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.



Monday, August 1, 2016

Sayulita vs. Zipolite? Thorn Tree forumCountry forumsMexico

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Hello all. We're considering taking a family (couple with two teen girls) trip to Sayulita in April. I've never been there. However, I love love love Zipolite. Have been 7 or 8 times in last 12 years, only once with children. Basically I just enjoy sitting on the beach and doing nothing but watching the surf and people pass by. I find the locals to be super friendly. I like that there is close to zero traffic passing through the teeny town. I like that there is relatively low gringo travelers/residents and little english spoken. My spartan, but clean, beachfront room with balcony is less than 20 bucks a night!
So why change it up? Well, #1- coming from Seattle, the flights to PV will be much cheaper and direct vs. three legs to Oaxaca (it's a longgg day of travel). The girls are probably a little less enthused by Zipolite culture and nude beach. And, we'd be looking to go a step above "spartan" for accommodations, more like a 2 or 3 bedroom house.
Please tell me why you love Sayulita, or not. Especially if you can compare both places. We took the kids to Yelapa a few years ago. While we did have a great trip, I wasn't so impressed despite it's rave reviews by some. Beach was kinda lame. Also, any recommendations on 2-3 bd homes that you found of good value would be greatly welcomed. Thanks.
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IMHO Sayulita should be renamed Puerto Vallarta Lite... The town has outgrown its infrastructure with all the overbuilding and sewage treatment plant that has seen better days. Last year there were many posts on different message boards about folks getting sick during most of last winter, do a search on Trip Advisor Sayulita Board...
Also you are never going to find $20 a night places there, prepare yourself for sticker shock....suerte
Here is an example of the posts, of course people that have an economic stake in Sayulita will always try to protect their investments in town:
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Consider Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. Manageable size city, nice beaches, wide variety of accommodation, and good food. Also has an international airport.
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"I like that there is relatively low gringo travelers/residents and little english spoken." -- that will not be the case in Sayulita. I really didn't like the place, it was just too full of tourists for my liking. YMMV..
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Sayulita is not a whole lot bigger than Yelapa and was past its prime 25 years ago when it got on the dreadlock surfer map.
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Puerto Vallarta Lite. Like that analogy bigge.

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