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Puerto Angel Oaxaca

Puerto Angel Oaxaca: A Sweet Getaway on Mexico’s coast

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Puerto Angel Oaxaca is the perfect beach town for an exotic beach vacation. This quaint little town has everything you want out of a tropical getaway. That being said, this is a no-frills kind of town and basically a fishing village so you will not find high end amenities here.

You can see turtles swimming in their natural habitat at night, play with dolphins on day trips, and enjoy amazing seafood on the beach. Vacation rentals are especially nice because you can lounge around your villa, soaking up some rays until it’s time for cocktails by the ocean. Then maybe take a walk down the boardwalk in the early evening.

What Can I do There?

Once you cross over the bridge into the town , you’ll be in for a treat. The beaches here are wide and sandy, with amazing views of the ocean. At one end of the beach is an estuary where you can see turtles coming in to lay their eggs at night. You can take boat tours out onto the water to do some fishing or dolphin watching, which is pretty darn awesome!

Afterward, you can come back to your villa or hotel and soak up some rays on overlooking the sea. You could also go check out all of the local bars along the boardwalk if that’s more your speed.

You can walk from Playa Principal to Playa Panteon along the seawall which is pretty much the coolest thing to do. In between is a sweet little beach town where you can rent boogie boards, surfboards, and water bicycles.

There are plenty of day trip tours available if you’re looking for something more active than relaxation on your vacation. That being said, you would have to go outside the village for many of the tours. Maybe hit the jungle for a hike or spend the day learning about the ancient culture that has survived throughout history. Then come back to your vacation rental or hotel, take a dip in the pool, and enjoy dinner while watching the sunset over the ocean.

Puerto Angel Oaxaca
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Heading south along Highway 200 will take you past some jungle-covered mountains to Zipolite which is a great place to spend a day or two relaxing on the beach. It’s pretty low-key here with local fishermen bringing in their catch every morning and some pretty nice waves for surfing. But you can also rent a board down there and take it easy if you’re not up to the challenge of big waves.

Taking a break from your everyday life and letting go at one of these lovely beaches is sometimes all you need to relax and recharge your batteries, whether we’re adults or kids.

This little beach town is beautiful year-round, but especially so during yearly events, which are always fun. There are lots of local activities going on here that reflect everything that makes this part of Mexico special.

Puerto Angel has the amenities you need that make it ideal for a long or short vacation, depending on your schedule. There are even some eco-friendly hotels.

For example, if you want something laid back, just head down to Playa Principal and enjoy the sun with your toes in the sand. You can also go swimming or surfing at Playa Panteon if that’s your kind of thing. You can also check out one of Puerto Angel’s many beaches and go kayaking in the bay or scuba diving if you want to explore a bit more or snorkeling in the coral reef. When you come back, why not take a nice dip in the pool?

Where is Puerto Angel Oaxaca located?

Puerto Angel is located in the state of Oaxaca, between Puerto Escondido and Huatulco. The best way to get there is by bus from either city, which is a fairly quick one-hour ride.

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What activities should I do?

This little town has a variety of activities that appeal to all kinds of tourists.

If you’re feeling more active then day trips may be just right for you! Many tour companies offer tours up into the jungle surrounding the area if you’re interested in history and culture! The beaches offer relaxation.

There are plenty of activities available for those who love the outdoors, but if you’d prefer something more laid-back feel free to browse around town and check out all the stores selling local crafts! There’s also a museum dedicated to Mexican folk art nearby that should be at the top of your list. So come on down and have yourself a nice holiday in this beautiful destination!

Whatever it is you’re looking for in a vacation, you’ll be able to find something in this sweet little coastal village!

How long should I stay?

You can stay as long or short term as you want to visit. It’s known as an “eco-tourist” destination since it offers plenty of outdoor activities and environmentally friendly hotels. So you can stay for a few hours or the whole week!

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What are the best hotels?

There are a few great eco-friendly hotels where you can stay at during your visit. There are also some really nice Airbnbs , so whatever you’re looking for will most likely be available!

