Oaxaca Travel Diary
After we got back from Italy, Al and I started researching this trip to Oaxaca.
Instead of getting each other Christmas gifts, we decided we'd rather spend money on an experience together.
We started out our trip on the Oaxacan Coast. There are so many sweet beach towns to explore. Our AirBNB // home base was in Zipolite - a quaint self-proclaimed "hippy" town in between Huatulco (where the coastal airport is) and Puerto Escondido (the most popular town for tourists).
We ended up exploring the majority of the beach towns including a day trip to Puerto Escondido, and we ultimately still felt so drawn to Zipolite for what we were looking for in our coastal vacation- aka-relaxation.
Here's a list of some of our favorite to do's on the coast:
Wander the town + coastline of Zipolite — there's loads of yoga, juice places and funky restaurants right on the sand.
Take a day trip to San Augustinillo + Mazunte — two towns just north of Zipolite about 15 minutes
San Augustinillo has some beautiful architecture + cute shops
- Mazunte is like the perfect in between of Zipolite + Pureto Escondido — it was our second favorite town to visit
Take a tour through the lagoon to see crocs + iguanas
Find the bar on the tip of the beach strand that has chess you can play right on the sand and have a chelada.
Hike up to Punta Cometa and then climb down (carefully) to the small pool with a rock beach to swim with tiny rainbow colored fish and a whole mess of crabs
- Take a day trip to Puerto Escondido or plan to stay overnight at lease one night
Puerto Escondido is huge for surfing, so it's a super popular place to visit on the coast. However, we totally found that the smaller towns had a lot more charm + less going on in a good way
Don't get me wrong, Puerto is beautiful and there's so much to see. We rented a scooter to get the most our of our day trip there. But honestly, it felt more like Cabo or Cancun to us when it came to how touristy it felt
Our favorite beach//area in Puerto was Brisas De Zicatela — it was totally charming + mellow in comparison to some of the other areas we checked out that day
Word to the wise ‚ Zipolite's beaches are largely nude, so if you choose to stay there, get ready to see lotsa that.
Taxis are easy to come by — we'd recommend taking a Collectivo (shared taxi) when you can to save some $$
Bring cash to the coast // come $ prepared — almost every place we went to eat was cash only. Same with taxis, small corner stores, etc.
We spent 4 days total on the coast before we headed back to Oaxaca City and it was the perfect way to ease into vacation + relax.
To get back to Oaxaca City, we took a tiny 12 person plane via Aerotucan. It was a 30 minute flight, vs. an 8 hour car or bus ride. Everyone we'd talked to + every Trip Advisor Forum we found mentioned that this was the only way to go, and I'd say it was worth every penny.
It basically felt like we were in a family van taking off into the sky, but I held Al's hand and got through it (hahaha). The flight was beautiful.
I don't even know where to begin on the city!! There was so much to see and do and eat —PRAISE the oaxacan city for it's amazing food.
I dunno about how you tend to travel, but Al and I are kinda a combo of planning ahead + going with the flow. So our first day somewhere, we typically just wander around and get our bearings; take photos and feel inspired. As soon as we dropped our luggage to our AirBNB, we got our cameras and got to walking.
Oaxaca is a very walkable city — the only times we took taxis were to explore villages outside of town. It's romantic and historic and European and Indigenous feeling all at once. There's so much culture there it's almost overwhelming.
Here's a list of our favorite restaurants // to-dos.
FOOD + DRINK::
El Destilado — This is one of the only good places on our whole trip that we ate at twice. Can't say enough good things about it — ask for our new friend Carlos and tell him we sent ya ;)
Los Dazantes — Easily one of our best meals in Oaxaca, and the architecture was crazy beautiful
Boulenc — Unreal breakfast + coffee + pastries + everything good
La Popular — This is the other place we ate at twice — easy lunch, sweet service and 'rull good tacos
Manolo Nieves — Ice cream deliciousness with all the traditional flavors + others with that Oaxacan flair
Take a trip our to Teotilan Village to check our their local market + visit weaving families
If your trip occurs over a Sunday, definitely make it our to the Tlacolula Market. It only happens on Sundays and it's such an incredible way to experience full immersion into Oaxacan culture. We did loads of shopping there and cooked our own meat + tacos for lunch at the Carniceria.
Take a peek at the inside of all the gorgeous churches — there's soooo many
Sign up for a tour with our new friend Antonio + his wife — they are incredible guides and took us our on our favorite day of the whole trip
Our Oaxacan vacation was one of my favorite trips I've ever taken.
If Oaxaca wasn't on your travel to-do list already, I'd certainly think about adding it :)