So we finally arrived in Puerto Escondido at 7am on Niamh’s birthday after a 9h bus ride that got in early. The ADO buses in Mexico are better than any bus we’ve been on in the UK so the journey wasn’t too awful.
As we arrived before anyone was awake in the hostel we decided to take a walk along the beach next to us called Playa Zicatela which led us to the fishing beach where the fishermen were getting ready to sell their morning catches. We managed to see some crazy surfers, we say crazy as the waves were seriously big! No swimming was allowed on that beach at all and the surfers we met in the hostel said those out there either grew up on these waves or are mental.
Whilst still waiting for the room we got breakfast down the road overlooking the beach. Nice coffees and traditional Mexican eggs. Two thumbs up from us.
The hostel we stayed at is called Selina, they have hostels all around Mexico and this particular one is new so doesn’t have many reviews. They have a central bar area on sand with loads of seats, then a pool area with hammocks and games.
We spent most of the afternoon at Carizillio beach. To get there we underestimated the distance and walked for 40 minutes in extreme heat and uphill. The sweating was real! Once we got there we went straight for a swim in the warm water. The rest of the afternoon we alternated between sipping on birthday Corona’s and swimming. Carizillio beach is small with restaurant bars situated down the length and deckchairs outside each bar. We paid 200 pesos for both chairs and then on top had to buy drinks. If you’re a beginner surfer this is the best beach to practice on.
That evening we went out for a lovely meal at a restaurant called El Espadin which is situated on top of the cliff overlooking Carizillio and you get to see the most unbelievable sunsets. It was SEN-SA-TIO-NAL! Margaritas to start followed by garlic calamari and red snapper tostadas as a starter; fish of the day for main course. This was a white meaty fish (forgotten the name) served with rice and roasted vegetables .
Back at the hostel we joined the others for open mic night!
Early start to Manzanillo beach which differed to Carizillio and is probably our favourite as it is perfect for swimming and snorkelling and the beach is lined with sunbeds underneath palm trees. Here you don’t have to pay for them as long as you buy a few drinks or food. We got the biggest pot of guacamole we’ve ever seen, even Stu has changed his opinion on what used to be called the ‘devils food’. Snorkelling was awesome, there are so many beautiful fish to see along the rocks and further out by the boats. The video doesn’t do it justice !
For dinner that night we had a vegetarian Pad Thai and watched another unbelievable sunset on the beach.
We started the day by going for an 8am run along the beach. Ok so the run may have diverted to the road and the run may have turned into a walk. But it was great fun and hard work along the beach seeing as temperature had already hit the high 20s.
Stu went to the shop to get breakfast; scrambled eggs on toast with tomatoes. We then wrote the previous blog post (we know we have slacked a bit on this one!) at the hostel before heading back out to Manzanillo beach. More of the same chilled vibes that afternoon which was perfect. That night we went out with a load of friends from the hostel. The hostel was located next to all the main bars and clubs which was pretty handy. Top night however the music did go downhill from 1am onwards. Shame nobody we know is a DJ…
We managed to make it to Manzanillo again for the afternoon with the girls who were in our dorm and Ellie and Jess who we’ve ended up travelling with to our next destinations. Unfortunately both our tummies took a bad turn that evening so we just had a chilled night. Thankfully it was only a short lived bug and we were fine the next day.
For our last day we spent it by the pool in the hostel mainly. The one great thing we did do was head out to this taco place called Pepe’s Fish Tacos on Playa Punta Zicatela and it was the best food we have had since arriving in Mexico without a doubt. Niamh had the fish of the day cooked in coconut batter served with mango, tomatoes, coriander, onion and their special sauce. Stu had the shrimp special cooked a la plancha. Only the one taco each as they were so big and it was all we needed (well apart from wanting more due to them being so damn good!!)
Then at 9:30pm we got on the bus to San Cristobal de las Casas for the next 13 hours.