tours, often coupled with scuba or snorkeling. Make sure to ask about the conditions and water clarity before committing to scuba or snorkeling, as many tour operators will take you out regardless of the visibility.

But above all, remember never to purchase exotic animal meat, or let tour operators pull animals into the boat. Some tour unscrupulous tour operators in Puerto Escondido pull sleeping endangered turtles into the boat, and in the process often break their fins. Here are a few more important eco-tourism tips.

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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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