Ultimate San Agustinillo Oaxaca Travel Guide for 2024

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PLANNING A TRIP TO SAN AGUSTINILLO, OAXACA, MEXICO?

You’ve come to the right place! In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about this beautiful fishing village and beach town of San Agustinillo Oaxaca. How do you know this is the best, most complete guide?

I’ve lived in Mexico since 2018, and San Agustinillo is one of my absolute favorite beach towns in Oaxaca. I’ve spent a lot of time here, and I’m ready to share all my secrets with you.

woman dipping in. aswimming pool of Casa Aamori San Agustinillo Oaxaca

Looking for the best San Agustinillo HOTELS?

I always recommend Casa Aamori Boutique Hotel, one of the highest-rated and best hotels in San Agustinillo.

From top activities to transportation, logistics, restaurants, hotels, and important FAQs, this guide will get you primed for the trip of a lifetime.

San Agustinillo Mexico is a great place to catch some sun and surf, go on hikes, go horseback riding, explore the mangroves, and more.

Ready for the ultimate San Agustinillo Oaxaca Mexico guide? Let’s dive in!

San Agustinillo Oaxaca travel guide

Where is San Agustinillo Oaxaca located?

Oaxaca San Agustinillo is a beach and fishing village on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is in Santa María Tonameca municipality, west of Zipolite and east of Mazunte.

📍San Agustinillo map

It is one of the coastal communities known as the “Oaxacan Riviera” (Riviera Oaxaqueña) and borders the Pacific Ocean. Check out the San Agustinillo Oaxaca map above for a visual of where it is located.

Here are some distances to help you understand where the village of San Agustinillo is located:

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How to Get to San Agustinillo Oaxaca

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You can get to San Agustinillo by air or by land. Which method works best for you will depend on where you’re coming from, how much time you have, and your budget.

Read on to find the best method of getting to this fun beach town from Mexico City, Oaxaca City, Puerto Escondido, and Huatulco.

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What’s the best airport for San Agustinillo?

The best airport for San Agustinillo is either Huatulco International Airport (HUX) or Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM); both are about the same distance and drive time from San Agustinillo Mexico.

huatulco airport in huatulco oaxaca mexico, HUX airport exterior
Huatulco HUX Airport is a small airport near San Agustinillo.

There are very few direct flight to Huatulco and even fewer direct flight to Puerto Escondido from the U.S. or Canada, so you’ll likely fly through Mexico City International Airport (code: MEX).

You’ll want to check flights to both so that you find the best itineraries and cheapest rates.

Both airports are about 1 hour and 15 minutes from San Agustinillo, and the distances are pretty negligible.

  • Puerto Escondido Airport to San Agustinillo Distance: 42 miles (68 km)
  • Huatulco Airport to San Agustinillo Distance: 30 miles (49 km)

You can rent a car in Puerto Escondido or rent a car in Huatulco and make the drive to San Agustinillo. From both, it is a safe, easy drive.

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Mexico City to San Agustinillo

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One of the ways to get to San Agustinillo is via land or air trips from Mexico City.

✈️ Flights from Mexico City to San Agustinillo

If you are in Mexico City and need to get to San Agustinillo, the best option is to fly. However, you can also take the ADO bus from Mexico City to San Agustinillo, or take the OCC bus to San Agustinillo.

To fly, book a flight from Mexico City to either Huatulco International Airport (HUX) or Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM). You can get from either airport to San Agustinillo by taking a taxi or a pasajero.

🚚 Pasajero Colectivo to San Agustinillo

taxi pickup truck in mazunte mexico called a pasajero
A pasajero truck taxi is one of the transportation options in Mexico.

Once you get to the coast of Oaxaca, you need to make our way over-land from Puerto Escondido to San Agustinillo or Huatulco to San Agustinillo.

