Mazunte, Mexico is one of those quintessential beach towns that I absolutely love! And I really don’t know the reason why.
A few years ago Mazunte, Oaxaca Mexico was named a “Pueblo Magico”, which means “Magic Village”. The Magical Villages Program was developed by Mexico Tourism to promote the most culturally rich, beautiful or historical towns in the country. The towns that would provide a “magical experience”.
It goes without saying that Mazunte Mexico is a absolutely cute little beach town with gorgeous beaches and a laid back vibe, but that’s not really not at all the main reason I like it so much. It’s mainly the feeling I get every single time I’ve visited this magical place. Sometimes you just get a certain vibe when you go to certain places. The feeling is different for everyone. It’s why someone will rave about a destination and another person won’t like the place .
It’s hard to explain what Mazunte beach feels like to me but if I had to use one word to describe the feeling of Playa Mazunte, it’s freedom.
Total and absolute freedom from the responsibilities that I have daily. At least for a little while.
Relax and Decompress in Mazunte
From the moment you turn off the highway and drive on an unpaved, bumpy road through the jungle towards the coast, Mazunte definitely gives off an rustic aura.
You won’t find any Starbucks in this town or anything even close to it. The vibe is laid back, vegetarian, health-conscious and off the beaten track! It feels like you’re a long way from anywhere and reverting back to a sandals-wearing native is the natural next step. The fact that Mazunte is harder to get to it definitely ups the appeal factor.
But then again, if you’re of the five-star all inclusive variety, you probably won’t love Mazunte. The streets are a bit dusty, the signs are handmade, the restaurants seem to be pretty basic and all the bells and whistles that Canadians and Americans expect just aren’t there. But what is there is magical. Solitude and time to reflect and slow down. Along with stunning natural beauty. Priceless.
Where to stay in Mazunte, Mexico?
You can find a rustic cabana on the beach or a bit more upscale one. But it’s still a cabana on the beach. There aren’t any high rise hotels here and forget about room service. Wi-fi is available but no one can guarantee the speed. Most businesses don’t take credit cards directly. It’s pretty much cash only.
But the plus side is, you can topple out from your cabana in your thongs and plop yourself into a hammock right next to the roaring surf with a fresh-squeezed orange juice. Or if cabanas aren’t your style you can find some rustic rooms on the beach or a very modest hotel. Open the door of your room and hear the tremendous power of the surf every morning.
A Few Upscale Mazunte Hotels
There are a few upscale options for accommodation in Mazunte though. Just rest assured that this beach town is not a real tourist area so be prepared for things to be “au naturel”. Below are a couple of highly recommended upscale accommodations with a few more creature comforts.
Zoa Hotel – this is a very upscale hotel with its own vegetable orchard and yoga practise. You’ll definitely have a lot of creature comforts at this hotel. It’s built on a hill with its own terraces and balconies and views of the ocean. If you want to splurge this is the place to do it. It makes a great couples escape as well.
Casa Pan de Miel – Casa Pan de Miel is very popular because of its luxury suites. The house is a boutique style on the cliff. The views are of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean and beaches. This is an Adults Only resort but if you want Airconditioning, TV and kitchen amenities this place may be for you. Highly recommended but book well in advance as it gets booked fast.
More Accommodation and Beach Cabanas
For anyone wanting to check out Mazunte and stay in more of a mid-range or rustic accommodation, the following places will suit you just fine. They will have basic amenities and more of a rustic vibe but you’ll definitely be able to afford these places if you’re on a budget.
Posada Nautica Guesthouse – a more modest guesthouse with a terrace and Wi-Fi. Very clean, comfortable and with its own private bathroom. With rates starting at 50 US per night it’s a pretty economical option.
And if you still want to stay at a cabana on the beach? Well the best option which even has its own pizza oven on the beach is Cabañas Punta Placer. These cabanas are just metres from the surf and have a little terrace with wooden furniture and their own private shower. But there is only a fan and no air conditioning which could be an issue if you’re sensitive to the heat.
What to do in Mazunte, Mexico?
If you’re looking for a place with lots of action and activities, Mazunte may not be the place for you. If you’re looking for nightlife or place to party it DEFINITELY is not for you.
The town is very small, and even if you do want to go out at night there are few street lamps so when it’s dark, it’s really dark. Restaurants have an opening time but generally they open on their own schedule so Mazunte is a perfect place to relax.
That being said, there are a few things you should do in Mazunte to get the vibe of the town:
Check out the Turtles
There is a large turtle conservation centre in the middle of Mazunte. Turtle hunting used to be big business in this area but about 30 years ago the government banned this practise. Today the area is involved in eco-tourism and preserving the sea turtles. I was blown away by exactly how many different varieties and species of turtles there were. This place is definitely worth visiting.
Visit Punta Cometa
There is a large rock outcropping on a point in Mazunte that is the best place to watch the sunset and the sunrise. It is a little bit of a hike up the hill so if you have mobility issues it might not be the best choice. But if you are moderately in shape it’s definitely a place to trek up to see the spectacular sunset or sunrise. And you won’t be the only one doing it.
If you don’t feel like hiking up the hill, go for dinner instead. Head out to El Copal Mazunte which is a popular restaurant and hotel. The views from this place are spectactular and right over Mermejita Beach. It is a bit out of town and up a hill but if you walk towards Mermejita beach take the road to the left before the beach. If lost, the friendly residents of Mazunte will point you in the right direction.
How to Get to Mazunte, Zipolite and San Agustinillo
The most economical way to get between the towns of Mazunte, Zipolite and San Augustinillo (which all have stunning beaches, by the way!) is by trucks (pasajeros). These are trucks with seats in the back with a cover over the top. The pasajeros run along the main road between the beaches. Just flag the driver down, jump on the back and head over to the next town. Pay the driver when you get off (around $15 pesos a ride or $1 US).
If pasajeros are not your idea of transportation you can always take a taxi. Just make sure to negotiate the fare before you get into the cab.
So there you have it! Mazunte really is the ultimate beach town. What do you think? Leave your comments below.