How to Spend 2 Days in Puerto Escondido
Famous for its world-class surf break, Puerto Escondido appeals to both expert surfers and travelers looking to relax on white-sand beaches. Two days in the port city give you time for more than just the beach—you can embrace culture, wildlife, jungle, and surf. Here’s how.
Day 1: Surf and Turf Adventures
**Morning:**Kickstart your time in PE at the beach. If you’re an expert surfer, head to Playa Zicatela for world-famous waves and pro surfers. Aspiring surfers can book a lesson at a beginner-friendly surf break such as Playa Cardisarillo. Tours typically include board rental and transport.
**Afternoon:**Take a break from the waves on an afternoon horseback ride to the Manialtepec thermal pools. Excursions tend to combine horseback riding through the jungle with relaxation time, and give you the opportunity to sample food at stalls around the thermal pools. Round-trip transfers are typically included.
**Night:**As darkness falls, it’s time for Puerto Escondido’s famous natural light show. The waters surrounding the town are home to bioluminescent plankton that can be viewed from the deck of a boat. Better yet, book a cruise that lets you snorkel in the sparkling waters.
Day 2: Sealife and Nightlife
**Morning:**Get up early for a dolphin-watching cruise off the coast of Puerto Escondido. Cruises typically grant you the chance to spot up to five different dolphin species, and offer a new perspective of Puerto Esondido’s beaches and coves.
**Afternoon:**Experience local culture on El Adoquinado, a historic street lined with restaurants and vendors. From there, embark on an excursion to a nearby sea turtle conservation camp. Late-afternoon tours usually include the chance to help newborn turtles make their way to the sea for the first time.
**Evening:**Spend your last evening in Puerto Escondido in Playa Zicatela. Get dinner at a beachfront seafood restaurant while watching surfers carving in the sunset. Then, wrap up the night at a bar or nightclubs.