Between Oaxaca’s larger centres are little towns where it’s as if time stopped 50 years ago: there are no chain hotels, no chain restaurants and no huge resort-style buildings, just authentic and pure Mexico. Locals mix with foreigners in an easy way where everything is ok. Hippies, gay, straight, couples, singles, older, younger, nudists – everyone is welcomed. It’s a place to do nothing in a hurry.
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Recommendations from Jarrod
- Fancy dinners can be had in El Alquimista Hotel or in the restaurant La Providencia. However, we tried a lot of the small family-run restaurants at the beach. Our favourite was Sal y Pimienta, where we had the best tacos and cold beer.
- La Pasion – It’s one of the places that opens the earliest (good for me as I’m a morning person). Amazing coffee and green smoothies, plus tasty breakfasts.
- Check out the turtle sanctuary in Mazunte.
- There’s great surfing all along the coast. It’s a surfer’s dream…not so much for swimming though.
- Go to Punta Mita at sunrise or sunset for a special treat, though it’s just as fantastic watching it from the beach.