The spectacular 1.5km stretch of pale sand called Zipolite, beginning about 2.5km west of Puerto Ángel, moves at a slow pace, withering in the midday heat. This coast's original budget beach-bum magnet, it attracts a bohemian international array of sun lovers, latter-day hippies and other hedonists to its wonderfully elemental surroundings of crashing surf, pounding sun, rocky headlands and tall palapa-roofed buildings. There are still plenty of reassuringly rustic budget lodgings and an unmistakable hippie vibe, but a number of more comfortable accommodations and classier restaurants at the west end of the beach now cater to a midrange clientele who also love the Zipolite ambience. There’s a certain magic here, and you may postpone departure more than once.
Zipolite has an exaggerated fame as a nudist beach. Total nudity nowadays only happens in a couple of coves at the western end of the beach and in the small bay called Playa del Amor at the east end, which is a favorite spot for gay men.
The eastern end of Zipolite (nearest Puerto Ángel) is called Colonia Playa del Amor, the middle part is Centro, and the western end, where most of the traveler scene is, is Colonia Roca Blanca, where you'll find what amounts to the main street, Av Roca Blanca (also called El Adoquín), a block back from the beach.