Playa Coral is one of the most untouched beaches in Puerto Escondido and not to be missed on your beach hopping adventures in Oaxaca! Featuring a secluded bay with calm waters, sugary soft sands and lush green surrounds. I think it is safe to say that Playa Coral Puerto Escondido is a slice of paradise!
I have put together this complete guide including how to get there, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS PLAYA CORAL?
Playa Coral is located 4kms west of Puerto Escondido town center and it’s easily accessible by a tar-sealed road to the jump-off point located at the top of the cliffs.
HOW TO GET HERE
If you have your own car or scooter rental, it’s a 10-minute drive or a 1-hour walk to Playa Coral Puerto Escondido from the main tourist area of Zicatela.
To reach this beach from the other main tourist area of Carrizalillo, it’s a short 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from here.
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Aerial perspective of the beach
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT PLAYA CORAL PUERTO ESCONDIDO
Playa Coral features a tucked-away little cove surrounded by lush greenery and what seems to be an abandoned hotel.
There are fewer waves breaking in the cove which makes it an ideal spot to go swimming, snorkeling, and beach bumming on the edge of the shoreline.
Coral Beach is known as the nude beach in Puerto Escondido, so just bear this in mind when taking photos. If you do feel like getting your kit out then this is the perfect spot to do it!
Do note that there are currently no beach bars or restaurants at Playa Coral unlike most other beaches in Puerto Escondido so it’s best to pre-pack lunch and some drinks if you plan to spend a bit of time down on the beach.
Sugary soft sands
An aerial perspective
OTHER THINGS TO DO AT PLAYA CORAL
If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, you can find a sandy path at the northern end of the beach that leads around the headland to Playa Bacocho, another one of Puerto Escondido’s best beaches!
You’ll have to scramble around some large boulders but it’s easy enough to do so and it takes no more than 5-minutes to reach the shores of Playa Bacocho.
It’s definitely worth taking the short walk to Playa Bacocho and exploring the long stretch of coastline over here and popping into one of the beach clubs for a cocktail or two.
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Beach club at Playa Bacocho
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Playa Coral can be visited at any time of the day, though my recommendation would be to get down to the beach between 9:00 am and 10:00 am.
This is perfect timing for when the sun has risen up over the headland lighting up the entire bay, otherwise, it will be in the shade if you visit too early.
Also, late afternoon around 4:00 pm is a nice time to visit as it won’t be so hot under the midday sun and it’s a great spot to watch the sunset.
WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO ESCONDIDO
Puerto Escondido has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Puerto Escondido to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See the list of Puerto Escondido accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Posada Real Puerto Escondido
One of the best luxury resorts in Puerto Escondido! Located right on the beachfront with a private beach club, 2 restaurants, 3 bars, 2 outdoor pools, tennis court, mini-golf, games room, and water sports facilities. The rooms are air-conditioned with ocean and garden views, large comfortable beds, spacious living, cable tv, coffee maker, and private bathroom. Perfect for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Casa Losodeli
I personally stayed at Casa Losodeli and can’t recommend this place enough! From the moment you step in the door, you will feel like family. Centrally located and within walking distance to the beaches, bars, restaurants, and cafes. Featuring an outdoor pool, co-working space, free wifi, cafe, communal area, shared kitchen, bar, beautiful gardens, and free bicycle rental. Choose from a dorm room, private room, or fully equipped apartment with a kitchen and flat-screen tv. Perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends, and families!
Budget: Casa Daikiri
Casa Daikiri is rated as one of the best budget accommodations in Puerto Escondido. Just a stone’s throw from the famous Zicatela Beach, this vibrant hostel features an outdoor swimming pool, free wifi, shared kitchen, tour desk, sun terrace, and well-kept gardens. Choose from either a dorm room, triple room, or a double suite each with air conditioning, seating area, patio, and pool views. Perfect place to stay for solo travelers, couples, and friends!
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AIRBNB PUERTO ESCONDIDO
Another option for accommodation in Puerto Escondido is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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BEST TIME TO VISIT PUERTO ESCONDIDO
Puerto Escondido has only 2 seasons, the wet season and the dry season.
The wet season in Puerto Escondido is typically between the months of June and October and the dry season is between November and May.
Puerto Escondido can be visited year-round as the average temperature during the day is 27°C and it rarely goes below 20°C at night.
The high season in Puerto Escondido is during the summer months of June to August which sees a large number of tourists and prices are usually inflated during this time.
My recommendation is to visit Puerto Escondido during the winter months between November and March when there are fewer tourists, prices for food and accommodation are lower and it’s sunny every day!
GETTING AROUND PUERTO ESCONDIDO
The easiest, cheapest, and best way to get around Puerto Escondido is on foot. Depending on which part of town you end up staying, all of the beaches, bars, restaurants, and shops are within 1-hours walking distance.
If your legs are painted on, it’s possible to rent a bicycle or a motorized scooter for the day and make your way around to all of the tourist spots in Puerto Escondido at your own pace. Bicycle rentals are around 50 MXN per hour and scooter rental is around 400 MXN per day, both options can typically be booked through your accommodation.
Taxis are another option for getting around Puerto Escondido which costs as little as 30-40 MXN for a 10-minute drive from one end of town to the other.
And last but not least are the Collectivos (shared taxi vans) which zip around town on a daily basis from dawn to dusk for as little as 7 pesos.
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