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Mazunte is a small village in Oaxaca.


Mazunte is a quiet place that has been discovered by independent travellers. Mostly patronised by European backpackers, a stay on the beach can cost between M$30 and 150--a hammock to a private room with a view (more in high season). 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.

Mazunte has two beaches. The main beach which is easily reached from the main street is Playa Rinconcito. You can walk up a road heading west over a small hill past the cemetery to the other beach, Playa Marmejita. There is not much to do here except lounge and soak up the hypnotic sun and sights of the pristine beaches. Playa Rinconcito is quite safe to swim - the waves are not suitable for surfers. Generally Playa Marmeijita isn't as safe for swimming due to currents, gutters and drop-offs but is a lovely place to walk or jog.

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.

Few businesses in Mazunte accept credit cards. As of Nov 2021, there are a few ATMs located in Mazunte, all Banco Multivia. They charge a fee of M$110 for withdraws. One is located at “Super Compras La Grillo” on the main street towards San Augistinillo, one at the Century 21 office on Rinconcito and one on the main street across from the church. Other cash machines can be found a short collectivo ride away in Pochutla, or Zipolite. Pochutla offers more options and Zipolite ATMs are occasionally out of money, so plan accordingly.

Get in[edit]

From Puerto Escondido: Take a SUR bus to Pochutla from the ADO bus station, but ask the driver to drop you off at San Antonio, in front of Oxxo (convenience store). The trip will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and the fare is M$144 (Dec 2021). From San Antonio, take a collectivo to Mazunte for M$10 or taxi for about M$80 (depending on your haggling skills).

From Oaxaca City: Get a Bus to Pochutla (8 hours approximately). From Pochutla either get a taxi (around $8 USD) or take a "Collectivo" (truck with a tarp roof) to Mazunte (10 pesos per person, September 2015). From the main bus station cross the road and walk left just past the "Elektra" sign, the Collectivos stop here. Pochutla is about 20-25 minutes from Mazunte.

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 Zipolite, a camionetta is 7 pesos. A private taxi can be up to 80.

Get around[edit]

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.

Local collectivos run every day through the main street. It's easy to get to nearby Playa Zipotle, only about 20 minutes (8 pesos) by collectivo which drops you at the western edge of the village.

Mazunte shoreline

You can also walk east to the lovely village next to Mazunte called Playa San Agustinillo.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Alligators. At nearby Playa Ventanilla villagers will take you alligator watching in canoes.  edit
  • Centro Cultural Luna Nueva. Live music and other performances.  edit
  • Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga (Turtle center). See all varieties of sea turtle that live in Mexico and some other kinds. M$27.  edit
  • Punta Cometa. The rocks stretching into the ocean on the west side of town. From the tip of Punta Cometa you can watch both the sunrise and the sunset. There is a path up the hill along side the Alta Mira bungalows that is well signed.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Mazunte Beach
  • Arcades, (abbarotes store on the corner of the dirt road that leads to Punta Cometa). Several arcades outside. Arcades are hacked Xboxes that play Game Boy Advanced games and other emulators and games.  edit
  • Beaches. There are a few other beaches west and east of Mazunte. You can easily reach them by foot or colectivo.  edit
  • Hridaya Yoga Mexico (formerly Agama Yoga), (main road just before San Agustinillo), [1]. 8:30AM and 4PM. Free morning meditation, daily drop in classes, monthly courses, meditation retreats, workshops, etc. Classes are followed by an evening talk.  edit
  • Yoga with Mario at Rancho Cerro Largo, (main road after San Agustinillo (after Rancho Hamacas)). 8:00AM (T-Sa), 9:00AM (Su) and 4:30PM (Tu-Fri). Donation based classes, suggested donation 50 pesos (7/2014).  edit
  • Paseo en lancha, (at the beach). Fishermen offer guided boat travels around the beach. You can get close to the turtles, dolphins or whales if you're lucky.  edit
  • Solstice Yoga Center, (upstairs at Posada del Arquitecto), [2]. 9 AM every day. Hatha yoga. These walk-in classes are very well explained in both Spanish and English and easy to follow for people in different levels. The room has a nice breeze and the only sound is the waves of the ocean.  edit


  • Festivals. Mazunte is home to 2 great festivals each year. The Circus festival, held in late February, and in mid-late November the Jazz festival.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

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.

For more information about the locally owned company: [8].

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

  • La dolce vita, Paseo del Mazunte. A great Italian restaurant. Their pizzas are particularly delicious.  edit
  • Sahuaro, (behind Arquitecto). These people really like what they do and make very good food served in a pleasant way.  edit
  • Tania, Paseo del Mazunte (at the west entrance of town). Good choice of vegetarian, meat and fish dishes.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


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.

  • Ataraya. A budget place to stay right on the beach. It's not the cleanest place but the people running the hostel and restaurant are very relaxed and friendly.  edit
  • Posada la Huerta, 70947 Mazunte, Oaxaca (dirtroad left of the (dry) river), 045 (954) 158 9352. Very basic private rooms. M$100 single room.  edit
  • Tia Porfiria, Junto Museo de la Tortuga, Golfina No. 1. On the beach. Dorms, rooms and place for tents. dorm M$50.  edit


  • Alta Mira. The bungalows are steeply backed against the hillside with amazing views and nice tile work. Are they worth the forty dollars a night? Depends on your preference.  edit
  • Miramar Cabanas. A great place with an amazing view. Cabanas or rooms for 200-250 pesos a night. Quite a hike from everything else but very quiet. Off of the road that leads to Punta Cometa. Look for the blue sign with cursive-like writing.  edit
  • Posada del Arquitecto, (at Playa El Rinconcito), [3]. Has cute cabanas costing from $350 to $1000. It has famous 'estrellas,' hanging open-air dorm beds facing the ocean. Prices range from $80 to $120 depending on the season.  edit
  • Posada Ziga, [4]. Nice rooms right on the beach, wi-fi everywhere, nice terrace, a safe for your valuables in the room, good (cold) shower. Good value for money.  edit
  • Tierra Verde, (At entrance to Punta Cometa State Park, 150 meters from Rinconcito Beach and Mermejita), [5]. Tierra Verde is an eco retreat meditation center still a bit rustic. Most people staying there are involved with the Agama Yoga Center and teaching although people looking for quietude and with a clean lifestyle are welcome to stay. The vegeterian kitchen is often available. M$80 dorms M$200-500 cabanas.  edit


  • Casa pan de miel, (Up hill close to San Augustinillo), [6]. A swimming pool at the edge of the hill, overlooking the ocean. Park your car at your own bungalow. starting at USD100.  edit
  • OceanoMar, Camino Mermejita (Descending the pathway to Mermejita beach), [7]. checkin: 3 pm; checkout: 12 am. A luxury resort with a large 'infinity view' pool, also suitable for children. Free private parking. 'Airport pick up' service. Suite price starting at USD80.  edit

Stay Safe[edit]

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.

Get out[edit]

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.

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