If you’re not renting a car, the cheapest way to get to San Agustinillo is via public transportation on the pasajero, or taxi truck. If you choose to go by pasajero, you will need head to specific places to get the pasajero.

  • If you’re traveling the Puerto Escondido San Agustinillo route, then you’ll need to transfer at Crucero de San Antonio.
  • If you’re coming from Huatulco, you’ll need to transfer at Crucero Pochutla y Puerto Angel.

🚌 Bus from Mexico City to San Agustinillo

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Mexico buses are a great and inexpensive way to travel Mexico.

To go by bus, take a taxi to the ADO bus terminal in Mexico City, then buy a ticket to San Pedro Pochutla.

These tickets will cost approximately $1,650 MXN pesos ($90 USD). This trip will take about 16 hours. Once in San Pedro Pochutla, take a taxi or a local pasajero to San Agustinillo, as explained above.

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Oaxaca to San Agustinillo

woman dancing in a festival in oaxaca mexico
Oaxaca City is known as the Cultural Capital of the state and home to many of the best festivals in Oaxaca, Mexico.

🚚 Land Travel from Oaxaca to San Agustinillo

To get to San Agustinillo from Oaxaca, you can either go by land or by air.

If you choose to go by land, you can go directly to San Agustinillo. There’s no need to go to Puerto Escondido or Huatulco first.

▶︎ For Oaxaca rental cars, I recommend and personally use Discover Cars. They compare international companies and local Mexican companies, so you always get the best rates.

The route overland from Oaxaca City to San Agustinillo is more direct than going to Puerto Escondido and then San Agustinillo.

⚠️ Of course, you should keep in mind that the direct route on the main road (via Highway 175) will take you over twisty mountain roads. If you tend to get car sick, either go prepared with Dramamine, or consider flying instead.

You can take a bus from Oaxaca City to San Pedro Pochutla, then take the pasajero pickups to the Crucero Pochutla y Puerto Angel. Find another pasajero to take you to San Agustinillo.

Alternatively, take a tourist shuttle directly from Oaxaca to Playa San Agustinillo Oaxaca.

✈️ Flights from Oaxaca to San Agustinillo

main road in San Agustinillo Oaxaca Mexico
The main road in San Agustinillo.

Wondering, Is there an airport in San Agustinillo, Mexico? There’s not, but there are two airports within 1.5 hours of San Agustinillo.

If you’d rather fly, you can book a flight to either Huatulco Airport (HUX Airport) or Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM Airport).

Check out the section below to see how to get the rest of the way to your Mexico San Agustinillo hotel of choice.

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Puerto Escondido to San Agustinillo

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The ADO bus from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido Mexico.

🚌 Bus from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido

The process of getting from Puerto Escondido to San Agustinillo is pretty straightforward. The simplest way is to take an ADO bus from the Puerto Escondido bus terminal to either Huatulco or Pochutla. 

Be sure to tell the ticket agent and the driver that you want to get off at Crucero San Antonio. Once in Crucero San Antonio, you can either take a pasajero or a taxi to San Agustinillo.

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Huatulco to San Agustinillo

view of Bahia Conejos (Bunny Bay) and the pool at secrets resorts huatulco all-incusive
After Puerto Escondido, Huatulco is the second-most visited city on the Oaxacan coast.

🚖 Taxi from Huatulco to San Agustinillo

If you’re in Huatulco, or have flown in en route to the Oaxacan Riviera, it’s time to go the rest of the way by land. You can either take a taxi the entire way, take public transport the entire way, or mix and match.

If you want to take a taxi the entire way, you can take an airport taxi. Alternatively, walk to the highway and negotiate a price with the cheaper taxis there.

⚠️ Note: There’s no Uber in Huatulco and no Uber in Oaxaca state anywhere.

🚌 Bus from Huatulco to San Agustinillo

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The colectivo (shared van) is a popular mode of public transportation in Oaxaca.

Prefer public transportation? First, walk out to the highway outside of the Huatulco airport and catch a second-class bus.

