The Best Mexican Beach Town You’ve Never Heard Of

Hotel Escondido is located just outside of Puerto Escondido, a little-known beach town in Mexico. It just so happens that the hotel sits right on one of the most pristine beaches you’re ever likely to see, but most folks have never heard of it.

The hotel is a real gem in the midst of this little-traveled region of the Yucatan Peninsula. It offers an open-air dining area that’s surrounded by water–the Pacific Ocean on one side and an infinity pool on the other. The hotel is a perfect example of the kind of laid-back luxury that many travelers seek when visiting Mexico and the Caribbean. The villas at Hotel Escondido all have their own plunge pools and private pathway that leads directly to the beach. The rooms themselves offer all of the comforts and amenities that you’d expect in a high-end luxury resort. You’ll find soft and stylish robes hanging in the closets, organic toiletries in the bathrooms, and a common area where guests can peruse art books and hang out.

The town of Puerto Escondido reflects the same laid-back lifestyle that the hotel does. It’s a haven not only for travelers looking for an upscale experience but also to surfers looking for a piece of the renowned Mexican Pipeline. If you stop for a spell and people-watch while in town, you may see a barefoot surfer walk by one minute and cowboy on horseback the next. It’s a great place for shopping, too. You can find gorgeous pottery and tapestries at the Benito Juarez market. If you’re a foodie, the Espadin restaurant at the Villas Carrizalillo has a menu full of local specialties that you won’t forget anytime soon.

You can use Puerto Escondido as a home base if you want to explore some other notable areas around the Yucatan Peninsula, too. The “Costa Chica,” as this stretch of Mexican coastline is called, is a great place to explore if your interests include unique folk art and excellent cuisine. Most importantly, though, you can take a short drive up or down the coast and find all new stretches of beach to explore.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an art lover, a foodie or a surfer, Puerto Escondido and the Hotel Escondido are secret gems along Mexico’s Pacific Coast.