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A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.

ivan

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Playa Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca moon.com Playa Zipolite is a simply stunning beach with a thriving community. You'll find good swimming, great surfing, & plenty of visitors sunbathing in the ...

Playa Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca
Playa Zipolite is a simply stunning beach with a thriving community. You'll find good swimming, great surfing, & plenty of visitors sunbathing in the ...


Playa Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca

Playa Zipolite (see-poh-LEE-tay), a wide, mile-long strand of brilliant golden sand enfolded by headlands and backed by palm groves, is simply stunning. It stretches from the intimate little cove and beach of Playa del Amor, tucked on its east side, to towering cactus-festooned sea cliffs rising behind the new-age Shambala retreat on the west end.
Playa Zipolite, a wide, mile-long strand of brilliant golden sand enfolded by headlands and backed by palm groves, is simply stunning.Although often good for wading and for casual swimming (with care), Playa Zipolite’s surf, usually tranquil in the mornings (but always with significant undertow), can turn thunderous by the afternoon, especially when offshore storms magnify both the swells and the undertow. Experienced surfers love these times, when everyone but experts should stay out.
Sunrise at Playa Zipolite on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state.
Playa Zipolite at sunrise. Photo © Konstantin Kalishko/123rf.
Playa Zipolite has evolved from a lineup of stick and thatch beachfront cabañas to mostly concrete hotels, most with oceanfront palapa restaurants. Many of these hotels share a new, paved, two-block streetfront known locally as the adoquín (ah-doh-KEEN), along with a procession of homegrown restaurants and small businesses, from grocery and pharmacy to surf shop, laundry, and Internet stores. All of this, in a neighborhood known as Colonia Roca Blanca, is now Playa Zipolite’s town center. Get there, heading west from Puerto Ángel, by turning left, past Piñ Palmera, the children’s school.
Good surfing notwithstanding, Playa Zipolite’s renown stems from its status as one of the very few nude beaches in Mexico. Bathing au naturel, practiced nearly entirely by visitors and a few local young men, is tolerated only grudgingly by local people, many of whose livelihoods depend on the nudists. If you’re discreet and take off your clothes at the more isolated west end (behind the big rock), no one will appear to mind (and women will largely avoid voyeuristic attention from Mexican boys and men).
Travel map of Oaxaca's Pacific Resorts and Southern Sierra
Pacific Resorts and Southern Sierra

Excerpted from the Seventh Edition of Moon Oaxaca.

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