17 Best Puerto Escondido Hostels for Travelers in 2024

the lively la punta neighborhood has some of the best Puerto Escondido hostels in Oaxaca


You’re in the right place because the 17 best Puerto Escondido hostels are all featured here. How do I know they’re the best? I’ve lived in Mexico since 2018, and visit Puerto Escondido several times per year.

I have personally stayed at a number of the best hostels in Puerto Escondido, and I vetted all the ones listed in this article to make sure they’re highly-rated and well-reviewed — so all you have to do is book your hostel, and enjoy!

Don’t have time to read the whole article? I recommend One Love Puerto Escondido Hostel for its tropical vibes, great location and near-perfect rating (9.3 out of 10 Stars).

If that one’s not for you, there are 15 other well-rated accommodations listed below — so no matter your preferences, you’re sure to find a hostel you love on this list.

Ready to read about the top hostels and best places to stay in Puerto Escondido Oaxaca Mexico? Let’s dive in!

Top 3 Picks: Best Puerto Escondido Hostels


entrance to One Love Hostal, one of the best Puerto Escondido hostels in Oaxaca Mexico

One Love Hostal Puerto Escondido
✔️ Near Zicatela Beach
✔️ Swimming pool
✔️ Private bungalows & shared dorms


pool area at Villa Bonobo Puerto Escondido hostel

Villa Bonobo Puerto Escondido
✔️ All rooms have AC & private bathroom
✔️ Free breakfast
✔️ Near La Punta Beach


pool area at Che Puerto Escondido hostel

Che Puerto Escondido
✔️ Poolside bar
✔️ Theme parties

17 Best Puerto Escondido Hostels

1. One Love Hostal: Best Puerto Escondido Hostel

pool and garden area in One Love Hostal Puerto Escondido
Aside from the beautiful garden and cozy rooms, don’t miss out on the La Punta Mexico surf beach within walking distance when you book One Love Hostal Puerto Escondido. (Photo: Booking)

⭐️ Rating: 9.3 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: La Punta Zicatela | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

One Love is a great surf hostel Puerto Escondido option. It’s just steps away from one of the best surfing beaches in town, Playa Zicatela Beach.

Playa Zicatela is steps away from this hostel, making it perfect for advanced surfers to catch the large waves offshore. 🏄‍♀️ In case you didn’t know, Zicatela is home to the famous Mexican Pipeline wave.

Everything was great, this place is a little oasis in La Punta. The bungalow is super clean and with a great chill out balcony with hammock, and view on the jungle garden. The place is really close to the lively streets of La Punta, but nicely located far away from the noise. I will definitely stay there again...

-Emmanuelle (read more reviews)

Visitors love the vibrant atmosphere in this colorful hostel which offers a variety of amenities, like free WiFi, an on-site bar, and yoga classes for a complete getaway. Rooms options include balconies, mosquito nets and extra-long beds. 

One of the best hostels La Punta Puerto Escondido has, One Love Hostel Mexico Puerto Escondido is an adult-only accommodation. It is a good option for travelers looking to escape more touristy hotels.

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2. Villa Bonobo: Best Luxury Hostel in Puerto Escondido

pool area of Villa Bonobo - Puerto Escondido Hostels
Book Villa Bonobo is the best luxury hostel in Puerto Escondido. (Photo: Hostelworld, hostel puerto escondido mexico)

⭐️ Rating: 9.5 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Centro (Downtown) | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

Ready for a mix of luxury and party? Look no further than Villa Bonobo Hostel Puerto Escondido.

Each room has cold AC and private bathrooms, but you won’t want to miss the rooftop bar at Villa Bonobo either. Here, you’ll enjoy ice cold beer, mezcal cocktails, incredible ocean views, free breakfast and rooftop BBQs once a week.

We loved this place so much that we cancelled another booking elsewhere to stay longer! The staff were absolutely wonderful.

-james (read more reviews)

It’s located close to the beaches of Puerto Escondido, with a slight walk uphill to return. However, you may not even want to leave with an outdoor swimming pool and bar on site. 

Spacious rooms at Villa Bonobo come with air conditioning, shared kitchens, and private bathrooms. Plus, the friendly staff and guests make it a great option for solo travelers.  