Just make sure you get one going to Puerto Escondido or Pochutla. Once you’re aboard, ask to get off at the Crucero de Pochutla y Puerto Angel.

Next, catch a pasajero to San Agustinillo. Pasajeros are a very cheap form of local transport. Catch one headed to San Agustinillo. (Alternatively, take a taxi from the crucero to San Agustinillo).

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Where to Stay in San Agustinillo Oaxaca

When deciding on San Agustinillo accommodations, the first question you must ask is if you want to stay on the San Agustinillo beach or up on the hill. 

There are several great San Agustinillo rentals and hotels right on the beach, perfect for anyone who loves the view of sand and palm trees. Some of the top beach-front hotels in San Agustinillo Oaxaca include:

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1. Casa La Ola San Agustinillo

entrance ramp to  Casa La Ola Hotel in San Agustinillo Mexico
The entrance to Casa La Ola Hotel in San Agustinillo Mexico.
  • ⭐️ Rating: 9 out of 10 Stars
  • 🏆 Perfect for: Families, couples, solo travelers
  • 🏝️ Known for: Hospitality, beachfront location, cleanliness
  • 🏨 View on Booking.com
  • ☝️ Note: Children ages 6 and up are welcome

For my money, Casa La Ola is the best hotel in San Agustinillo Oaxaca.

It is located in the heart of town, with easy access to restaurants, beaches, and the pasajero (taxi truck) on the main road so you can visit the neighboring towns. In short: You’re within walking distance of everything!

This best boutique hotel in has everything from spacious rooms and ocean view suites. There’s also an onsite restaurant, room service, 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi throughout the property.

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2. Zoa Hotel San Agustinillo (Adults Only)

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Get amazing views and your own pool when you book Zoa Hotel. (Photo: Expedia)
  • ⭐️ Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Stars
  • 🏆 Perfect for: Couples, solo travelers, friend groups
  • 🏝️ Known for: Private beach, pool, Mexican style
  • 🏨 View on Booking.com
  • ☝️ Note: This San Agustinillo hotel is adults only

Get out of town and enjoy the exclusive luxury of Zoa Hotel. This hotel is halfway between San Agustinillo and Mazunte Oaxaca and is built right into the cliffs. This accommodation option is adults only.

3. Casa Aamori Bouique Hotel San Agustinillo (Adults Only)

  • ⭐️ Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Stars
  • 🏆 Perfect for: Couples, solo travelers
  • 🏝️ Known for: Beachfront location, swimming pool, yoga, spa treatments
  • 🏨 View on Booking.com
  • ☝️ Note: This San Agustinillo Oaxaca hotel is adults only

Casa Aamori San Agustinillo is a lovely hotel with suites, balconies, and beautiful beach and ocean views. Swimming pools, a restaurant, and a beach club round out the amenities.

Luxury and rustic chic decor combine to create an ambiance that is both warm and beautiful. Bonus, they also have air conditioning. Note: This accommodation option is adults only.

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4. Punta Placer San Agustinillo

  • ⭐️ Rating: 9.2 out of 10 Stars
  • 🏆 Perfect for: Friend groups, families
  • 🏝️ Known for: Beachfront location, modern style design, tropical decor
  • 🏨 View on Booking.com

Punta Placer San Agustinillo Mexico is another excellent beachside option. This hotel, also known as Cabañas Punta Placer San Agustinillo Oaxaca offers a collection of tropical fan-cooled bungalows.

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5. Bambu San Agustinillo

  • ⭐️ Rating: 9.2 out of 10 Stars
  • 🏆 Perfect for: Couples, solo travelers, friend groups, families
  • 🏝️ Known for: Private beach area, rustic style, ocean view from the cabanas
  • 🏨 View on Booking.com

Natural vibes abound at the Bambú Ecocabañas, a collection of six beachside cabins built with bamboo highlights. You’ll be right in touch with nature at this hotel.

