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Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Surfers have gathered on the Mexican pipeline for decades. But in the last few years this strip of Pacific coast has welcomed a cluster of smart restaurants and independent hotels bringing the attention of Puerto (as it’s known by locals) to a new crowd.

Surf

Playa Zicatela is one of the most famous beach breaks in the world but the Mexican pipeline can be pretty unpredictable – so this is not a beach for beginners. For the ultimate wave watching, visit Zicatela before 10am between May and August when southerlies power up the shore breaks and bring the pros into town. Head to the southern end on the point break for more manoeuvrable swells; or join the surf schools around the headland at Playa Carrizalillo – where two separate breaks meet in the middle of a striking golden bay.

Hotel Escondido

Concrete, thatched shacks line the beach, each with their own plunge pool. Mexico-City-based creatives pile in on weekends to sip tamarind margaritas on the sand. Next door is creative studio Casa Wabi where artists in residence spin crockery for the hotel restaurant.

Sala Agua

Young people flock here in the day to snag a cabana and sip coconut water out of their shells, but at sundown it has some of the best views across the Pacific. Pull up a stool on the sand and relax to the strum of live guitar music.

Espadín

The owners are mezcal enthusiasts (the restaurant is named after a type of agave), which means there’s always a party waiting to start on the terrace. Surfers wind up here at the end of the day to sip mezcal margaritas and feast on shrimp tacos overlooking perfect views of Carrizalillo beach.

Dive Into Summer

Enjoy a splash in the surf, beach games at sundown, and an Insta-perfect sunset.

Swimwear with a Purpose

Responsibly sourced and crafted with infinitely recycled yarns from plastic bottles and waste from the sea.