The Mexican pacific coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, and has so far been spared from the influx of tourists like you’ll find in Quintana Roo. The most popular stretch of coast includes Puerto Escondido, Zipolite, San Agustinillo and Mazunte. The hippy beach town of Mazunte was one of my favourite spots on my trip to Mexico. It has a feel-good vibe that’s contagious and is infamous for luring backpackers into staying much longer than they originally planned. I stayed in both Zipolite and Mazunte, and far preferred Mazunte. Make sure you’re ready to do very little if you decide to visit, and embrace it! Here is my guide for making the most of your time in Mazunte.
The most popular way to reach Mazunte is to take a collectivo (a small minibus) from Oaxaca City, via the mountain village of San Jose. The journey should take around 6 hours in total and costs around $300 pesos. Your hostel can organise a pickup for you or you can book a ticket at the bus station. I chose to stay in San Jose for a few nights to split up the journey. Be warned - the roads are windy and many people suffer from motion sickness. It might be worth taking some motion sickness tablets with you for the journey.
Things to do
As I mentioned, the best thing about Mazunte is the fact that there really isn’t much to do at all. Mazunte is about embracing the slow life, taking it easy and enjoying your beautiful surroundings. That said, there are a few nice activities you shouldn’t miss.
Watch the sunrise from the beach
The location of Mazunte beach means you are lucky enough to see the sunrise over the ocean from the beach. Get up early and head down to the empty beach to watch the magical sunrise. You shouldn't have to walk far as most of the hostels are very close to the beach.
Take a yoga class
Being a hippy town, yoga is one of the main activities in Mazunte. There are two main yoga schools (although many more are popping up). I took classes at both Hridaya Yoga and Casa Om. They have a schedule of drop-in classes in the mornings and afternoons which are pay by donation. Both offer slow paced, meditative classes - but trust me you don’t want to be doing much more than gentle exercise in the extreme Oaxaca heat!
Hang out on playa Mazunte
The beach is small, but beautiful. It has a small cove which is nice for swimming. Buy a fresh coconut (don’t worry, bamboo straws are the norm here!) and relax on the sand. The pacific coast is known for having a dangerous current so you do have to be careful - stay close to the shore and enjoy the waves from there.
Walk to Punta Cometa for sunset
A popular evening activity is to walk to sunset viewing point Punta Cometa. It will take you about 30 minutes uphill walk from the main beach street but it’s worth the hike. It’s a peaceful and magical spot on the cliffs where you can watch the sunset over the ocean along with other travellers and locals. There’s often someone playing guitar and always nomads wandering around selling home baked cakes or vegan falafel.
Where to eat:
There are lots of places I didn’t get to try while I was in Mazunte and new places opening all the time, but these were my favourites of those I did try:
Amazing tacos for only $10 pesos each (~50 cent)! The vegetarian tacos are vegan: there is nopal (cactus) or mushrooms and I recommend taking a few of each.
A very popular french bakery with the most amazing fresh bread and cakes. They are one of the first places open in the morning (around 8am) so you can head there for breakfast after watching the sunrise.
El Tilburon: Juice bar
Next door to La Baguette you can find a juice bar offering smoothie bowls and health foods. A little more pricey but worth it as they offer lots of amazing healthy ingredients you probably won’t have seen for while on your travels in Mexico (e.g. flax seeds, chia seeds and acai).
Good quality coffee and a trendy setting to relax in the shade.