A few More San Augustinillo Accommodations Options

If you’re looking at booking San Agustinillo Oaxaca hotels that aren’t right on the beach, check out these favorites:

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6. Monte Uzulu San Agustinillo

  • ⭐️ Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Stars
  • 🏆 Perfect for: Couples, solo travelers
  • 🏝️ Known for: Location, elegant decor
  • 🏨 View on Booking.com

If you love good views, consider staying at Monte Uzulu boutique hotel. Each suite has its own balcony with unparalleled vistas of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean.

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7. Las 3 Marias San Agustinillo

  • ⭐️ Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Stars
  • 🏆 Perfect for: Couples, friend groups, families
  • 🏝️ Known for: Location, outdoor pool, yoga classes
  • 🏨 View on Booking.com

Las Tres Marías Hotel is just up from the beach, with easy access to the ocean, the sandy strip, and some of the best restaurants San Agustinillo has. This 3-star hotel is all about comfort and hospitality.

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8. Zazil Retreat San Agustinillo Oaxaca

  • ⭐️ Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Stars
  • 🏆 Perfect for: Couples, friend groups
  • 🏝️ Known for: Rooms with sea views, pool, yoga classes
  • 🏨 View on Booking.com

Zazil San Agustinillo is a retreat center offering bungalows and rooms, massages, and the best yoga San Agustinillo has to offer. Did we mention beautiful views? That too.

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Where to Eat in San Agustinillo

Wondering where to refuel while in San Agustinillo? Check out this list for some great dining options to get you started as you explore the best restaurants in San Agustinillo.

1. La Termita: Best Pizza in San Agustinillo

romantic dinner table with pizza
La Termita is perfect if you want to have a romantic date night.

Pizza pizza pizza! La Termita San Agustinillo is the perfect place for a candlelit dinner right on the beach — and on a personal note, this is my pick for the best restaurant in San Agustinillo.

Enjoy the ocean breeze while you indulge your taste buds in savory, cheesy delight. The portions are big as well. Breakfast and lunches here are also tasty.

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2. La Ola: Best Tacos in San Agustinillo

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The reviews are in! La Ola has the best fish tacos in San Agustinillo.

La Ola San Agustinillo is an awesome restaurant where you can enjoy fish tacos and frozen cocktails. Plus, it is right on the beach.

You can reserve loungers and spend the morning and early afternoon chilling. This restaurant is open for breakfasts and lunches.

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3. Restaurante La Mora

traditional mexican breakfast dish called chilaquiles, amde with chips, salsa and eggs
Restaurante La Mora serves chilaquiles, a tasty and traditional Mexican breakfast.

If you’re looking for one of the most popular breakfast spots out there, look no further than La Mora San Agustinillo.

This eatery offers savory waffles, fresh fruit and yogurt, amazing coffee, chilaquiles, fresh juices, molletes, homemade wheat bread, avocado toast, and more. 

Clients loved the good value for the price and the tasty food. This spot is open for breakfast and brunch (8am to 2pm), and closed on Tuesdays. 

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4. El Navegante San Agustinillo

plate of ceviche
El Navegante has great seafood dishes, including this mouth-watering ceviche de dorado.

El Navegante is another of the best San Agustinillo restaurants you can find. Visitors loved the seafood here, the first-class service, and the mouth-watering desserts. 

Be sure to try the shrimp in mezcal cream sauce, red snapper, and panko-crusted dorado. Finish off with a decadent chocolate cheesecake. Bliss!

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4. El Sueño de Frida San Agustinillo

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El Sueño de Frida is also known for their delicious authentic mole.

For amazing food and amazing service, there’s no place like El Sueño de Frida. El Sueno San Augustinillo is the place to find mouth-watering homemade salsas, enchiladas, enfrijoladas, chilaquiles, omelets, and made-to-order eggs. 

