We’d originally planned to spend longer in Puerto Escondido on the Oaxacan coast, but as accommodation was more expensive than expected we moved on to Oaxaca City, the capital of the state. The colonial city is located at 1550 metres in the foothills of the Sierra Madre and is known for its beautiful architecture, local cuisine, indigenous culture, and vibrant arts scene.
Puerto Escondido, on the Oaxacan coast, is the third Mexican beach town we’ve lived in. We loved Playa del Carmen and San Pancho and were tempted to return, but we decided to explore a new part of the coast. Puerto Escondido is a relaxed, medium sized beach town known for its excellent surfing. It has grown in size over the years and is popular with expats and surfers, but has managed to avoid huge development and all inclusive resorts.
We’ve been in Oaxaca, Mexico for over a month but we’ve been so focused on work that we haven’t seen much of the city. Before we leave we decided to spend a day exploring and as we’re working with Trover again this month we used the app to plan our day.
In five years of full time travel we’ve never seen dolphins or whales—somehow we always miss the right time of year or just get unlucky. It’s been on our bucket list for a long time and we hoped that our luck would change in Puerto Escondido, a beach town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, where we’re living for a month. It’s whale season, but despite reports of others seeing whales and swimming with dozens of dolphins, we went out on a boat trip with low expectations—our past experience had taught us that much.
For such a small town San Pancho has a surprising number of excellent restaurants, many of which are vegetarian friendly, ranging from simple taco stands to gourmet bistros. The range of veggie street food isn’t as diverse as in big cities like Mexico City and is usually limited to cheese quesadillas, so to avoid boredom vegetarians need to spend a bit more on some of the other restaurants in town, or cook for themselves.