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3. Che Puerto Escondido Hostel & Bar: Best Party Hostel in Puerto Escondido

pool area of Che Puerto Escondido hostel
Not only the best party hostel Puerto Escondido has, Che Hostel Puerto Escondido is also one of the best hostels in Puerto Escondido with a pool bar. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 9.3 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Zicatela | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

At Che Puerto Escondido Hostel, you know you’re in good hands because Che Hostels & Suites are part of a chain in Mexico, with locations in the Yucatan Peninsula (including Tulum and Isla Holbox) and Oaxaca.

With clean, spacious rooms, a gorgeous pool bar and lounge area, friendly staff and near-perfect ratings, Puerto Escondido budget travelers can’t go wrong with Che Hostel.

I really enjoyed my stay here at Che Puerto Escondido. The dorm rooms are comfortable, and their AC works well and keeps the room cool. Great proximity to La Punta and the near by shops and restaurants.

-Ethan (read more reviews)

There are shared rooms, private rooms, and capsule rooms for those who don’t plan on being in their room much. The on-site restaurant offer cheap meals with options that change daily, and vegetarian meals always available.

Located on lively La Punta Beach, one of the best Puerto Escondido neighborhoods for nightlife, this hostel also has its own events going on. Don’t miss their fun Che Nights with karaoke, beer pong tournaments, theme parties and more.

🎉 Note: If Che Escondido is booked during your travel dates, opt for La Escondida Puerto Dreams Hostel instead. La Escondia Hostel is one of the best hostels in La Punta Puerto Escondido for partiers.

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4. Casa Losodeli & Coworking: Best Puerto Escondido Hostel for Digital Nomads

pool area of Casa Losodeli & Coworking
If you’re a digital nomad looking for a co-working space with a great Wi-Fi connection, booking Casa Losodeli & Coworking is a good choice. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 9 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: La Punta | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

You can’t go wrong with Puerto Escondido hostels like Casa Losodeli & Coworking. It is located less than a mile (1 km) from Playa Carrizalillo Beach, and four other local favorite beaches, like Playa Coral.

The coworking space makes it one of the more unique options on Hostelworld Puerto Escondido. The free Wi-Fi is great for getting work done at the cafe or outdoor area before hitting the beach.

Casa Losideli is a wonderful place — very nicely structured to meet people yet be able to co-work efficiently. The place is really beautiful with its plants and pool.

-carol (read more reviews)

During the day, you can soak in the outdoor swimming pool or take fitness classes outside. There’s also plenty of food options to choose from nearby, or you can make you own food in the communal kitchen.

You can choose from dorm rooms, studios and private apartments. Casa Losodeli also offers a female-only dorm option with a private entrance. 

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5. Selina Puerto Escondido Hostel

pool area of Selina Puerto Escondido
Selina Hostel Puerto Escondido is one of the best Puerto Escondido hostels with a pool. (Photo: Hostelworld, Best hostels Puerto Escondido Mexico)

⭐️ Rating: 7.7 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Zicatela | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

Reset with morning yoga and an acai bowl at the Selina Hostel Puerto Escondido. With an incredibly central location, Selina Puerto Escondido will provide you with everything you need and more for your vacation. 

Whether you want to surf at Zicatela Beach, sip a cocktail from the bar poolside, or take advantage of the coworking spaces, there is no shortage of options at the Selina hostel. 

INCREDIBLE property, we were blown away by the perfect sea views everywhere you look and hearing the waves crash morning to evening.

-lucy (read more reviews)

There’s even a trendy restaurant onsite serving up healthy dishes. Room options vary from dorms, private rooms, and even a tent for a unique experience. 

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6. Casa Punta: Best Puerto Escondido Surf Hostel

lounge area of Casa Punta
Book Casa Punta to get easier access to the surfing beach nearby. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 9.1 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Zicatela | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

If you’re looking for the perfect surf hostels in Puerto Escondido Mexico, you can’t go wrong with Casa Punta Hostel. It is located right next to Playa Zicatela, the best place to surf in town.

Located in the lively town of Zicatela, Casa Punta Hostel has a bright and energetic atmosphere where you can hang out, work, and hit the beach all day.

Casa Punta is my happy place and it’s already the second time I came here. There is always a special, very social atmosphere.

