Zicatela Beach, Puerto Escondido

Zicatela Beach is located on the eastern side of Puerto Escondido in Mexico. Rated in the top ten main surfing spots in the world, the beach is famous for its surfing competitions, which attract people from different countries.

Zicatela beach is an average of 50 to 100 m wide and 4 km (2.5 mi) long.

The best time to visit the beach is between April and November. However, some professional and non-professional surfers visit the beach throughout the year.


Flights, buses, and taxis are the main transportation options from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido. Then, the beach can be accessed easily by walking or driving, as it is only a 20 min walk from the town center. The parking space is small here, so it is advisable to go early.


Many people recommend Zicatela Beach expert surfing and not for swimming, as it has a strong undertow with very strong waves and currents. Lifeguards are present at all times, as the beach is classified as a high-risk place. Some of the lifeguards present are skilled, while the others are volunteers.

The area

There are simple kitchens and decent washing facilities available along the beach line. Many hotels, which are affordable in price, are close to the beach. The nightlife is vibrant with good bars and night clubs available.

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Hotels near the beach

  • Posada Real Puerto Escondido (3 stars)
  • Hotel Surf Olas Altas (3 stars, free wifi available)
  • Hotel Santa Fe (4 stars, offers free wifi and breakfast for quests)
  • Hotel Aqua Luna
    Vista Hermosa s/n, Col. Santa Maria, Puerto Escondido 70934, Mexico
  • Hotel Santa Fe
    Blvd Zicatela y Calle del Morro S/N, Puerto Escondido 71980, Mexico
  • Hotel Buena Vista
    Calle de Morro, Zicatela Beach, Puerto Escondido, Mexico


  • Lifeguard
  • Toilets
  • Car Parking
  • Watersports
  • Changing Rooms
  • Showers
  • Sunbeds
  • Umbrellas
This beach also may be known as:
  • Playa Zicatela

Beach on the map