If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to try their in-house mole. Un Sueno San Agustinillo really is a dream, and one of the best places to eat in San Agustinillo Oaxaca.

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10 Best Things to Do in San Agustinillo Oaxaca

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Playa San Agustinillo is a laid-back beach in Oaxaca, so make sure you add San Agustinillo swimming to your itinerary.

1. Visit Playa San Agustinillo

If you’re looking for a slice of beach heaven, you’ll love Playa San Agustinillo Oaxaca Mx. Even though the beaches in Zipolite and Mazunte are really nice, San Agustinillo’s beach might just become your favorite of the three.

Clear turquoise water, pillowy soft golden sand, and comfy loungers – what could be better? Besides chilling and sunbathing, you can also bodyboard, surf, or walk along the beach. The jungle foliage and intriguing rock formations are cool to see.

If you’re traveling with kids, note that this beach is more family-friendly than Zipolite’s. It can also be less crowded than the beach at Mazunte, which is usually a plus!

🍹 San Agustinill Travel Tips: Reserve loungers at the La Ola restaurant for an awesome tranquil morning.

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2. Learn How to Surf

woman surfing in Oaxaca
San Agustinillo is also a great surfing spot in Oaxaca.

Another great thing to do is to learn how to surf. Since the waves in San Agustinillo are smaller and more manageable than at other beaches, such as Mazunte, taking a class is a great Option B.

🏄🏻 surfing rentals in San Agustinillo Oaxaca

Ask at your hotel for the best San Agustinillo Oaxaca surf rentals and class options!

Keep in mind the San Agustinillo surf can vary a lot during the day, changing from practically no waves to up to 3-feet-hight (1 meter high). There are various coves you can try out depending on your level.

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3. Hike Punta Cometa in Mazunte

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Hiking the trail of Punta Cometa is an adventurous activity you can do in San Agustinillo.

Walk along a gorgeous cliffside path to reach Punta Cometa. This park is on a cliffside promontory that extends into the Pacific. It’s also the southernmost tip of Oaxaca — which is kinda fun to experience.

🤔 WHAT IS PUNTA COMETA?

Back in pre-Columbian times, Punta Cometa was a sacred ceremonial center. It’s still a popular spot to enjoy 180º views of the ocean, watch whales in the winter, and catch spectacular sunsets.

Typically, whales migrate seasonally from the cooler South American climates toward the tropical waters of Costa Rica and Mexico.

🗺 HOW TO GET TO PUNTA COMETA MAZUNTE

To get to the hiking trail, walk to the southwest corner of the Mazunte beach. Steps lead up the cliff, then empty onto a dirt path. Head left, and you’ll find Punta Cometa.

Punta Cometa Pro Tip: Wear good walking/hiking shoes, take a flashlight if you’re going at sunset, and being bug spray. The hike up from the beach takes about 20 minutes, but you’ll want water because it’s a bit hard.

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Relax with Some Beach Yoga

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After all the fun and adventure, relax and do yoga on the beach.

🧘🏻‍♀️ San Agustinillo yoga? Yes, please! Grab your mat and head to the sand for a session of sun salutations or deep relaxing poses.

Sunrise and sunset each offer a special magic, but any time is a good time for yoga (just stay hydrated). This tranquil fishing village is a lovely spot to keep up or kick-start your yoga practice.

Or, if you prefer something more official, show up to classes and sessions at Zazil San Agustinillo. 

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Boat Tours & Whale Watching

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Watching the whales is also a memorable adventure in Oaxaca.

When it comes to boat tours in San Agustinillo, Pacifico Mágico Tours with Efrén Medoza Davila is where it’s at!

Efrén is a pro at what he does. He knows where to find marine life, top snorkel spots and is safety conscious. Travelers who booked his tours raved about seeing and swimming with dolphins and visiting amazing photo op spots.

