We divided our time between two very different Oaxacan beach destinations: Huatulco and Puerto Escondido.
The Huatulco area is made up of several rocky bays and is known for its quiet resorts, many which are all-inclusives. Puerto Escondido is a real Mexican fishing town that has several beaches. Zicatela Beach attracts a younger crowd and surfers.
Each place we stayed had a restaurant on site as well as a lovely place to relax, swim and enjoy the beach. Although many excursions are available at both destinations we didn’t take any.
Cost of Travel: Puerto Escondido
Accommodations: $375, $93.75 per night in a Standard King room at Hotel Santa Fe, Zicatela Beach, Puerto Escondido.
Food: $126.36 averages out to $30.39 per day.
Misc: $15.42 includes $3.26 for laundry and $12.16 for pharmacy.
Transportation: $12.60 includes $5.35 for 2 taxis for a round trip beach excursion and $7.29 (150$MX) to taxi to the airport. Does not include the $42.80 taxi fare we paid from Huatulco to Puerto Escondido because there are many options to fit any budget: rental car, taxi, bus, colectivo, private transfer. We taxied because bus service was once again interrupted by the village blocking the highway.
Tips & Alms: $14.93
Total Expenses: $540.35 on average $135.09 per day.
Cost of Travel: Huatulco
Accommodations: $477.77 averages out to $119.44 per night in a Deluxe King room at the Camino Real Zaashila, Tungolanda Bay, Huatulco.
Food: $132.99 averages out to $33.25 per day.
Transportation: $6.81 for two taxis to visit Crucecita. Does not include the $20.43 expense of taxis and colectivos to travel to Huatulco.
Tips & Alms: $12.22
Total Expenses: $629.79 on average $157.45 per day.
I liked both destinations, but preferred our stay at the Camino Real Zaashila mostly because it was self contained: just steps to the restaurant, pool and beach.
The average per day costs came to $135 in Puerto Escondido and $157 in Huatulco, mostly due to the cost difference off the accommodation.
In the future, if we were to return alone or with our grandchildren, I would chose Huatulco resort. I would definitely look for an All-Inclusive resort. Sometimes they can be found for under $100 per person per day where the value is in all the included drinks and meals.
Both Huatulco and Puerto Escondido have international airports.
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