Puerto Escondido is another fishing village along the Oaxacan coast, but this is one that has started to spring to life. Still small by anyone's standards, with a population of around 30,000, Puerto Escondido has managed to retain much of it's original small town charm. The town which has seen much growth in recent years is actually divided by the main coastal highway so many tourists will not even notice much of the growth. Playa Principal, the main beach, remains much the same as it has been for years. This beach is lined with fishing boats, palm trees and beachside restaurants and gets very crowed on weekends as families from the outlying areas come to the beach to relax and swim.
Much of the growth of Puerto Escondido is a result of of the incredible surf break that attracts surfers from all over the world. The "Mexican Pipeline", at Playa Zicatela, is what draws the surfers, especially during the summer months.