🐳 If you’re visiting during the winter months, go whale watching. Seeing humpback whales with their calves is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Go Sport Fishing

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If fishing is your sport, San Agustinillo is also a great spot for it.

Nothing beats the adrenaline of catching a big fish! Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin are the major sport fishing prizes in San Agustinillo.

Can you picture yourself in the fighting chair reeling in one of these bad boys? Talk about fun! There are also plenty of smaller fish varieties to try for.

🐠 fishing competitions in San Augustinillo

If you’re around in February or March, you might even have the chance to watch (or maybe even compete) in the San Agus Fest—an annual sport fishing tournament for Marlin and Dorado.

Kids can participate in the infantil category.

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Enjoy A Day trip to Zipolite Beach

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Zipolite Beach is known for its gorgeous white sand and crystal clear waters.

🚘 How to get to Zipolite Beach

Want to check out another beach? Consider heading to Playa Zipolite for anywhere from a couple of hours to a full-day trip.

It only takes about 10 minutes to go from San Agustinillo to Zipolite by car. There are plenty of pasajeros that can take you down the road. Simply flag one down and get into the truck bed, then ring the bell when you want to get off.

Zipolite is laid-back, bohemian, colorful, and fun. Meander the town looking for artisan shops, then head to the beach.

The stretch of sand is massive and runs along the entire inside curve of the bay. Wade out into the shallows, swim or dive under the bigger waves.

🏝️ Zipolite Beach (Nude Beach in Mexico)

The entire stretch of Zipolite beach is clothing optional, but if you’re looking for a true nudist experience, head to the easternmost section of the beach.

Once there, take the stairway to Playa del Amor, the beach of love. It’s much more private.

Sal y Pimienta is a great spot to have lunch, but Hotel Nude is also perfect if you’re looking for a beach chair to relax in while you chow down on ceviche and guac.

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Take a Wildlife Mangrove Tour at La Ventanilla

boats in the lagoon at La Ventanilla in Oaxaca, Mexico
Laguna Ventanilla Nature Sanctuary is home to different wildlife animals, including iguanas, crocodiles, birds and fish.

Turtles, river crocodiles, huge iguanas, lush mangroves, and more await at La Ventanilla. This community is all about ecotourism and conservation. It’s definitely worth checking out.

You can easily take a pasajero or a taxi to La Ventanilla — or if you don’t want the hassle, you can take a tour. Once you arrive, head over to Servicio Ecoturísticos de La Ventanilla to pay for a tour. 

You can go on a long boat trip through the lagoon or head to the island in the center of the lagoon. This is a cool spot to see iguanas and walk among crocodiles.

Pro Tip: Go early in the day to avoid the worst of the heat and to see more wildlife activity. Be sure to pack water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

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Beach Horseback Riding Tour in Mazunte

woman riding a horse along the Oaxaca beach
What better way to explore the beach? Travel from San Agustinillo to Mazunte for this horseback riding experience.

Ride a horse through beaches and mangroves on this incredible tour! Hop over to Mazunte (a quick taxi or pasajero ride away) to meet your guide and your horse. After an orientation on riding techniques, you’ll trot out to the beach.

After an hour, stretch your legs, go for a swim, and take some pictures. On the return trip, you’ll even get to gallop. What a rush.

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Visit the Turtle Conservation Center

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Be part of a majestic moment and release baby turtles in the ocean.

No trip to the Oaxacan coast would be complete without learning about sea turtles. Of the eight different species of sea turtle that exist in the world, seven of them make their nests along the Oaxacan coast. Pretty cool, right?

As a case in point, this area, known as Oaxaca’s Costa Chica or Little Coast, is one of the most important nesting grounds in the world for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.

🐢 BABY TURTLE RELEASE

Learn more about these fascinating creatures by visiting the Turtle Conservation Center in Mazunte. The center offers guided tours in various languages.

There’s also a botanical garden on the property and various enclosures holding different varieties of sea turtle.

