While enjoying our time in
the Colonial city of
Oaxaca, Mexico, we decided to skip over to the beach for a few days.
We had a choice of taking a
twisting and turning 7 to 12 hour winding mountainous road trip on a bus or
shuttle as we had
done a couple of years ago, or, as someone recommended, take a more-or-less
private flight from the city to one of our favorite beach towns,
Entering the beach area
of Puerto Escondido
It was pretty easy to
arrange for this 30
minute flight from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido. It was exciting, convenient
and affordable, at the price of $86USD per person, one way.
Here you see us over the
beach areas of PE.
Our favorite little beach
to hang out is an artistic-style surfer area known as Zicatela. The stretch of
ocean you see here is dangerous for swimmers due to the rip tide, but for
surfers, it's a dream.
There are lots of
restaurants to choose from offering a variety of foods. If you want to hang on
the beach, chairs and umbrellas are provided and if you like, waitstaff will
deliver beverages and full meals to you.
Aaaaaahhhh.... Just like
a commercial, isn't it?
The next beach down
from Zicatela is this one called Playa Principal, where it is safer to swim and
body surf. Still, the waves are intimidating and can be meters high. I have been
slammed and ground into the sand plenty of times and it's truly invigorating
while you are screaming and flailing around swallowing sea water.
Taking a break in the shade
of our umbrella, this beer or fruit liquado is our reward for surviving.
collection of Retire Early Lifestyle shirts
Neon is back in style in
Latin America, and Billy is nothing if not in style and happening! I can see
this man coming from blocks away, I can see him on the beach, and if the traffic
cops need help in directing traffic, he's always available.
Still... he's handsome and
adventurous, wouldn't you say?
This area has such an
Just as in
Thailand, this area has an international feel and tourists from all over
come to enjoy the sun, the sand and the surf.
Our hotel with a new pool
This is the hotel where we have been staying
for years. Zazie is the owner and she speaks several languages, including
English. We rent a room with air conditioning for 600Pesos a night, at the time,
about $32USD. Zicatela beach is right across the street.
Anyone for Cuban cigars?
As we were waiting for our
dinner to arrive, this man approached us to purchase some Cuban cigars.
Hand rolled, of course. We don't smoke, but for someone who is an aficionado,
this would be attractive.
A meat wood-fired pizza
on the beach
This is a medium pizza,
plenty for two people with enough to take home, for 170Pesos, or just over
Here you see our bill
for the pizza, a fruit liquado and a Corona beer for 220Pesos or just
under $12USD. Tip in this case was not included, so we left extra.
A walk on the beach in
the early evening
After our pizza we took a
short walk along the gorgeous beach. The high-test pounding waves of earlier in
the day seemed to settle down some and it looked rather peaceful with the
calming colors of the sunset and the twinkling lights in the hills.
Business is good
This several-story concrete
hotel being built is a contested situation. While it reflects that the beach
traffic is busy, therefore restaurants, bars, shops and vendors are doing well,
many of the locals don't like the fact that this building is massive and several
stories high. It has blocked the view of the hotels behind them, which is
Apparently, the building is
government supported or being built by a politico, so it doesn't really matter
that the people are not happy with this state of affairs.
A musician singing for
As we were leaving our
beach chairs for the coolness of our air conditioned room, this bilingual
musician set up and began singing. He was quite good, and I'm sorry we were not
able to enjoy his performance for longer.
Notice the vendor in the
left-center of the photo. He is selling aqua frescas and other icy
delights perfect for the heat of the beach. We had just each finished a plate of
freshly caught fish with garlic butter, salad, beans and tortillas. YUM!
A perfect day at the beach.
Here we are, a couple of ol'
farts still in love and having fun.
Ain't life grand?
A converted VW van
Here you see an old VW van
converted into a grill that is used at a seafood restaurant where we were having
dinner. In Asia, we have seen converted vans used as a rolling liquor bar or a
wandering ATM machine, but this is the first time we have seen one used as a
Looking inside the van, we
saw this delicious grilled octopus, a special on the menu that evening.
Here we are lounging on our
beach chairs soaking up some Vitamin Sea and D.
Surfer's beach town
Over the years we have seen
this town grow and grow ... and grow. This road used to be sand with hardly any
traffic. Restaurants and hotels didn't continue as far as this photo shows, but
rather dead-ended into a sand dune. Now restaurants, hotels and hostels line
both sides of this paved road and it has a buzz about it.
Still, it's fun and worth
coming to visit even with the new amounts of tourists reveling in its offerings.
Mile-high fish burger
This burger was impossible
for us to wrap our mouths around. We ended up dissembling it and plating it as a
fish entree with vegetables and grilled bread. It was all very tasty and the
herbed bun was freshly made.
Notice my frozen
mango-ginger smoothie in the top left of the photo.
Fresh and dee-licious!
Pristine white sand and
palm tree shadows
If you have never been to
Puerto Escondido with its many beaches, hideaway apartments and hotels, and
variety of restaurants, most certainly consider going. It's closer than Hawaii
and more affordable than
Florida or the Caribbean.