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By: Zdenko Kahlina
Puerto Angel Mexico – Defines the Beauty of Oaxaca!
While spending our vacation in the village of Santa Cruz, Huatulco, one day we decided to drive all the way to Puerto Angel, which was 52 km away, or just around 1 hour of driving.
Arial view of Puerto Angel
Puerto Angel is located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the state of Oaxaca. It is accessible via coastal highway 200 from Acapulco Gerrero and Puerto Escondido to the north-west and Huatulco to the south-east. From Pochutla it is only 7 km down the twisty road, towards the ocean. Puerto Angel is one of the more preferred destinations for tourists from all over the world. The rustic fishing village is located on the pacific coast of Oaxaca. They don’t have big hotels, only small B&B places…
Geographical location of the village between charming bay of Bahias de Huatulco and Puerto Escondido offers array of attractions and adventure. The sandy beaches and rocky mountains will welcome you with an amazing natural view.
Village centre is very simple
Almost every house is small B&B
In the past the village was an important shipping port for the coffee growers of the area, and its small protected bay provides safe harbor today for many. The town has a population of only about 12,000 inhabitants, and the pace of life is slow and peaceful. The town is tranquil yet provides ample of opportunities to feel the silent excitement while traveling through sandy roads. Romantic travelers find peaceful setting and much awaited privacy in the area. You can plan a day trip and explore the ruins in beautiful environment before enjoying the spectacular sun while sitting on the sandy beach. Shoreline gets darker with the overlapping of waves and you will find moonlight transforming the blue waters into incredible crystalline liquid.
Fresh fish is awaiting buyers
There are several beaches in Puerto Angel. Play Del Panteon, Playa Zipolite and Playa La Tijer are some of them.
Playa Principal is located in the town beach. In the mornings one can watch the fishermen bringing in their catch. Fishing is excellent in the area, and fishermen regularly bring in tuna, red snapper and sailfish as well as lobster and octopus.
Playa Panteon, is located at the west end of the beach on a paved walkway curves along the rock cliffs, It is named for the cemetery located nearby, the beach is suitable for swimming but playa panteon is perhaps a little more sheltered and offers better snorkeling around the rocks. However, Playa del Panteon is the beach known for its wonderful marine life. Big waves and strong currents are boon for fishing boats.
On the beach – Playa Panteon
Playa Zipolite is located 4 miles to the west over a narrow secondary (gravel) road. Playa Zipolite is a long beach with perfect waves. Zipolite became popular as a nude beach in the 70′s when its mile long solitary beach was visited only by adventurous campers. But now it is a much larger community with a series of restaurants and cafes along the sand, elegant tropical residences and even telephone and Internet service. The beach is on an open ocean and care should be taken in the strong surf and undertow. It is still frequented by backpackers and campers.
Puerto Angel, has different kinds of hotels, one of them is Villa La Luna, located at the top of a hill in Puerto Angel. It is the nicest accommodation in the area. Villa La Luna is a combination of mexican style and French commodities. The hotel offer you private bath and terrace for each room, sweeping ocean views, pool, Jacuzzi, air conditioned, sky TV and even a garage.
The small beachfront restaurants all serve delicious, fresh seafood prepare just as you like it. Remember this is a fishing village, so fresh fish comes in each morning. Dia del Pescador (Fisherman’s Day) is an important celebration in Puerto Angel and it’s celebrated on August 5th. Festivities include music, a foot race, swimming, fishing and boating competitions and land sports tournaments. Awards are given at the end of the day to the winners of the various competitive activities.
We stopped in the town centre for a few minutes only. One look around and we continued for another kilometer or so until we reached Playa Panteon. Again we were immediately surrounded by these vendor guys who are trying to get us under their umbrellas, but we ignored them. Once on the beach we walked to the end and back, before we settled in front of the Cordelia’s hotel.
Nightmare for tourists – These guys surrounded us even before we reached the beach and all of them were polling in different direction
Water was very warm, and the waves were small. There were number of fishing boats on the beach and only a few gringo tourists. We met a couple from Vancouver Island, Shirley and Jim, with whom we had a beer, and exchanged our Mexico’s experiences. Like us, they came only for a day, from Puerto Escondido, to check this place with the idea of spending their next vacation here.
Cordelia’s hotel on Playa Panteon
You can become lethargic and lie on the white sand else can kill the hunger for thrilling adventure with surfing and snorkeling. There are underwater caves, where you can dive and explore the enigmatic marine life. The colorful aquatic ambience will create a sense of nostalgia whenever you think of aquatic adventure. Do you want to get a closer look of crocodiles? Yes! You should visit the lagoon of Ventanilla where crocodiles are available in abundance. Other worth visiting places in the area are: the Los Reys waterfall and the tropical spring-fed El Paraiso. We didn’t go to any of these places… not enough time for all!
Chilling out on the beach
Since we didn’t do any of this stuff, we choose to stay on the beach and enjoy the sun. As the waves were getting closer and closer to our chairs throughout the day, due to the tide, I was watching local fisherman getting (parking) their boats on the beach. They would come with full speed, slide on the sand and I wondered if they will manage to stop before hitting chair and tables where we were sitting. But they did (manage to stop)…
Cordelia’s hotel on Playa Panteon
If looking for a place to stay, you’ll have to decide whether you want to be in the main part of town or on Playa Panteón. The latter accommodations have the advantage of being right on the beach, but they are often more expensive and have more of a family atmosphere; the former are farther from the surf but more laid-back; several also have beautiful views of the bay.
Puerto Ángel (pop. 12,000) is several times larger than Mazunte or Zipolite. Its center is bustling by comparison, with a steady stream of taxis and small trucks rumbling down the main drag. Beyond the Calle Principal, though, the old lackadaisical Oaxacan coast returns, with Mexican families lounging at Playa Panteón and backpackers swinging on hammocks on the hills overlooking the bay.
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