PLAYA BACOCHO IN PUERTO ESCONDIDO – A COMPLETE GUIDE

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Playa Bacocho is hands-down my favorite beach in Puerto Escondido! Featuring an almost endless strip of glistening white sands and blueish-green waters making it the longest and one of the most idyllic beaches in Puerto Escondido!

I have put together this complete guide of Playa Bacocho (Bacocho Beach) including where it is, how to get there, and what to expect!

 

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WHERE IS PLAYA BACOCHO & HOW TO GET THERE

Playa Bacocho is located 4kms west of Puerto Escondido town center and it’s easily accessible by a tar sealed road that leads right down to the coastline.  

If you have your own car or scooter rental, it’s a 10-minute drive or a 1-hour walk to Playa Bacocho Puerto Escondido from the main tourist area of Zicatela.

To reach Bacocho from the other main tourist area of Carrizalillo, it’s a short 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from here.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT PLAYA BACOCHO

Complete paradise is ultimately what you can expect to find at Playa Bacocho Oaxaca! This long stretch of white sand beach is the perfect spot for sunbaking and beach bumming, long walks along the sloping sandbank and of course swimming in the ocean to cool off.

The waves and currents at Playa Bacocho can be quite strong at times so just be mindful of this before going for a dip. It’s best to ask the lifeguard on duty when you arrive to advise you where the safest spot for swimming is. 

Apart from soaking up some sun on the shoreline, there are a couple of awesome beach clubs down on Playa Bacocho that welcomes outside guests.

Villa Sol and Club de Cocos are the most popular beach clubs at Bacocho both of which feature a palm tree fringed beach area, outdoor swimming pools, straw beach umbrellas, a restaurant and a bar that overlooks the ocean. All they ask is that you spend a minimum of 200 MXN when visiting. 

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PLAYA BOCOHO PUERTO ESCONDIDO

If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, you can find a sandy path at the southern end of Playa Bacocho that leads around the headland to Playa Coral.

You’ll have to scramble around some large boulders but it’s easy enough to do so and it takes no more than 5-minutes to reach the shores of Playa Coral.

This tucked-away little cove is surrounded by lush greenery and what seems to be an abandoned hotel. There are fewer waves breaking in the cove at Playa Coral which makes it more of an ideal spot to go swimming if the waves on Bacocho Beach are too hectic.

I believe Playa Coral is known as the nude beach in Puerto Escondido, so just bear this in mind when taking photos. 

It’s definitely worth taking the short walk from Playa Bacocho to Playa Coral and going for a dip in the cove to cool off!

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TURTLE RELEASING ON PLAYA BACOCHO

Another awesome thing to do at Playa Bacocho is to join in on the turtle releasing which is a daily activity between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm on the main beach.

The cost of the turtle releasing is 100 MXN per person. You can pick your own baby turtle hatchling to set free as you watch them scramble down the sandbank and take their first strokes in the ocean.

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Turtle releasing at Playa Bacocho

Run little fella!

OPEN AIR CINEMA ON PLAYA BACOCHO

Just when you thought Playa Bacocho couldn’t get any better… Every Wednesday night Villa Sol Beach Club plays host to an open-air movie night down on the sands of Bacocho Puerto Escondido.

The best thing about these beachfront movies on Playa Bacocho is that it’s completely FREE! 

The movie typically kicks off at 7:00 pm so you can do the turtle releasing in the afternoon, watch the sunset from down on the beachfront and then end the night with a movie under the stars at Villa Sol. It sounds like an incredible afternoon if you ask me!

Beach cinema at Playa Bacocho

 

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WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO ESCONDIDO

Puerto Escondido has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Puerto Escondido to suit the needs of luxury travelers and budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Posada Real Puerto Escondido

One of the best luxury resorts in Puerto Escondido! Located right on the beachfront with a private beach club, 2 restaurants, 3 bars, 2 outdoor pools, tennis court, mini-golf, games room and water sports facilities. The rooms are air-conditioned with ocean and garden views, large comfortable beds, spacious living, cable tv, coffee maker and private bathroom. Perfect for couples, families and friends.

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Mid Range: Casa Losodeli

I personally stayed at Casa Losodeli and can’t recommend this place enough! From the moment you step in the door, you will feel like family. Centrally located and walking distance to the beaches, bars, restaurants and cafes. Featuring an outdoor pool, co-working space, free wifi, cafe, communal area, shared kitchen, bar, beautiful gardens and free bicycle rental. Choose from a dorm room, private room or fully equipped apartment with a kitchen and flat-screen tv. Perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends and families!

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Budget: Casa Daikiri

Casa Daikiri is rated as one of the best budget accommodations in Puerto Escondido. Just a stone’s throw from the famous Zicatela Beach, this vibrant hostel features an outdoor swimming pool, free wifi, shared kitchen, tour desk, sun terrace and well-kept gardens. Choose from either a dorm room, triple room or a double suite each with air conditioning, seating area, patio and pool views.  Perfect place to stay for solo travelers, couples and friends!

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MY CAMERA GEAR

• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii 

• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2

• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black

• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm

• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L

• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m 

• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod

• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome

• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank

• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR MEXICO?

• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case

• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket

• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes

• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag

• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter

• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes

• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel

• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance

• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Bacocho Puerto Escondido, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

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