If you wish to swill insanely overpriced drinks, served out of a pineapple in an overcrowded cheesy tourist bar, there are tons of direct flights into Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta.
As an added bonus, you’ll be able to buy yet another Hard Rock Café t-shirt and stave off your daily hangover with a Bacon Egg & Cheese Biscuit from Mickey D’s.
If you’re in search of something more magical and off-the-beaten-path, head to the Oaxacan Riviera.
Yes, I’m biased…but I’m also right.
And there’s no better example of the hidden jewels that can be found here than Bahía Estacahuite in Puerto Angel.
Inexperienced ocean swimmers have a tough time snorkeling in areas where the waves and currents can knock you around, but the sea at Estacahuite is extremely calm. The sheltered cove is separated into three different areas by rock formations, and the water here is crystal clear for great visibility.
It’s only 65 pesos per hour to rent a full snorkel get-up from one of the basic palapa restaurants, which includes flippers, mask, and a life jacket. For beginners the life jacket is a nice touch as floating on the surface makes it easier to keep your snorkel tube above water, plus you get the added bonus of not burning your back.
One hour of snorkeling is more than enough time to explore all of the small coral reefs running alongside the rocks. They’re teeming with brightly colored tropical fish, and it’s truly an awesome experience if you’ve never done it before…and even if you have!
Return your gear and grab a beer…or two, or three!
The view from the beach is absolutely spectacular, and during the week it’s totally possible that you’ll be the only people there. The cerveza is ice cold, so stuff a lime into your Corona and park yourself in the shade, sunbathe in the sand, or swing in a hammock.
When you get hungry there’s fresh seafood available at extremely reasonable prices. You can order whole fish (pescado entero), like mojarra, or fillets of Mahi Mahi (filete de dorado). The most common preparation methods are in garlic (al mojo de ajo) or in a spicy red sauce (a la diabla). For starters order up a shrimp cocktail (coctél de camarón) served with crunchy tostadas, and of course another round of beers. Why not?
Be sure to check out Iguana Rock (La Roca de la Iguana) as there are always an iguana or two soaking up the sun and enjoying the vista.
This is the kind of stuff that paradise is made of.
Make a day of it.
Puerto Angel is located near other attractions, so it’s easy to fill up a day’s worth of activities if you’re coming from Puerto Escondido or Huatulco. Start the morning off with a boat tour through the mangrove lagoon at La Ventanilla, visit the National Turtle Center in Mazunte, and then continue along the coast to Puerto Angel.
Puerto Angel’s got its own unique charm to boot. It’s a sleepy little fishing town that has yet to be touched by the hand of tourism. You can spend an hour or so wandering around to get an authentic feeling for coastal life in Mexico.
The road to the beach is located on your right, about 200 meters from the bottom of the hill as you head up the highway from Puerto Angel towards Pochutla. It would be around a 20 minute walk from the wharf, but for two bucks you’d be better off taking a taxi. Just tell the driver Estacahuite.
If you’re staying with us at Gecko Rock Resort, we can help you to arrange transportation. If you’re coming from the highway, catch a taxi or colectivo at the Pochutla crossroad (Crucero de Pochutla) to Puerto Angel.