-frederick (read more reviews)

It’s easy to socialize throughout the common areas, but quiet hours start at 11 pm, so it doesn’t turn into a party hostel. 

Surfers will love the Casa la Punta rooms hostel Puerto Escondido. Playa Zicatela is known as the premier beach for surfing, with some of the largest waves in Puerto Escondido. Advanced and professional surfers flock here for the surf. 

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7. Tower Bridge Hostel: Best Puerto Escondido Hosel for Solo Travelers

pool area of Tower Bridge Hostel, with volleyball net in the pool and swings on the side
When you book your stay at Tower Bridge Hostels Puerto Escondido, you get to enjoy the amenities of a resort including this fun pool area. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 8.6 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Playa Bacocho | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

For beach bums and solo travelers, Tower Bridge Hostel Puerto Econdido Mexico is the perfect fit. This hostel is located a bit farther from town, but close to calmer beaches if you’re not interested in surfing big waves.

Catching a taxi to town is easy if you want to explore. It’s also less than a mile (1 km) from the Puerto Escondido International Airport, making it a convenient place if you don’t have a rental car

Welcoming hostel and staff. The location allows you to see a different side of Puerto than La Punta, with a swimmers beach close by.

-robert (read more reviews)

They host daily events making it great for solo travelers to connect. If you don’t have a plan for when you arrive, the Tower Bridge Hostel team will help you plan the perfect tours and adventures.

There’s food available on-site, and some rooms come with a kitchen if you prefer to make your own meals.

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8. Vivo Escondido Hostel

pool area of Vivo Escondido Hostel
Booking Vivo Escondido Hostel is a decision you won’t regret, as its location and amenities have received many positive reviews from guests. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 8.8 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Playa Bacocho | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

The air-conditioned villas in Vivo Escondido combine comfort and style and are just a short walk from some great swimming and surfing beaches.

Playa Bacocho is one of the largest stretches of beaches in Puerto Escondido for swimming and relaxing.

Amazing hostel. Had the best vibes out of everywhere I stayed in Mexico. Kitchen and bathrooms always clean. 

-ellie (read more reviews)

This hostel has great amenities for guests. Your stay includes homemade breakfast, a swimming pool and lounge area, and a breezy rooftop terrace. There’s plenty of space to chill or have fun here.

When you want to leave, catching a cab to Zicatela or La Punta is easy. The staff will welcome you with open arms when you check into Vivo Escondido Hostal Puerta Escondida.

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9. Hostal Akumal La Punta: Best Cheap Hostel in Puerto Escondido

exterior view of Hostal Akulam La Paunta, with plants hanging on the wall
If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy the sunset with your friends on the rooftop, book Hostal Akumal La Punta. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 9 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: La Punta | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

If you’re looking for the best hostel Puerto Escondido offers, you can’t beat Hostal Akumal, which is just a two-minute walk to La Punta.

La Punta is one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Escondido and a great option for surfers wanting to level up their skills. And if you’re still learning, Hostal Akumal will organize surfing lessons for you. 

 I loved my stay at Akumal! Ryan and the rest of the staff were all amazing and I felt so welcome. 

-leisa (read more reviews)

You can enjoy great music and rooftop sunsets while you make friends in the shared spaces they offer. 

The rooms have fans for keeping cool and private bathrooms with showers. This La Punta Zicatela Puerto Escondido hostel is also located next to the town’s taxi route to make catching taxis for day trips and tours easy. 

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10. Pipeline Surf Hostel Puerto Escondido

lounge area of Pipeline Hostel
Book Pipeline Hostel and get an amazing view of the sunset from the main lounging area. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 4.95 out of 5 Stars | 📍 Location: Zicatela | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

Pipeline Hostel Puerto Escondido is a great place to stay in Puerto Escondido for an affordable and short vacation.

It’s located in an ideal spot, right on the beach. Being steps away from Playa Zicatela attracts advanced surfers from all over. 

I stayed at the Pipeline Hostel for a whole week. It was a great experience. I got to know a lot of new interesting people. The hostel is also right on the beach.

-toni (read more reviews)

You’ll enjoy stunning views of the sunset over the ocean from the rooftop. The atmosphere at Pipeline Hotel is laid back and relaxing, providing everything you need for an easy stay. 

