OUR RATING POSITIVES NEGATIVES

5/5

  • Everything.
  • We don't own it.
  • No Wi-fi (even though you could at times get it from nearby Guadua restaurant)
  • Mosquitoes in the evening.
YEAR REVIEWED
2011
 

Inquiries:

You can visit their site at Zicatela Beach House or check out Hotels.com for great deals on other accommodations in the Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico area.

Summary:

Wow, it's hard for us to write a review about a place that we'd like to keep to ourselves in a town called Puerto Escondido which in English means hidden port and for good reason. As much as we'd like for Puerto Escondido to remain hidden from North American travelers, our professional duty requires that we write about all places we stayed at, good or bad, as we experienced them. So with that said, if you are the kind of person that does NOT like clean, quiet, big, beautiful airy apartments with 360 degree views of the surroundings, a short walk to the beach, free drinking water, friendly owners, your own private palapa, a view of the sunset over the ocean, beautiful local decor, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, in an area that should remain a secret, than this place is not for you. Otherwise, don't book a ticket out of this Puerto because you might just want to live here for months at a time.

Location:

Located a little more than half-way from Playa Principal towards La Punta on Zicatela beach, this amazing place is literally a minute walk from the surfer's beach Playa Zicatela. If you know where Guadua restaurant is than this place is about a minute or two away. In jogging terms, it takes about 10-15 minutes to jog to the center of Playa Principal and about 6 minutes to jog to La Punta. After crossing La Punta, an additional 30-minute jog got me to a beautiful lagoon where I watch some amazing birdlife in peace. The active individual can walk virtually everywhere from this place, including the relatively small town of Puerto Escondido and surrounding beaches. For the less active, it's less than a 10-minute ride by taxi, collectivo or bus from town. A collective or bus to/from town cost us 4 pesos, while a taxi cost us between 25-30 pesos. All options are a really good and economical way to travel in this area.

We made this our home base and even ventured as far as the the nude beach of Zipolite by public transport on a day trip. It took us about 2 hours to get from Zicatela Beach House to Zipolite, including waiting for public transport and cost us only 45 pesos per person. First, we took a bus to Pochutla (about 1 hour) and then a shared taxi to Zipolite (about 30 minutes). If you are unsure about how to do this, ask the friendly locals in the area. It's really easy.

After exploring the Puerto Escondido area over several days, we agree that the location of Zicatela Beach House is ideal, and in fact preferred it to the other choices for the following reasons:

  • La Punta is too rocky and too far from town.
  • Playa Marinero has too many boats and we assume the water is a bit more polluted and less ideal for swimming. We're not scientists so we can't actually back this claim.
  • Playa Principal is a good second option, but the beach itself is generally too busy. Also, the lifeguards won't let you play in the water most of the time due to the strong waves.
  • Playa Carrizalillo is too small and isolated.
  • Playa Manzanillo is overcrowded and too small to spread out.

Overall, the location of this place was ideal for us because it was close enough to La Punta where you can learn to surf, close enough to the busier area and nightlife of Playa Principal with a quick cab ride or a longer walk, but the best part was that we had most of the beach in this area to ourselves. The waves are aggressive in this area, or any other at this Playa or Zipolite, which made them more fun.

Room Comfort:

We stayed in the penthouse of this 3-floor house which was big, beautiful, open, airy, with a bedroom that contained a huge bed with a clean mosquito net--we'll talk about the importance of this later--, living room with a sofa looking out to the patio, large kitchen, spacious bathroom, lot's of shelving and storage space to unpack comfortably, patio, private palapa with hammocks and so on. The kitchen has full sized appliances and everything we needed to make our fruit/avocado/protein smoothies and scrambled eggs. Rather than going on and on about how amazing this place was and how the custom built house was beautifully  furnished, we'll just provide more pictures than we would usually provide so that you can see for yourself.

The only negative was that there were mosquitoes in the evenings so the mosquito net over the large bed was VERY useful.

Cleanliness:

No complaints from us. The place was clean.

Service:

Much to our surprise, the owners have maid service for their self-catering apartments at least 2-3 per week. They also provided clean towels, toilet paper, jugs of drinking water and so on. On arrival, they set up a welcome basket with a variety of fruits and vegetables from the local area. Hey, they even let us use their washer!

Food:

This is a self-catering place. There are good local and foreign places to grab all kinds of food in and out of town if you are allergic to cooking like us. The closest place, Guadua, has some good meals, but they are a bit overpriced for the area. The best place to grab large, good and cheap burritos is (oddly enough) from a Yoga place on the east end of Playa Principal called Jugueria “El Tropical”. A huge and delicious chicken burrito will only cost you 30 pesos at this place.

Other Notes:

Again, we can't say enough good things about the Canadian/Mexican owners. They are nice, friendly and honest. Lovely people. If you need house-sitters, CALL US! We love your place.

Photos:

Patio for penthouse at Zicatela Beach House   Patio for penthouse at Zicatela Beach House

Private palapa for penthouse at Zicatela Beach House   View from penthouse at Zicatela Beach House

View from penthouse at Zicatela Beach House   View from penthouse at Zicatela Beach House

View from penthouse at Zicatela Beach House   Patio for penthouse at Zicatela Beach House

Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House   Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House

Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House   Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House

Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House   Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House

Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House   Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House

Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House   Bathroom at Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House

Bathroom at Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House Bathroom at Penthouse at Zicatela Beach House Zicatela Beach House


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