Mazunte is a small village in Oaxaca.
Playa Mazunte is a quiet beach that has been discovered by the traveller underground. Mostly patroned by European backpackers, a stay on the beach can cost between M$30 and 150--a hammock to a private room with a view. Most accommodations are primitive, only some are more luxury. The beach is lined with restaurants. Most have happy hours--a time where you get two drinks for the price of one. There is not much to do here except lounge and soak up the hypnotic sun and sights of pristine beach. The beach is quite safe to swim and not the waves are not suitable for surfers.
Night life is quite calm. There's some restaurants spread through town and a few places at Playa El Rinconcito sometimes have live music. It's the only part of town that can be a bit noisy some nights.
The main attractions, apart from the wonderful beach, are the National Mexican Turtle Center and the Cosméticos Naturales de Mazunte workshop/shop that sells environment-friendly cosmetics.
From Oaxaca City: Get a Bus to Pochutla (8 hours approximately). From Pochutla either get a taxi (around $8 USD) or take a "collective" to Mazunte (around $1 USD per person). These custom-made vans departure every hour or so. Pochutla is about 15-20 minutes from Mazunte.
Mazunte is about 40 minutes from Puerto Escondido and 1 hour from Huatulco, from both places you can take a taxi or a "collective".
From Mexico City: By plane: To Huatulco or Puerto Escondido (take the taxi to Mazunte outside the airport gate to save 75%). By bus: Go to south bus station Tasqueña, take either a route to Oaxaca City-Pochutla-Mazunte (not connected), which is 10 hours total, or a direct route to Pochutla (14 hours, Estrella Blanca buses). The latter is a coast route that goes through the Guerrero state (passing by Acapulco) then makes a stop in Puerto Escondido, and finally arrives in Pochutla.
From Puerto Escondido: You can take a bus for about 40 pesos. The bus is in front of the Super Che supermarket, not at the bus station, although there is a more expensive bus there. Ask the driver to drop you off at Las Cruces de San Antonio. From here you can take taxi or collectivo (trucks with blue tarp roofing over back).
Mazunte is a very small, rustic village and very easy to navigate. Everything is easily reachable by foot. The main road is Paseo del Mazunte, bordered by a few restaurants, the church and the soccer field. It has four sideroads that all head to the beach. The most western sideroad, Calle del Rinconcito, leads to Playa El Rinconcito. It has a sideroad, Camino a Mermejita, a dirtroad that winds up the hill to private homes, a few hill top palapas, a cemetery, Punta Cometa and the neighboring beach, Playa Mermejita.
SAFETY WARNING The sea off the Mazunte coast is notoriously dangerous, and great care should be taken when swimming. There are no lifeguards but there is usually a warning flag system in place. The beach is rocky, waves can range from non-existent to very large, and undercurrents can pull unsuspecting swimmers out to sea even when the surface of the water appears calm. Drownings are not uncommon. In December 2011 one man drowned here, just two weeks after another couple of tourists also died.
Cosmeticos Naturales de Mazunte operates a small storefront on the main road, just North of the first dirt road. They sell shampoo, conditioner, soaps, lotions, and natural bug repellent made from citronella oil.
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Beach front palapas all have similar menus with similar prices. A good bet is to head to the one with the most people taking in the slow pace of life in Mazunte. Particularly recommended are the tlayudas, typical Oaxacan fare that cost M$25 and are big enough for two people. Also, try an agua fresca, you may have to wait a while but the combination of watermelon, lemon, and water on a hot day is well worth it.
If it is just too hard to get off the beach, there are plenty of vendors that come along with homemade tamales and deep fried tacos. If you have a sensitive stomach practice caution in your choices. The boho residents also sell homemade bread and cookies and these treats are highly recommended.
Estrella Fugaz and Siddhartha, both at Playa El Rinconcito, have an espresso machine for good coffee drinks, liquados, beers, liquors, juices and sometimes live music.
The best bet on a small budget is to find a place to drop your luggage and wander the small village looking for a place that suits your fancy. Rooms are cheap and there are deals to be had, as most places sharply lower their rates in the off season (basically from January to October). Most residents have rooms and palapas set aside for travelers, although they are very, very basic. On the plus side, you are free to share the households wood cookfire and will probably return home with many interesting stories. Another option is to accept a hammock or bed at one of the alternative community spots - there are a few mostly backed around a lagoon of sorts in the middle of the beach. If you are arriving during the high season without a reservation rooms may be hard to come by. Bringing a tent is a great idea since there are plenty of camping spots.
There are at least two internet cafés in Mazunte. Some restaurants and posadas have wifi.
Until very recently, there as been no ATM in Mazunte. In 2013 one was installed near the Turtle Centre, beside the crepe truck. After busy weekends, it may be out of money. Use the ATM in Puerto Angel or an ATM or bank office in Pochutla. Cash is king, small bills preferred. Hardly any place accepts credit cards.
San Augustinillo is the village and beach next door, a five minute walk. There are colectivo pick ups and taxis to Pochutla for M$10 and to Zipolite for M$5. From Zipolite you can get another colectivo to Puerto Angel. Pochutla market day is a Monday, although you will find fresh fruits and vegetables on any day.