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"Vacation rentals in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico"

 

Payments
Getting To Your Rental
General Travel
Money
Safety
Weather and Surf Conditions
Food and Water
Staying Connected
Rental Cleaning
Beaches
Things to Do
Public Transportation

 

Payments

How do I reserve a rental?
Email us with your required dates and we will give you options and prices. In most cases AC is additional and not included in the rental price. Once you decide on a rental we will reserve it and send you a Rental Confirmation with the rental details. We ask for a 50% deposit within 24 hours and the balance is payable upon arrival in cash – USD or pesos. Most rental owners are using Banamex for the exchange rate. We accept payment via PayPal, Xoom, Western Union, or a bank to bank money transfer.
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What if I have to cancel?
Our cancellation policy is we will return 70% of your deposit if we can re-rent the dates that you canceled. Remember, we are not a hotel where we can easily re-rent last minute spaces. Most of our reservations are done well in advance via the Internet. We don't do a lot of walk-in rentals.
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Getting To Your Rental

How do I get to the property?
We will send you specific check in instructions and map for your rental a couple weeks prior to your arrival. Most rentals have a lock box or coded door entry. We will include the codes as part of your check in instructions. You will taxi to the property with the address that is given the Rental Confirmation. Our contact information is provided on the Rental Confirmation and check in instructions should you need assistance getting into the rental.
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General Travel

How do I get to Puerto Escondido?
If you are flying, Puerto Escondido has an international airport (PXM). Flights from Mexico City take about 45 minutes and 35 minutes from Oaxaca City. You can also fly into Huatulco (HUX) and then bus or taxi to Puerto Escondido. It is about a 1.5 hour taxi ride or 2 hour bus ride from the Huatulco airport to Puerto Escondido. The bus passes by the Huatulco airport on Highway 200 and it is a 5 minute walk from the baggage area to the highway. Taxi Transport from Huatulco airport? Viajes Dimar is a good option for a ride from Huatulco Airport to Puerto Escondido. They are bilingual and professional. They also handle tours all around our area. viajesdimar@hotmail.com. By Bus there are several comfortable bus lines that connect Puerto Escondido to Mexico City and Oaxaca City with a range of schedules and prices. By car visitors can drive from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido along 175 via Pochutla or along 131 via Sola de Vega. From Acapulco you can follow the coast on Highway 200. Traveling from Acapulco or Oaxaca City takes 6 to 7 hours and the drive from Oaxaca City to here is very mountainous.
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Do I need to know Spanish?
It is very helpful if you know a little bit of Spanish. You will find the locals patient and happy when you attempt to speak Spanish.
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What kind of medical facilities are there?
All hospitals and clinics will treat foreign visitors. Most often you have to pay in cash for treatment. We have ambulance service via the Red Cross know here as Cruz Roja (954-582-0550). Clinica Angel del Mar accepts credit cards and is a popular clinic for foreigners. It is located in the center of Puerto Escondido on 6a Norte and 1a Oriente (954-104-2270). For more detailed treatment people often fly to Oaxaca City or another larger city.
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Do I need a voltage adapter?
We run on 110 volts. If you are coming from the U.S. or Canada you will not need a voltage adapter. Our rentals do not include hair dryers.
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Money

Do I need pesos?
Around town it is best to have pesos for payment. A handful of the larger restaurants and stores will take USD. Ripped bills are not accepted in any currency so make sure your bills are in good condition.
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Are credit cards accepted?
A handful of places do accept credit cards. It is best to have cash in pesos available.
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Are there ATMs?
Yes, there are a number of ATM machines around town. Most are in the central area of town. You get a good exchange rate via the ATM machine. It is good to have a back up option in case your card is lost or the machine “eats” it.
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What is the local sales tax?
The local sales tax is 16% and here it is called iva. Tips are generally 10% to 15% for restaurants.
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What is the local exchange rate?
The exchange rate changes rapidly. This is a good source for our local rate Banamex. Tipo de Cambio is what they call the exchange rate here. A money exchange place known here as Casa de Cambio will give you a lesser exchange rate than the Banamex rate.
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Safety