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11. Casona Puerto Dreams: Best Hostel Near the Airport

exterior of Casona Puerto Dreams
Where to stay in Puerto Escondido Mexico? Book Casona Puerto Dreams if you’re looking for a hostel with a beautiful garden and terrace. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 9 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Centro | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

Casona Puerto Escondido Dreams Hostel is an adults-only option, and one of the best hostels in Oaxaca Mexico. They have single rooms and eight dorm rooms with regular and bunk beds, all with access to a shared kitchen.

I booked for a week and stayed two months. The owners are wonderful people… the house is clean, comfortable beds… [it is] a quiet place that I would not call hostel, but home. Thank you for everything family! See you soon 🫶

-mary (read more reviews)

Casona Puerto Dreams gives off a jungle vibes, with greenery surrounding the terraces and garden. There are common areas with WiFi to hang out and work or meet fellow travelers.

It’s within walking distance of Puerto Escondido Airport and a supermarket, plus nearby restaurants and beaches. Free bikes are also available for you to use to explore more of the area too.

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12. Madre Tierra Puerto Escondido Hostel

drone shot of Madre Tierra Puerto Escondido front view
If you want a view of the beautiful beach, booking Madre Tierra Hostel Puerto Escondido is the best way to go. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 8.8 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Centro (Downtown) | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

Madre Tierra is one of the Puerto Escondido Mexico hostels that’s a little off the beaten path. It’s not far from the touristy area in Playa Zicatela Beach, but if you prefer a quieter area, this hostel is the perfect choice.

Amazing location and building. Stop shopping around for your hotel in Escondido, this is the place you need. A/C is super strong, rooms are dark and quiet, and everything is clean. You are in the middle of everything making it super easy to reach the area you want to be at.

-Gabriel (read more reviews)

Madre Tierra Puerto Escondido Hostel is still conveniently located near Manzanillo and Carrizalillo, as well as plenty of shops.

They offer dorm rooms and private rooms with shared kitchens and a beautiful rooftop. Some rooms have a balcony attached, where you enjoy the homey feel while sipping coffee on a sunny morning.

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13. Bonita Escondida Hostel

exterior view with the pool area of Bonita Escondida
If you’re looking to meet new friends and socialize with other guests, I recommend booking a stay at Bonita Escondida. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 8.6 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Playa Bacocho | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

When it comes to the best hostel in Oaxaca, it doesn’t get any better than the Bonita Escondida Hostel.

Bonita means beautiful in Spanish, and this hostel lives up to its name. Right in La Punta, Bonita Escondida is centrally located in the heart of Puerto Escondido

Easily the most sociable hostel in Puerto. Great atmosphere and by the end everyone knows everyone

-shea (read more reviews)

The location is prime, right on the La Punta strip. You can explore the restaurants and nightlife just a short walk away.

The hostel also offers pool parties, DJs and live music, and a sports bar onsite. Staff also puts together group outings perfect for solo travelers. 

Bonita Escondida has security cameras and a nighttime security guard to help you sleep peacefully. The hostel has room options for luxury travelers and budget travelers, so you can find the perfect fit for your stay. 

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14. Puerto Dreams Hostel

one of the rooms in Puerto Dreams Hostel
Get a cozy room when you book Puerto Dreams Hostel. (Photo: Hostelworld, Puerto Escondido Hostels)

⭐️ Rating: 8.8 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Centro | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

Digital nomads can enjoy the comfortable co-working spaces and wifi in Puerto Dreams Hostel Puerto Escondido. This little oasis is located in Centro, about 20 minutes from La Puerto. 

Absolutely my favourite hostel so far. It has so many cute and cozy spots to chill! Good WiFi as well. 

-jule (read more reviews)

Puerto Dreams hosts plenty of social events for easy mingling and making friends. You can take complimentary bikes to two nearby beaches

This is one of the more dorm-style Puerto Escondido Hostels. If that’s not your style, you can visit the sister property with more private rooms. 

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15. Pacific Buddha Hostel

entrance of Pacific Buddha Hostel
Pacific Buddha Hostel is perfect for those who are looking for a cozy and small hostel. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 8 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: La Punta | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

If you’re looking for a hostel in La Punta Puerto Escondido, Pacific Buddha Hostel is perfect for you.