Want to participate in a baby sea turtle release? These are sometimes available in the Mazunte Zipolite San Agustinillo area. If not, you can drive about 45 minutes west to Santuario La Escobilla. You’ll pay a fee to release your baby turtle.

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San Agustinillo Oaxaca: Frequently Asked Questions

Is San Agustinillo worth visiting?

Yes! — San Agustinillo is absolutely worth visiting. This great little fishing village is a perfect spot to enjoy the beauties of the Oaxacan coast.

If you’re a beginner surfer, you’ll appreciate the more manageable waves here (as opposed to in Mazunte).

The town also offers horseback rides, mangrove tours, a turtle conservatory/museum, boat tours, whale watching, sport fishing, and more.

There are hotels for every budget ranging from luxurious adult-only hotels nestled into the cliffside to cozy cabañas right on the beach. 

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Mazunte vs San Agustinillo: Which is better?

If you’re debating San Agustinillo vs Mazunte, opt for the San Agustinillo accommodations, but then eat at the Mazunte restaurants and hang out there for its social scene.

punta cometa mazunte oaxaca mexico
Punta Cometa has amazing trails where you can see the gorgeous view of the ocean.

Since these towns are neighbors, this is the way to have the best of both worlds on the Oaxaca beaches.

While Mazunte attracts a younger, bohemian crowd, San Agustinillo’s vibe skews a bit older and also posher. Of the lesser-visited Oaxaca Mexico beaches, this one is your best option for lux Mazunte San Agustinillo accommodations.

You can easily just walk to Mazunte or take an inexpensive taxi ride when you want some fun bars and restaurants in Mazunte.

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Can you drink the water in San Agustinillo Oaxaca?

No — You cannot drink the water from the tap in San Agustinillo. Tap water in all of Mexico is not considered potable or safe for drinking.

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Drinking tap water is not safe, make sure you ask for distilled water.

It isn’t filtered and may contain microbes and bacteria that will make you sick. That’s a surefire way to ruin your vacation! Save yourself some suffering by sticking to purified water only.

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.

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What’s the best way to get around in San Agustinillo Oaxaca?

If you’re staying in San Agustinillo and want to get around, you can easily walk, take a taxi, or hop aboard a pasajero. It depends on how far you have to go.

Want to check out a neighboring village, like San Agustinillo to Puerto Escondido? The pasajeros stop at all of the various villages along the coast.

Is San Agustinillo Safe?

YES — For the vast majority of travelers, it absolutely is. But it’s always a good idea to exercise caution and follow general safety guidelines.

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What’s the best time to visit San Agustinillo Oaxaca?

The best time of year to visit San Agustinillo in Mexico is November through April.

🌡️ San Agustinillo Oaxaca average weather

San Agustinillo weather chart
San Agustinillo average weather. (Photo: Weather and Climate)

These months offer the best San Agustinillo weather because they are in the dry season and have cooler temperatures. They also afford visitors the chance to go whale watching.

If you want to save money, though, consider going to San Agustinillo during the wet season (roughly June through September). Less tourists will mean better deals.

Final Thoughts: Traveling to San Agustinillo Oaxaca

man on the beach in front of fishing boats in beach in San Agustinillo oaxaca mexico

San Agustinillo Oaxaca is a lovely fishing village on Oaxaca’s little coast.

It features a beautiful strip of golden sand, calm waves, and many nearby opportunities for hiking, whale watching, horseback riding, and going on mangrove tours. Or why not go San Agustinillo snorkeling?

There are also many excellent hotels in San Agustinillo, ranging from uber posh to comfy beach cabañas.

As far as eating goes, you’ll find delicious candle-lit pizza dinners, mouth-watering seafood, and amazing Mexican breakfasts. My recommendations? Check out Mora Posada and La Termita for delicious pizza and romantic ambiance.

In short: There’s a lot to love about San Agustinillo Oaxaca!

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.