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Puerto Escondido Tourist Information
Getting to Puerto Escondido
By Land - Puerto Escondido can be reached by road from Oaxaca City via Highway 175. This highway is a paved 80 mile stretch of road that climbs 7,000 feet through tree and moutainous terrain. Allthough very picturesque, the roads can be very narrow at points and extremely windy. If you are likely to get motion sickness, this is not the way to travel. After you get out of the mountains, it is another 42 miles on highway 200. The entire 170 mile trip will take you around 8 to 10 hours. Do not attempt this route at night, there are sheer cliff drop offs and narrow roads. Also, the roads are very dark.
By Bus - Instead of renting a car another good option is to take a bus. Direct service from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido is available on several first class bus lines. Busses depart several times per day from both directions. The one way cost is around $18. This trip by bus usually will take around 10 to 12 hours. Several companies offers services including Estrella del Valle tel: 958-581-0588, Cristobal Colon Tel: 951-515-1248 and ADO GL www.adogl.com.mx/en/index.htm
By Van or by Taxi - There are several taxis and vans that will take you from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido. This is a better option if you are looking to save time. The drivers have made this trip hundreds of times and know the roads and turns. Usually this will save you several hours of driving time. Taxis will usually charge around $50 to $100 one way, however the vans will pack several groups (called colectivos) in so they only will charge $20 to $30 one way. Auto Express de Tourismo Tel: 958-514-7077.
By Air - Puerto Escondido has a small airport (PXM) that is about 4km (2 1/2 miles) north of the center of town, near Playa Bacocho. Puerto Escondido is solely served once a day, 5 days a week, by Click Mexicana (a subsidiary of Mexicana) flies daily between Puerto Escondido and Mexico City. For local flights from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido there are two companies — Aerotucan and AeroVega. Both these companies provide morning and afternoon flights between Oaxaca City and the beach destinations of Puerto Escondido and Huatulco. Flight time is approximately 35- 40 minutes. The cost is usually around $130 one way. The flights are based on first come first serve basis and reservations are recommended.
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Required Paperwork and Permits for Driving or Staying in Puerto Escondido
Required Paperwork: In order to drive a vehicle into Puerto Escondido, Mexico you must obtain a temporary importation vehicle permit at the border or online from the Mexican Banjercito (Banco Nacional del Ejercito) upon entry and cancel this permit before exiting Mexico. If you plan on staying in Puerto Escondido for any length of time you will need a tourist visa. To bring your automobile into Mexico, you MUST GET MEXICAN AUTO INSURANCE. Your US insurance will not be recognized in Mexico. You can purchase and print your Mexico Insurance policy online before you leave for your trip here at Mexbound.com
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Driving Distances and times from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido
When in Oaxaca, one of the most common questions is how long will it take to get from the city of Oaxaca to the beaches of Puerto Escondido. Highway 190 to Puerto Escondido is the easiest to navigate and offers the best road conditions, however it takes you at least a couple of hours out of your way south, and is therefore not the best option unless of course you plan to visit Salina Cruz or Huatulco on your way to Puerto Escondido. There is a super highway under construction that when completed should take less than 2 hours to reach the coastal cities in Oaxaca. Until then the best route is Highway 175. Although Puerto Escondido is not that far — approximately 170 miles — it will take a skilled driver a minimum of 6 to 8 hours to drive. The trip will take you over narrow windy mountainous roads. If you get car sick you may want to think about flying. Below is a list of driving distances and times along Highway 175 from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido. We offer maps and driving directions to Puerto Escondido.
- Oaxaca to Octotlan - 40 minutes - 20 miles
- Ocotlan to Ejutla - 25 minutes - 15 miles
- Ejutla to Mihuatlan - 38 minutes - 25 miles
- Mihuatlan to San Jose del PacÃfico - 50 minutes - 22 miles
- San Jose del Pacifico to Pochutla - 145 minutes - 62 miles
- Pochutla to Puerto Escondido - 55 minutes - 42 miles
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Puerto Escondido Mexico Time Zone and Current Weather
Bahia de Puerto Escondido
Time Zone - Puerto Escondido Mexico lies in the Central Standard Time Zone or CST. The clock time in this zone is based on the mean solar time of the 105th degree meridian west of the Greenwich Observatory. Central Standard Time (CST) is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-6). Puerto Escondido is two hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone and one hours behind the Eastern Time Zone. Oaxaca observing PDT = Pacific Daylight Time in summer
and PST = Pacific Standard (Tiempo del Pacifico) in winter.
Puerto Escondido Weather - Puerto Escondido has almost 300 days of sunshine per year. The climate is warm semi-humid with a year round temperature of 82 degrees F. The weather in Puerto Escondido during the summer months can reach over 100 degrees F. June through September is known as the rainy season; humidity is high as temps average mid-80s. September is the wettest month, Puerto Escondido only averages around 40 rain days a year. The water is warm and can reach 85 degrees F in the summer. October thru December are usually the best months for surfing.
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