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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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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

ZIPOLITE – AN OASIS OF CALM ON THE COAST Posted on January 18, 2016Author admin

ZIPOLITE – AN OASIS OF CALM ON THE COAST

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DEC 26, 2015 – Just before Christmas, I took a van from Oaxaca to Zipolite, a beach resort on the Pacific Coast and still within the state of Oaxaca. Zipolite is a very relaxed place, with a long beach full of budget accommodations, simple bars, restaurants and only a handful of fancier hotels. Most of the people staying there were either hippies of any age, or young backpackers, with a particular concentration of French speakers. There seems to be a solid community of expats, particularly Europeans, who live in Zipolite year-round. Even though I was there in the high season, the place didn’t feel crowded – no mazes of beach chairs and umbrellas, hardly any families with kids, just people relaxing under the palm leaf shades and occasionally taking a bath or going surfing. Compared to the rest of Mexico, even the rules are relaxed – Marijuana consumption is widespread and tolerated, and clothing is optional on the beach.
I spent the first night in a bungalow that I had booked online for an exorbitant price, fearing it might be the only place available. Then I camped on the beach for four more nights and paid about $3 per night to use toilets, showers and WiFi. One of the highlights of my stay was a dolphin watching and snorkeling tour on three nearby beaches. After Christmas, I stayed an extra day because I didn’t manage to buy a bus ticket online, and the night bus was always sold out in advance. In the end I just took a day bus to Tehuantepec instead of traveling directly to Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
Slacklining on the beach
Slacklining on the beach
Local kid trying out the slackline
Local kid trying out the slackline
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The red flag means "danger" - or sometimes rather "sorry, there is no lifeguard today"
The red flag means “danger” – or sometimes rather “sorry, there is no lifeguard today”
Many varieties of Mezcal for sale on the local market
Many varieties of Mezcal for sale on the local market
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Where is Waldo?
Where is Waldo?
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Christmas party on the beach
Christmas party on the beach
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One of the fancier places, with expansion underway
One of the fancier places, with expansion underway
Tents in the shadows (mine is on the right)
Tents in the shadows (mine is on the right)
The local Anonymous Alcoholics
The local Anonymous Alcoholics

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