La Punta is the heart of Puerto Escondido, and visitors can enjoy a long strip of shops and international cuisine. Beach bums can learn to surf at the beach. You’ll find a variety of locals, visitors, and long-term nomads here.

This is a great place if you like a smaller but more cosy hostel. The hostel is located 1 minute from the beach, which is just perfect!

-veeckman (read more reviews)

Pacific Buddha Hostel Puerto Escondido offers an affordable 8-bedroom dorm-style room with fans and mosquito nests for a comfortable sleep. 

This hostel is perfect if you’re looking for a short stay with just the basics in an ideal location. 

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16. Casa Karma Puerto Escondido

two beds in of the accommodations in Casa Karma
Book Casa Karma and enjoy Zicatela Beach, that’s near the hostel. (Photo: Casa Karma Puerto Escondido Hostels)

⭐️ Rating: 8.3 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: La Punta | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

Located within walking distance of the amazing Zicatela Beach and lively bars and restaurants is Casa Karma — the perfect place for relaxation and exploration.

The friendly owners at Casa Karma are there to help with organized tours to make your stay memorable. This adult-only hostel has a variety of single and double rooms to choose from, some even have their own terrace. 

Amazing staff with a kind owner that was always there to help you out. The place was extremely clean and organized. I will definitely stay there again when in the area.

-waylon (read more reviews)

While Casa Karma Hostel is near the excitement of La Punta, it’s far enough away from the loud bars that you can still enjoy a peaceful night in. 

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17. Nomad Beach House Puerto Escondido Hostel

exterior of Nomad Beach House
Get direct access to the beach when you book Nomad Beach House Puerto Escondido. (Photo: Hostelworld)

⭐️ Rating: 7.9 out of 10 Stars | 📍 Location: Centro | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

You’ll find Nomad Beach House tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown but with easy access to the strip.

This is the ideal stay for someone looking for direct beach access. Enjoy the seclusion of nature in the hostel with their once-a-week movie nights. 

I really liked it here a lot. The direct beach access is key here. It’s also nicely tucked away from all the overly touristy areas.

-axel (read more reviews)

The on-site staff is ready to help make your stay perfect. You will have access to the provided cooling fans and daily housekeeping, as well as breathtaking views from the balcony.

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What are the best areas to stay in Puerto Escondido?

people on the beach for sunset at La Punta Puerto Escondido Oaxaca
Join the locals and other visitors to catch the sunset in La Punta Puerto Escondido.

Best Area for Budget Stay

Zicatela and La Punta are, overall, the best areas to stay in Puerto Escondido. If you’re on a budget, Centro is a good option as well.

However, you can find budget dorm rooms in most hostels. Most of the best hostels in Puerto Escondido are in Zicatela and La Punta.

Best Area for Nightlife

Zicatela and La Punta both offer downtown strips full of art, restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Nightlife usually starts in La Punta and shifts to Zicatela, so if you’re looking for a fun night out, you can’t go wrong with either. 

Best Area for Surfing

surfer at Playa Carrizalillo Beach Puerto Escondido Oaxaca
Surfing in Puerto Escondido is a must-do activity because of its amazing waves.

The major difference between Zicatela and La Punta is that Zicatela is the surfing mecca of Puerto Escondido (and of Mexico). Playa Zicatela is known for having major waves for advanced and professional surfers.

If you’re heading to Puerto Escondido for surfing, Zicatela is the place for you. But if you’re looking for calmer beaches or just learning to surf, La Punta is a better option. 

Because Zicatela is so well known, it can be the most crowded area in Puerto Escondido. La Punta has a more laid-back feel but still offers plenty of excitement. 

Best Area for Quiet Stay

Playa Bacocho Beach in Puerto Escondido Mexico
Playa Bacocho is the best place in Puerto Escondido for some R&R.

Looking for quiet areas in Puerto Escondido? if you prefer quieter areas away from the hustle and bustle then skip popular La Punta and Playa Zicatela, and opt for the Rinconada in Carrizalillo or Playa Bacocho instead.

