🇲🇽 Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist centre in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Prior to the 1930s, there was no town. The bay had been used as a port intermittently to ship coffee, but there was no permanent settlement due to the lack of potable water. The name "Puerto Escondido" had roots in the legend of a woman who escaped her captors and hid here. The Nahuatl word for this area was Zicatela, meaning “place of large thorns". Today, it refers to the area's most famous beach.
Puerto Escondido is one of the most important tourist attractions on the Oaxacan coast. It caters to a more downscale and eclectic clientele than neighboring Huatulco, mostly surfers, backpackers and Mexican families. The main attractions are the beaches: Zicatela Beach hosts major surfing competitions, while other beaches have gentle waves. A large lagoon area to the west of the town is popular for fishing and birdwatching.
Puerto Escondido was ranked #17 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Puerto Escondido has a population of over 45,000 people. Puerto Escondido also forms part of the wider Juquila District which has a population of over 134,365 people. Puerto Escondido is situated 82 km south-east of Villa de Tututepec de Melchor Ocampo.