Check out the hotels in the area below in the map!


How do I get around?

Puerto Angel Oaxaca is very small and easily navigated on foot. You’ll find that everything is within walking distance of one another, but if you prefer public transportation there are plenty of buses leaving all day long from the central plaza or take a taxi where you need to go.

Is It safe?

This little town is known as one of the safer destinations in the state of Oaxaca, which is why many people choose to visit here on their vacations. You can go hiking in the jungle without worrying about your safety.

What should I eat?

If you’re looking for authentic Mexican cuisine during your stay, then your best bet is to check out one of the many family-run restaurants in town. These places have been in business for generations, so you know they must be doing something right! You can’t go wrong with any of these local restaurants’ dishes, especially seafood, since each place prepares it a bit differently depending on the chef’s preferences and the customer’s tastes.

Can I drink the water?

Since there is a significant risk of water contamination, we recommend drinking bottled water instead. You can purify your own by boiling or using special filters that remove contaminants from your tap water.

What kind of weather should I expect?

This little beach town enjoys temperatures that range between 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) during winter and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) during the summer. So you’ll want to bring something light with you, but don’t forget your sunscreen!

Is It an expensive place?

A little bit, yes. It is a touristy resort town although not so touristy as Huatulco and Puerto Escondido. The activities, food and hotels might be considered a bit more expensive to due to the huge number of foreign visitors.

There are bargain hotel properties available but they may be hard to get short notice and you may have to book a long time ahead. They will be difficult to get at short notice or during peak times. It’s widely recommended that you book months in advance if you want to go to Puerto Angel during Christmas, New Years, and Easter break.

Is It Accessible?

Owing to its small size, Puerto Angel Oaxaca is easily navigable on foot. However, visitors who need more mobility can always hire a taxi or book transportation through their hotel.

Is there wifi in Puerto Angel?

Yes! There’s free wifi throughout the whole town, so you won’t have any problems staying connected during your visit to Puerto Angel.

Is It Safe?

Yes it is safe. This part of Mexico has a pretty good reputation for safety . I have more information on safety in Mexico, check out my article Is Mexico Safe?

How do you get there?

The easiest way to get to this little beach town is by car, but there are also a few bus companies that go directly to the town from Huatulco and Puerto Escondido. If you’re going during high season (Christmas – Easter), it’s a good idea to make a bus trip booking as soon as possible due to the busy-ness of the season.

Where are the beaches?

There are amazing beaches on either side of the town, offering something for everyone. The beach on the west is better if you’re looking for surfing or boogie boarding because swells come in from the right side. The east is better for sunbathers with it’s more gentle wave action that breaks left to right across the bay.

And there are plenty of places all around Puerto Angel Oaxaca where you can go kayaking through mangroves or scuba diving if you want to get up close and personal with the ocean.

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In the town centre you will find Playa Principal which is the main beach. It’s a gorgeous white sand beach with big waves that are great for surfing. The beachfront is lined with umbrellas and chairs that are available to rent .

If you’re staying at a vacation rental there are other small beaches around . One of them is called Playa Marinero which is known for its calm waters at the end of the day when all the bigger boats have gone out fishing.

You’ll also find Playita Beach , which has clear blue water and big waves – it’s popular with surfers and is not a great swimming beach but definitely relaxing.

So hope you decide to visit this cute little town. And if I missed anything please let it in the comments below!

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Sandi Cole

November 10, 2021 7:20 pm

Hello Shannon,

Is this accessible from La Vivienda Villa via taxi or bus? Is it a realistic daytrip? What about the bioluminescence tour that was advertised out of Puerto Escondido? Do I need to book ahead?

Thanks in advance


November 11, 2021 1:38 am

Hi Sandi
If you are wanting to go to Puerto Angel it’s about an hour away and you can take a taxi. Puerto Escondido is another town which is 2 hours away. There are various tours so not quite sure which one you are interested in? You can email me directly with the one you are interested in and I can let you know.

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