Playa Carrizalillo Beach and the Rinconada offer upscale accommodations and some co-working spaces for digital nomads. Conversely, Playa Bacocho Beach is popular with families and couples.

Some areas of Centro, or Downtown Puerto Escondido, are quieter because it’s further from the main strip. However, it’s also further from the beaches than Carrizalillo and Bacocho, and a little less quiet.

Best Area with Swimmable Beaches

Playa Carrizalillo Beach Puerto Escondido Oaxaca Mexico
Playa Carrizalillo has calmer waves suitable for beginner surfers and swimmers who want a great beach day.

In terms of swimmable beaches in Puerto Escondido, Playa Carrizalillo is a beautiful beach with smaller waves. You can stay in the Carrizalillo area if your budget permits, but you will find mostly higher-end options here.

Located about 5-10 minutes away by car, budget travelers should opt for Centro (Downtown). One of the perks to staying in Centro is it’s central location, so you’re near all of the calmest swimming beaches in the area.

Puerto Escondido Hostels: FAQs

Where is Puerto Escondido located?

Puerto Escondido is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, in the state of Oaxaca (pronounced waa-ha-kah). It is popular with surfers, and widely known as the best beach town in Oaxaca.

🗺️ puerto escondido mexico map

The map of Puerto Escondido Oaxaca Mexico above will give you a visual, but in terms of distance, the town is located about 157 miles (252 km) from Oaxaca City, and about 473 miles (760 km) from Mexico City.

Where should I stay in Puerto Escondido?

Deciding where you should stay in Puerto Escondido depends on your preferences. Surfers will want to stay in Zicatela, while digital nomads usually hang out at the co-working spaces in La Punta. For a quieter trip, opt for Carrizalillo or Bacocho.

Hands Sculpture at Playa Zicatela Beach in Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Playa Zicatela is one of the most gorgeous beaches in Puerto Escondido.

For nightlife, you can’t go wrong with Zicatela or La Punta. Budget travelers and those looking for a quieter vacation will stay in Centro, or Downtown Puerto Escondido. 

Is Puerto Escondido safe for solo female travelers?

Yes Puerto Escondido is considered safe for solo female travelers. The vast majority of travelers find this popular destination ideal for digital nomads, beach lovers, surfers, families and solo travelers alike.

There are many hostel options to choose from for solo female travelers. Some hostels offer night guards and security. 

Many offer private rooms or dorms for females only. You can read Puerto Escondido Hostelworld reviews to see how safe similar female travelers felt about visiting this surf town.

As safety is a complex topic, head to Is Mexico Safe to Visit Right Now? for a deep dive. You can also visit Is Oaxaca Safe to Visit Right Now? for Oaxaca-specific information.

Is it safe to walk around Puerto Escondido at night?

Yes — Because of the bustling nightlife, it is generally safe to walk around Puerto Escondido at night. However, crimes tend to increase anywhere after sundown.

It’s best to stay in well-lit areas and with groups during your night in town. Travelers should always be aware of their surroundings, even in safe areas. 

Is Puerto Escondido a party town?

Yes — Puerto Escondido is a party town, particularly in La Punta and Zicatela. However, it’s better known for its surf beaches, so if you aren’t looking for a party there are plenty of quiet areas, like

Additionally, many bars and restaurants close at 11pm, and most hostels have quiet hours after 11pm. Puerto Escondido is still worth visiting if you don’t enjoy late nights out. 

Why is Puerto Escondido so popular?

Puerto Escondido is most popular for its large swells that make up some of the best surfing beaches in Mexico. It’s also known for being a safe and affordable destination for solo travelers and nomads.

man on motorcycle with surfboard in La Punta Puerto Escondido
Surfers come to Puerto Escondido for an amazing surfing experience.

Puerto Escondido has a lively nightlife and plenty of things to do from early in the morning to late at night.

What is the best time of year to go to Puerto Escondido?

The winter months, November to March, are considered the best time of year to go to Puerto Escondido for warm weather and a dry climate with low humidity.

Puerto Escondido average weather chart
Puerto Escondido average weather. (Photo: Weather and Climate)

However, peak surf season runs closer to the summer months, from April to September.

If you’re a seasoned surfer looking for the largest waves, summer is the best time of year to go to Puerto Escondido.

