Puerto Angelito is one of my favorite beaches in Puerto Escondido and definitely not to be missed during your visit! Featuring a small idyllic cove filled with a few fishing boats, a dozen beach bars and calm waters making it the perfect location for a day of beach bumming, swimming and snorkeling!
I have put together this complete guide of Playa Puerto Angelito including how to get there and what to expect!
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WHERE IS PUERTO ANGELITO & HOW TO GET THERE
Playa Angelito is located in the heart of Puerto Escondido and it’s easily accessible by a tar sealed road that leads right down to the jump-off point at the edge of the cliffs.
If you have your own car or scooter rental, it’s a 10-minute drive or a 1-hour walk to Puerto Angelito from the main tourist area of Zicatela.
The entrance to Playa Angelito Puerto Escondido is situated at the end of the parking lot which is where you will find a dirt trail leading down the hill, emerging on the golden sands of Puerto Angelito Beach.
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Golden sands at Puerto Angelito
Aerial shot of Playa Angelito Puerto Escondido
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PUERTO ANGELITO
There is not one but two epic beaches that lie in the same crescent-shaped bay at this location. One is, of course, Playa Angelito and the other is Playa Manzanillo. Depending on what you feel like doing, each end of the bay offers something different for everyone.
Playa Puerto Angelito is good for grabbing a bite to eat and drink from one of the beachfront restaurants, exploring the rocky headland on the northern end, swimming in the calm waters in the bay or joining in on a boat tour along the coastline of Puerto Escondido.
There are a number of boat operators offering tours up and down the coastline and to other nearby beaches for around 150 MXN per person and also banana boat rides for 80 MXN per person. So if you’re up for a fun-fuelled adventure, this is the perfect opportunity to get your fix!
Snorkeling and free-diving are also popular activities to do at Puerto Angelito boasting beautiful corals, an abundance of marine life, warm waters and great visibility underneath the surface.
Exploring the rocky headland at Puerto Angelito
Boats in the bay at Playa Puerto Angelito
From Puerto Angelito, walk to the southern end of the bay and around the rocky outcrops to reach Playa Manzanillo. Featuring another secluded cove lined with swaying coconut palms and a few beach shacks serving up ice cold beers, local cuisine and boasts the ultimate laid-back beach vibes!
There are fewer boats in the cove at Playa Manzanillo and it’s more ideal to go swimming here as opposed to Playa Angelito. There are no waves, the water is calm and perfect for going for a dip to cool off!
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The pathway to Playa Manzanillo
Taking a dip at Manzanillo Beach
Aerial shot of Playa Manzanillo
Vibrant beach bars at Puerto Angelito
BEST TIME TO VISIT PUERTO ANGELITO
Playa Puerto Angelito can be visited at any time of the day, though around lunchtime is at its peak with crowds of people filling the cove and the beach bars. It can be quite hard to find an empty beach umbrella in the shade at this time of day.
My recommendation would be to get down to Puerto Angelito between 8:00 am and 9:00 am to score a good spot along the beachfront and enjoy it before the crowds hit. Also, late afternoon around 4:00 pm is a nice time to visit Playa Puerto Angelito 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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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 Puerto Angelito, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.