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Chilling in Zipolite

With heavy heart I left Puerto Escondido behind me and we boarded the bus going south with a Californian guy who was heading to the same direction. We dropped off in San Antonio which seemed to be just a few houses in the middle of nowhere. We had planned to catch a collectivo (basically a minivan acting as a local bus) from San Antonio, but ended up sharing a taxi with an Argentian guy who was also heading to a nearby beach.

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20 minutes later we arrived at Zipolite, a quiet beach south of Puerto Escondido. Also known as a bit of a hippie hang about and it’s easy to see why that is. Atmosphere is very relaxed, with hammocks at every bar in the beach. During night time you can find fire twirlers and other activity on the beach.

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After a while we found a cabana with a view to the sea, costing 250 pesos (about £12). Very rustic place, but it also had a hammock, so no complaints.

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Now there isn’t much to do in Zipolite, as the waves are not good for surfing and swimming is not really recommended because of heavy undercurrents. So during day time you take sun and during night time, you eat and drink somewhere on the beach, our choice was often Posada Mexico (the happy hour lasts until late).

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But I do have to warn you that Esperanza (hope in spanish), the resident cat at Posada Mexico, has quite a taste for prawns, and will do anything to get the remains of your prawns from your plate.

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