I hear the rhythmic crashing of waves upon the rocks nearby as the hot Mexican sun beats down on my body. I have a cerveza in hand by noon and I share with my fellow beachgoers just one goal for the day, to do nothing at all. Nothing that is, except for what will make me happy. Puerto Escondido, Mexico is a veritable paradise, an ocean retreat with practically mandated relaxation. The beach is actually pretty busy with activity. There are surfers and stand-up paddleboarders and friends playing catch while children build a sandcastle.
Sitting behind this action on chaises under the palm frond umbrellas are a different breed of vacationer, keen on the beach action only insomuch as they watch it for a few minutes in between beach naps.
There is no right or wrong, you just have to enjoy yourself here in Puerto Escondido. Exhaust yourself with relaxation during the day and then stuff yourself with seafood at night. Everything from fish tacos to shrimp or octopus tacos are the specialty here.
While much of the Mexican beachfront is known to be popular with a particular college spring break crowd (think: Cancun) here in Puerto Escondido there is no such thing as a tourist. When you come to visit, you are instantly sucked into the slow local life. There isn’t even so much as a rack of postcards in any shop or restaurant. You’ve just got to live like a local when you’re here. And that life isn’t so bad.
I decide to try surfing while I’m here, since it’s internationally recognized as a surf haven, drawing crowds from all over. You can tell who they are because they come to the airport armed with their surfboards, sporting tousled hair and board shorts.
Surfing can be pretty tough, so I recommend getting a good instructor to start off, and get some practice on getting up and balancing. I was even able to ride a wave in to shore on my first day! (If I can do that, anyone can!!) In fact, I felt quite accomplished having done so, and highly recommend the sport to anyone that visits!
I paddled back out to my instructor with a big smile after riding my first wave! And at that moment I saw a pro surfer ripping through the waves like a kid in a skate park. He did SO MUCH MORE than just ride the wave, he actually used the wave to show off his tricks and skilled maneuvers. Okay so I’m definitely nowhere close to that good. But I did get up on a wave! And in case I don’t ever get to be as good as that guy, it’s still a whole lot of fun to watch!
And besides, despite the thrill and the action of surfing, most of the time you spend just sitting or laying on your board waiting for a wave to come along! You paddle out from shore and wait for a wave, killing time talking to the other surfers and enjoying the sun, the water, and the gentle movements of the sea. This sport is a perfect fit with Puerto Escondido, chill and relaxed but amazing and beautiful at the same time.
Doesn’t it look amazing? Have you ever been to Puerto Escondido? When you’re at the beach are you more likely to be spotted tanning on the beach or surfing the waves?
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