Puerto Escondido - The Mexican Pipeline

Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
Trip End Mar 20, 2009

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Dan y Carmens

Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Practically running off the bus as we pull into Puerto Escondido, it's felt like a long 7 hour drive, possibly due to the fact that they seem to have over sold on the bus so there's people crammed down the aisles.  It's 1am and all we want is to get to the hotel.  We arrive at Hotel Rockaway and find that there's only a hotel room available, not a cabana as told on the phone earlier, but too tired to care we pay the high price and check in for the night, leaving a deposit as well which gives us an inclination that this hotel must have regular problems.  The air-con blows warm air and the fan does little to abate the heat but it's a bed and we can lie flat which is all we care about.  Around 3am we're awoken to banging and crashing and pounding of doors by drunken revelers returning from a night on the booze although it sounds like they are trying to rouse more people to carry boozing with.  I make the crunch decision at this point that this hotel is merely a one night gig and we'll go in search of the paradise we'd envisioned in the morning
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.  That's true Aussie spirit and we'll hopefully meet up with them again in the Yucatan for a few Cuba Libras. 
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.
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