Puerto Escondido - The Mexican Pipeline
Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
103Trip End Mar 20, 2009
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We are soon welcomed to Dan & Carmen's which is idyllic. Our room overlooks Playa Zicatela (the main surf beach) and as it's situated in the hills above the beach where we are treated to a cooling ocean breeze. There's a superb lap pool and sun lounging area, I think we are definitely in Paradise. There's literally nothing to do here in Puerto Escondido beyond surfing, fishing or sun worshiping with a good book, the latter a pastime favourite of mine. Although I surprise both myself and Gareth by saying if we could stay here for a month I'd take surfing lessons. It's all lazy days ahead as we settle into this low key surfers paradise to chill out. The locals are all really friendly, there's some great surf shops, restaurants and bars. Our fellow neighbour, Julia, who is from London (yes a true Londoner) and has been traveling for about 7 months. Massive respect to her, she went to New Zealand and visited Napier. Enviously she's holing up here for a few months, we're both enormously jealous. After only a few weeks here Julia has the town wired and has met up with some great locals. She introduces us to a night out at a bar where the local band are playing Reggae, Mexican style. It's an eclectic group and they are truly passionate about their music, definitely a fun night. We also meet some Aussie travelers, Becky and Craig who hilariously travel with their supply of vegemite. In fact they are even getting friends to bring over more supplies as they are running desperately low
We spent our final evening out with Julia watching the surfers over dinner at Los Tios, one of the waterfront restaurants. We love the parrot as you enter who if you coax him enough will say 'hola' and then laugh hysterically. The locals here make incredible hammocks, super comfy and strong so after some haggling we are now the proud owners of a hammock. Mum & Dad this will be in the post to add to our pile ;-) Literally dragging our heels, bottom lips pushed out we leave Puerto Escondido for Oaxaca. Had there been availability at the 'Dan y Carmen' we would have stayed longer and probably wouldn't have been surprised to find ourselves still there months later. We'll definitely return and plan our next stay for longer.