Is Puerto Escondido expensive?

Puerto Escondido is not expensive by most travelers’ standards. Depending on your budget, you can splurge on private rooms with air-conditioning on the beach, or shared dorm rooms farther from the main strips.

It’s also a less touristy town in Oaxaca, making per night accommodations and travel prices cheaper. 

How many days do you need in Puerto Escondido?

Depending on your interests, you need 3-4 days in Puerto Escondido to explore the different areas and beaches. You may want to stay longer if learning to surf is on your agenda. 

Playa Estacahuite Oaxaca beach
If you’re looking for some other beaches to relax in, check out nearby San Agustinillo, Mazunte, Puerto Angel Oaxaca Beach, Huatulco, and Playa Escondido Oaxaca Mexico.

Many nomads also spend longer here, as there are convenient coworking hostels in Puerto Escondido and tropical office spaces with strong WiFi to spend their time in.

How long should you spend in Puerto Escondido?

You should spend three to four days in Puerto Escondido if you want to see the whole town. There are a lot of things to do in Puerto Escondido, so to really explore, opt for five to seven days.

This is the perfect amount of time to explore the different areas, take advantage of the surfing and nightlife, and enjoy the authentic Mexican feel of the area. 

Final Thoughts: Best Puerto Escondido Hostels

Ready to grab your surfboard and head to one of these awesome Puerto Escondido hostels? From One Love Hostal Puerto Escondido to Che Puerto Escondido Hostel & Baryou’re sure to find the perfect spot.

Still unsure about the best Puerto Escondido hostel? I recommend One Love Hostel for its tropical vibes, great location and near-perfect rating (9.3 out of 10 Stars).

Puerto Escondido has something for every type of traveler looking to experience a beautiful town in Mexico. Staying in a hostel is ideal for travelers looking to make like-minded friends, hang out in local areas, and save with budget rooms.

From the lively downtown areas and beaches in La Punta or Zicatela to the quieter, more laid-back parts of town, like Carrizalillo and Bacocho, you’ll find everything you need, and more, in Puerto Escondido.

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vintage navy blue car in La Punta Puerto Escondido Oaxaca Mexico
Soak in the bohemian vibes in La Punta Puerto Escondido.

I can tell you firsthand that a staying in a Puerto Escondido hostel is one of the best ways to enjoy Puerto Escondido Oaxaca Mexico — so I’m glad you landed on this article to book yours.

If you’re looking for more info on traveling to Puerto Escondido Mexico, check out these additional Puerto Escondido travel guides:

Oaxaca Travel Planning Guide

Should I buy Mexico travel insurance for Oaxaca?

100% YES! — With basic coverage averaging just $5-10 USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from Travel Insurance Master, one of the biggest names in travel insurance. (Read more)

Can you drink the water in Oaxaca?

No — You’ll want to buy this Water-To-Go Bottle, which filters your drinking water so you don’t get sick from drinking water in Mexico, and helps keep you hydrated while traveling to Oaxaca. (Read more)

Is it safe to rent a car in Oaxaca?

Yes — Renting a car in Oaxaca is one of the best ways to see the state. I always rent with Discover Cars, which checks international companies and local Oaxaca companies, so you get the best rates. (Read more)

Will my phone work in Oaxaca?

Maybe — It depends on your company, so check with your provider. If you don’t have free Mexico service, buy a Telcel SIM Card. As Mexico’s largest carrier, Telcel has the best coverage of all Mexico SIM Cards. (Read more)

What’s the best way to book places to stay in Oaxaca?

For Oaxaca hotels, Booking.com is the best site. If you’re considering a Oaxaca Airbnb, also check VRBO, which is often cheaper than Airbnb. For the best Oaxaca hostels, use HostelWorld.

What do I pack for Oaxaca?

Head to the Ultimate Mexico Packing List + FREE Checklist Download to get all the info you need on packing for Mexico.

What’s the best site to buy Oaxaca flights?

For finding cheap Oaxaca flights, I recommend booking through Skyscanner.

Do I need a visa for Oaxaca?

Likely Not — U.S., Canadian and most European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but you can check here to see if you need a Mexico travel visa.

The vast majority of travelers will receive a a passport stamp, or 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa upon arrival.