Embarking on a five-day adventure from Mexico City to the coastal paradise of Puerto Escondido promised sun, beach, and relaxation (naive parents, hah). Here’s how we made the most of our trip:

Day 1: Arrival and Exploration

ChatGPT offered the following text: “After a smooth plane ride, we landed in Puerto Escondido and were greeted by the warm ocean breeze”. It didn’t know we have flown in the evening and needed to transport two sleeping kids and numerous (hand) luggage pieces from the plane to the taxi and then to the third floor of the hotel without an elevator.

Opting for a certified taxi from the airport (350 pesos to Santa Maria), we headed to our hotel, taking in the sights along the way. Pro tip: catching a taxi outside the airport can save you a few pesos, especially if you’re on a tight budget.

Day 2: Market Discoveries

Our second day was all about exploring the town and the local market Mercado de Zicatela. While the tourist prices were a bit steep, we found a gem of a store where you could buy everything by weight, perfect for stocking up on essentials without breaking the bank. Despite the seafood market being closed, we managed to find fresh shrimp and fish to cook and enjoy back at our hotel: our room was equipped with a kitchen. Actually, this is one of my favorite things during traveling: buy local products and cook them yourself.

Day 3: Diving Adventure

Ready for some underwater exploration, we set out for a diving trip with Arturo and Alex from Deep Blue Dive. The experience was nothing short of amazing, with attentive guides and stunning underwater scenery. The price for a fun dive was reasonable, making it a must-do activity in Puerto Escondido: 1250 pesos for a fun dive, 2000 pesos for two fun dives. In fact, we dived in turns: the non-diving person was taking care of the kids at the nearby restaurant with a pool “Ines”.

For me, embarking on this three hours getaway from kids and spending  time only with adult people on the boat and in the water was one of the highlights of our Mexican holidays.

Day 4: Beach Bliss

With the waves a bit too high for our liking, we opted for a relaxing day at Playa Manzanillo. Other options could have been Playa Angelito and Playa Carizalillo. Renting a sunbed in the shade was a bit pricey, but worth it for the comfort and convenience if you stay for the Whole day. It was notbour case with two kids. We were happy having a huge sun umbrella with us and finding lots of shade underneath it.

You can rent snorkeling equipment directly at the beach. Doing that is worth it as colorful fish are to be seen already a couple of meters into the water.

After a few hours of soaking up the sun, we headed back to our hotel for some poolside relaxation.

Day 5: Culinary Delights and Departure

Before bidding farewell to Puerto Escondido, we made sure to indulge in a delicious breakfast at El Cafecito, a local favorite. Despite the wait, the food was well worth it, with reasonable prices and quick service.

Another nice and family-friendly place is Dan’s Kitchen.

On the last evening, after Mia was asleep, I decided to go for a short walk with Tim in the carrier. I walked at the beach and witnesses baby-turtles set free by a friendly crowd.

After a relaxing (15 minutes long, as I had a sleeping baby on me) massage and some last-minute souvenir shopping, it was time to head back to Mexico City, our hearts full of memories from our unforgettable trip to Puerto Escondido. I even thought to myself couple of times: “wow, it feels like a real vacation”.

From diving adventures to lazy days on the beach, Puerto Escondido truly stole our hearts with its beauty and charm. Until next time, adios Puerto Escondido!

Disclaimer: the text was generated with help of ChatGPT. The photos are used without filters and are a copyright of the author.

By | 2024-05-31T13:34:26+01:00 May 29th, 2024|

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