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Zipolite

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Zipolite is a beach and a small village in Mexico with a distinctive hippy vibe. It is probably most well-known for its clothing-optional beach policy.

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Huatulco International Airport is 45 KM from Pochutla. Twelve KM then to Puerto Angel. Taxis await on the HWY 200 turn off. Taxis run from the nearby town of Puerto Angel, or its a fairly pleasant, although dangerously narrow no shoulder 4km walk down the road. From Puerto Angel, you can catch a camioneta up to San Pedro Pochutla, where you can catch buses to Oaxaca and the nearby coastal cities.

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You can walk through the jungle to nearby towns farther west along the coast to Mazunte where you can see a Turtle museum. Collectivos will take you back, but be careful not to get caught out too late after they stop running.

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  • Go surfing. This is a popular surfing area, but its still hard to find areas to rent boards
  • Sit in one of the outdoor restaurants and relax. A couple of them as of this posting have free wifi too
  • Attend one of the occasional beach bonfires at night
  • Go snorkeling in Puerto Angel Ask for Byron Luna. He will take you out in his boat to search for dolphins, sea turtles and whales (in the whale-season), and then go to a nice beach for snorkeling

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The paved main street is closed to traffic after 6.00ish and the road turns into a lovely walking eatery and vendors selling wears of all artistic bends. Live music often is spontaneous. Overall very good food for cheap prices at almost all places. El Piedra del Fuego has consistently given the most food of high quality for the best pricing.

A pizzeria is run by a French couple serving up a wide variety of delicious pizzas for approximately 5USD each. The pizzeria has tables right on the beach with a good view of the strip.

There is a taqueria on the main street near Azul Profundo (to the left if you are standing in front of it). Eggs for breakfast are 30 pesos and quesadillas and tacos are 5 pesos. Very good and cheap. Look for the grill set up right in front of the place very close to the street and some plastic patio tables and chairs.


  • La Providencia Restaurant (bar), Now at posada Las Casitas (Behind Hotel Alquimista), 9581009234, [1]. Contemporary Mexican food. Open for dinner in summer and winter season. 15-20 usd.  edit

Along the beach is a restaurant called "Sal y Pimienta" (Salt and Pepper). They serve fantastic food right on the beach. They have awesome burgers, fresh fish right from the ocean and much more.

  • El Alquimista not so cheap but maybe the best food in the town. The place is very nice and beautiful. From the main beach the place is behind the rocks (west) [2]

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There are a large number of low cost rooms along the beach of varying quality.

  • Gloria's Shambhala, [3]. This place is the original Zipolite. Relaxed and rustic bamboo and palm thatch guesthouse with a spiritual vibe perched on the hill at the far west end of the beach. Intoxicating views. Cabañas, rooms, dorms. No drugs or alcohol permitted on-premises. Wonderful restaurant with hammocks and tables overlooking the entire beach. Lit by torches at night. Shambhala's clifftop meditation point, reached by short trail above and behind the hotel, is the place to be for sunset.  edit
  • la providencia restaurant bar, on the back street (by piedra de fuego), 9581009234, [4]. contemporary mexican fusioned food, outstanding choice in zipolite. open for dinner in the summer and winter. 10 -13 usd.  edit
  • Colibri Hostel, (On the beach next to Sal y Pimienta). Cabanas right on the Zipolite beach. The place is run by a couple named Kevin and Gilda. They are very nice people and can help you out if there is anything you need. The rooms are simple but only cost 150 pesos a night as of September 2011. There is shared bathrooms and shower and a communal kitchen. Free coffee in the morning. The hostel is located right next to a restaurant on the beach called Sal y Pimienta, and if you ask they will bring food over to the hostel.  edit

* El Alquimista Seems to be a very nice and more comfort place [5]

* Lo Cosmico A hippie place: Cheap without luxory [6]

La Roca Blanca hotel and restaurant has clean rooms with beach access for $30 a night but longer stays bring down the nightly rate. 2013 writing prices are $210 for two weeks, $300 for a full month. Next door on beach San Cristobal hotel with daily cleaning goes for $80 a night but bargaining can get price down to $60 a night.

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