Tick these activities off your Puerto Escondido vacation to-do list:

1. Enjoy a coco frío

coconut puerto escondidoCoconuts are super healthy and full of all-natural electrolytes.

And nothing screams tropical beach Vacation than dropping a straw into your own coconut.

Keep an eye peeled for small booths off the side of the road marked “cocos fríos”.

2. Catch some shut eye in a hammock

A swinging nap between a pair of palms is the supreme “tropical” experience.

Grab your favorite book or simply slide your hat over your brow and start counting iguanas.

3. Toss your iPad into the ocean

Maybe not…but do take a moment to power down your electronics and unplug from your life of 100% connectivity.

Relish in the freedom of being truly free from your devices. Relax, your responsibilities will still be there when you turn your phone back on.

4. Head out on the water

Taking a boat tour is a great way to see a different side of Puerto Escondido. Spot wildlife along the dolphin highway or try your hand at charter fishing and catch your dinner!

5. Take a stroll through a local market

There’s no more representative Mexican experience than shopping at the market. In Puerto Escondido, the new Zicatela Market is super clean and home to lots of delicious eateries with an ocean view – or go old school and wander the Benito Juarez Market in town for a more hectic experience.

6. Visit an authentic taquería

tacos puerto escondido oaxacaDining at an authentic Mexican taquería is a great way to have a great night for next to nothing – and we highly recommend choosing a joint that serves tacos al pastor, which are made with pork and pineapple, roasted on a rotisserie grill.

Not that most taquerías in Puerto Escondido aren’t open for lunch. They typically open from 5pm onward.

7. Enjoy a glass of tequila or mezcal

Whether you like your tequila in a shot or a Margarita, always look for 100% Agave on the bottle.

As the official drink of Oaxaca, you should try some smoky mezcal, too. A fantastic option is to take this awesome artisan mezcal tasting tour.

8. Hop on a micro (local bus)

Riding on a local bus is the ultimate Mexican experience. With trumpets blaring and tassels swinging, you’ll have so much fun that you might miss your stop!

If you are truly adventurous climb into the back of a colectivo, which is a pick-up truck turned collective taxi.