We recommend general safety rules. When traveling home later at night, take a taxi. Don't walk on the beaches after dark. Don't flash money, jewelry, expensive phones, cameras, computers, etc. Don't bring valuables to the beach. Bring on old bag and old shoes to the beach if you want to swim without worrying about having things stolen or have someone watch your belongings. Keep your doors and gates locked. Don't bring home others, keep your rental as your sanctuary. Don't leave things outside on terraces at night like surfboards, nice sandals, board shorts... It is easy to get laid back in our relaxing paradise but keep your brain from relaxing too much!
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Weather and Surf Conditions

When is the best time for surfing?
Low Season which is May through October is the bigger surf but you can surf year round here.
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What is the weather like?
The temperature here stays pretty consistent, fluctuating from 85 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainy season is from mid June to mid November but we can have rain as early as May. In the High Season which is November through April we get hardly any rain. In the rainy season we have intermittent rain and the majority of the rain is at night, early morning, or late afternoon. There is lots of sunshine even in the rainy season. August and September can be the more rainy months where we can get a few days in a row of rain. April and May are generally the hottest months.
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What is the water temperature?
Most of the year the water is comfortable (around 80 degrees Fahrenheit). In the months of November through March with the off shore winds in the early morning it can be chilly so shorty wetsuits or wetsuit tops are sometimes used.
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Can I rent a surfboard?
There are a number of surf shops that rent boards of all shapes and sizes. Playa Zicatela has the best selection. Playa La Punta and Playa Carrizalillo have boards for rent also. At Playa Carrizalillo and Playa La Punta you can usually find a stand up paddle board for rent.
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Food and Water?

Can you drink the tap water?
We drink purified bottled water here. It is available at all the stores and also from water trucks that drive around town. The water trucks sell 5 gallon bottles called "garrafones" and it is very reasonably priced at about $1 U.S. You turn in your empty garrafon and they will give you a full one.
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Can I cook with the tap water?
You can cook with the tap water if you are boiling it for at least 10 minutes.
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Is the ice purified?
Bags of purified ice are sold in many stores. The restaurants use purified ice.
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Do I need to purify fruits and vegetables?
They sell little bottles of Microdyn or Biopur which is used for purifying vegetables or fruit that you don't peal. They sell it at many of the stores and also at the pharmacy. Put a few drops in a bowl of water and let the fruit or vegetables soak in it for about 20 minutes and ready! You can also use bleach in the same way (1 tablespoon to a gallon of water) and soak 20 minutes then rinse well with bottled water.
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How about grocery shopping?
We have Super Che and Bodega Aurrera which are one stop shopping type stores. They have it all including a good selection of wines, beer, liquor, paper goods, lunch meats, bakery items, etc. Fruits and vegetables are normally best purchased at the open market (mercado) as they are delivered fresh daily. The larger stores get fresh fruits and vegetables a couple times a week (Wednesday and Saturday). There are lots of small neighborhood stores near all of our rentals where you can get basic grocery items.
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Where can I buy fresh fish?
You can buy fresh fish in the morning from the fishing boats at Playa Principal. You can also buy it at the market along with shrimp, crab, and other seafood.
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Restaurants?
We have a vast array of restaurants offering Oaxacan cuisine and international cuisine as well. There are restaurants located near all our rental properties. All the main beach areas have restaurants.
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Staying Connected

Is there a phone at each property?
No phones are provided at our rentals. You can buy a cell phone here for about $30 U.S. You can use it for national and international calls. You must show your passport when buying a phone. There are lots of Telcel stores in the central area of town.
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Is there Internet at each property?
Internet depends on the property owner. There are a variety of systems being used. Internet is included as available and not guaranteed.
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Rental Cleaning

Is cleaning provided?
Maid service is provided at most of the rentals. It varies from 1 to 6 days a week. Additional maid service can usually be arranged if needed.
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Do we need to clean for our departure?
A cleaning service will come in for detailed cleaning but we ask you to leave the premises as clean as possible, trash thrown away, etc. Please turn off lights, fans, and lock doors and windows when your are leaving. Sometimes the cleaning service does not come in right away.
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Beaches

