Beaches on the Pacific Coast

Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
Trip End Dec 13, 2006

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Thursday, September 30, 2004

We left Oaxaca and got a bus (8 hrs / 74 peso's) to Puerto Escondido which is a lovely little town on the pacific coast. We arrived about 8.30pm and after finding a hotel we had a walk up the main road where there are numerous restaurants and bars. One bar was advertising a 'ladies night' so whilst I had a couple of beers Mandy got several free vodka's mixed with pineapple or lime juice!!
We spent the next couple of days on beaches close to the town.. Playa Principal is closest to the town and the busiest as the locals prefer this one, you can also see all the fisherman bringing ashore their catch. Playa Zicatela is a much longer white sand beach with lots of big waves and lots of surfers which were fun to watch as some were really good. Finally, our favourite was Playa Angelito(?) which was a 30minute walk via a twisting path by the sea and through lots of big rocks. This was a lovely crescent shaped beach in a sheltered cove below high cliffs. There were also several coconut-roofed huts selling cold beers and food.
We then headed on to Bahias de Huatulco - there are nine bays here and each has a couple of beaches or more. We headed to Bahia Conejos first which had been described as having 'limited tourist facilities' - ideal we thought a nice quiet beach resort. Our taxi from the bus station dropped us off and we climbed down a grassy path to see a beautiful beach, golden sand in a wide arc and not a person in sight! There was one hut serving drinks at the far end but nothing else here.. We had an hour or so with this delightful beach (and it's huge crashing waves!) to ourselves but then the late afternoon thunderclouds appeared and we left to find somewhere which actually had a place to sleep! Over the next couple of days we also visited Bahia Santa Cruz which had shops, a modern marina & calm waters ideal for swimming. We also visited Bahia &&&&& which was quiet, picturesque and again had no facilities to speak of. As we arrived in our taxi (16 peso's / 75pence) we saw a bright green iguana which quickly ran off into a nearby hedge hence the dodgy picture. Before we left here on the 12hour night bus to head for San Cristobal we treated ourselves to the cinema - a film called The Village with Sigourney Weaver. Itīs a very good film if you get chance to see it yourself!!
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