Playa Coral is one of the most untouched beaches in Puerto Escondido and not to be missed on your beach hopping adventures in Oaxaca! Featuring a secluded bay with calm waters, sugary soft sands and lush green surrounds. I think it is safe to say that Playa Coral Puerto Escondido is a slice of paradise!
I have put together this guide of Playa Coral including how to get there, the best time to visit and what to expect!
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WHERE IS PLAYA CORAL & HOW TO GET THERE
Playa Coral is located 4kms west of Puerto Escondido town center and it’s easily accessible by a tar sealed road to the jump-off point located at the top of the cliffs.
If you have your own car or scooter rental, it’s a 10-minute drive or a 1-hour walk to Playa Coral Puerto Escondido from the main tourist area of Zicatela.
To reach Playa Coral 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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Aerial perspective of Playa Coral
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PLAYA CORAL PUERTO ESCONDIDO
Playa Coral features a tucked-away little cove 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 an ideal spot to go swimming, snorkeling and beach bumming on the edge of the shoreline.
Playa Coral is known as the nude beach in Puerto Escondido, so just bear this in mind when taking photos. If you do feel like getting your kit out then this is the perfect spot to do it!
Do note that there are currently no beach bars or restaurants at Playa Coral unlike most other beaches in Puerto Escondido so it’s best to pre-pack lunch and some drinks if you plan to spend a bit of time down on the beach.
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Sugary soft sands at Playa Coral
Playa Coral and Playa Bacocho
Uncrowded shoreline at Playa Coral
OTHER THINGS TO DO AT PLAYA CORAL
If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, you can find a sandy path at the northern end of Playa Coral that leads around the headland to Playa Bacocho, another one of Puerto Escondido’s best beaches!
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 Bacocho.
It’s definitely worth taking the short walk from Playa Coral to Playa Bacocho and exploring the long stretch of coastline over here and popping into one of the beach clubs for a cocktail or two.
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Beach club at Playa Bacocho
BEST TIME TO VISIT PLAYA CORAL
Playa Coral can be visited at any time of the day, though my recommendation would be to get down to Playa Coral between 9:00 am and 10:00 am. This is perfect timing for when the sun has risen up over the headland lighting up the entire bay, otherwise, it will be in the shade if you visit too early.
Also, late afternoon around 4:00 pm is a nice time to visit Playa Coral as it won’t be so hot under the midday sun.
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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.
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!
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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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Playa Coral Puerto Escondido, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.