Playa Bacocho
A beautiful and typically quiet beach located in Bacocho's residential and hotel area. There is a long stretch of sand for beach walking. There are two beach clubs that are nice for day visits if you don't have a pool at your rental. Not a swimming beach due to its currents.
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Playa Carrizalillo
Accessed by about 170 stone steps down a cliff but well worth the walk. It is in the form of a bay with some rocky areas around the sides that are good for snorkeling when the ocean is clear. It is the nicest swimming beach in town. It can have surf on the right swell with typically beginner to intermediate surf. If you don't want to challenge the stairs you can take a lancha (boat taxi) from Playa Principal to Playa Carrizalillo.
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Playa Puerto Angelito and Playa Manzanillo
Adjacent to each other and separated only by a rocky outcropping. There is a walkway along the shoreline that connects them together for easy access from either side. Both beaches invite swimmers and snorkelers as it is a natural swimming pool with typically quiet waves. Early mornings are great for a morning swim. In the afternoon the beaches fill in with local families, fishing boats, vendors, music, beach parties, etc.
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Playa Principal
In the heart of town is a busy scene of fisherman, fishing boats, local families, seafood restaurants, and vendors. You can visit the adoquin pedestrian zone while visiting this area which is great for souvenir shopping and for beach accessories like life jackets, tubes, rafts, umbrellas, towels, sun lotion, etc.
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Playa Marinero
Ideal for sunbathing and body surfing. The waves are more gentle than Playa Zicatela without the fishing boats of Playa Principal.
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Playa Zicatela
Amazing and famous for its surfing activities. It is known as Mexpipe, the Mexico version of Pipeline in Hawaii. Take caution when swimming. Sunbathing and beach walks are great. Morning surf sessions are great fun to watch even if you are not a surfer.
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Playa La Punta
Is the rocky outcropping that juts out into the ocean at the far eastern end of Playa Zicatela. It is safer for swimming than Zicatela but can have high waves also depending on the time of year. It is about a 20 to 25 minute walk from Playa Zicatela to Playa La Punta. It is a popular place to enjoy the sunset while watching the surfers and fisherman and families enjoy the beach.
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All our beaches have shade palapas for cover from the hot afternoon sun. They all have restaurants for cold drinks and fresh seafood. They all now have lifeguards. All the beaches have a slightly different flavor and are picturesque so it's fun to visit them all.
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Things to Do

What else is there to do besides surf and go to the beach?
Exploring the area you will find beautiful lagoons, hot springs, waterfalls, places to swim in the river, a turtle museum, turtle release programs, horseback riding on the beach and to the river, kayaking, hiking, bike riding, zip lining stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, whale and turtle watching, bird watching, coffee plantations, tours of traditional towns, and even a walking tour of Puerto Escondido.
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Is there any night life?
Puerto Escondido is a small town and not known for its nightlife. But, you will find quite a few bars and music on Playa Zicatela and in the area of the adoquin that runs along Playa Principal. Other than these areas the sidewalks roll up pretty early.
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Shopping options?
Avenida Oaxaca, The Market, Playa Principal, and Playa Zicatela, are the best options for shopping. We are not known for our shopping but we do have some.
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Public Transportation

Do I need a car?
We have good public transportation. A private taxi is about $2 to $3 U.S. ($20 to $30 pesos) to go most places in town except to the airport. Airport runs are a bit more. Buses and colectivos run circuits back and forth to the market all day long. They charge about .50 cents (5 pesos) to get on and then get off anywhere along the route. Colectivos can be 4 door cars or a truck with a canopy on the back both of which would say mercado on the window.
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Can I rent a car?
Car rentals are a little expensive here. You can find more competitive prices on the Internet by renting a car in Huatulco. Here in Puerto Escondido we have Dimar Travel Agency viajesdimar@hotmail.com or Los Tres Reyes Car Rental that both handle car rentals.
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Can I rent a bike or scooter?
You can find bikes and scooters for rent on Playa Zicatela.
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