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Villa Lumina, Guest Guide

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Villa Lumina, Guest Guide

Restaurants and Fast food
There are lots of places on and near the beach, these are some of the ones we go to.
Great burgers and fries. NOT high end!
The Spot Hamburguesas
Great burgers and fries. NOT high end!
The name the site gave is incorrect, it's just called Maná and is opposite Rockaway. Beach front restaurant, great pizzas, salads, breakfasts
Miscelanea El Mana
The name the site gave is incorrect, it's just called Maná and is opposite Rockaway. Beach front restaurant, great pizzas, salads, breakfasts
Everyone raves about the food here. I think it's just ok and has become kind of a Puerto myth. That being said, their bakery does great rolls, from salty to fruity. Also burger buns and bread
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El Cafecito
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Everyone raves about the food here. I think it's just ok and has become kind of a Puerto myth. That being said, their bakery does great rolls, from salty to fruity. Also burger buns and bread
Great food and juices
Spirulina
Great food and juices
Great pizza!!
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Benditos Ristorante Pizzeria Italiana
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Great pizza!!
Falafels and kebabs. I always want to go here and for some reason we never do.
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El Sultan
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Falafels and kebabs. I always want to go here and for some reason we never do.
locally made ice-cream. all fresh fruit, great product.
Helados Palma Negra Rinconada
locally made ice-cream. all fresh fruit, great product.
This was our go to date night spot, until I became vegetarian. Great fish, right on the beach, candles...
Pascale Restaurante Bar Grill
This was our go to date night spot, until I became vegetarian. Great fish, right on the beach, candles...
People rave about this place. I haven't been. I find it really hard to leave the villa after sunset! Let me know if you go :)
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Almoraduz Cocina de Autor
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People rave about this place. I haven't been. I find it really hard to leave the villa after sunset! Let me know if you go :)
These are FAMOUS in Puerto Escondido and a well-kept secret!
Smoked Fish Tacos El Viejo
2011 Puerto Angelito
These are FAMOUS in Puerto Escondido and a well-kept secret!
This place is great if you are in town with kids, it has a pool and shade. And happy hour!
Hotel Ines
S/n El Morro
This place is great if you are in town with kids, it has a pool and shade. And happy hour!
Essentials
Great well-stocked supermarket. Don't buy fish here though. Lots of foreign produce, local craft beers, wine and booze. Also cereal, sun cream, toys, shampoo etc
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Chedraui
105 Av. Oaxaca
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Great well-stocked supermarket. Don't buy fish here though. Lots of foreign produce, local craft beers, wine and booze. Also cereal, sun cream, toys, shampoo etc
Seems to have lots of great stuff you might crave. Also sells chilled wines and imported products.
Mini Super 69
15 Benito Juárez
Seems to have lots of great stuff you might crave. Also sells chilled wines and imported products.
Getting Around
One of three car rental places in Puerto, this has been in operation longest. Also Mexico Car Rental, which is a well-established national company
The three Kings
One of three car rental places in Puerto, this has been in operation longest. Also Mexico Car Rental, which is a well-established national company
Entertainment & Activities
There are yoga classes at Arte Shala, and Marea. The site won't let me add them, not sure why and a gym at Rockaway, Zica's Gym
It's the only one in Puerto, who knows - you might fancy a movie night!
Cinema Zicatela
It's the only one in Puerto, who knows - you might fancy a movie night!
Great diving school based out of Hotel Inés
Deep Blue Dive Mexico
Great diving school based out of Hotel Inés
My kids learnt to surf with these guys, I don't know if René and David are still there, but this place is solid and takes care of its students.
Central Surf
My kids learnt to surf with these guys, I don't know if René and David are still there, but this place is solid and takes care of its students.
Beaches and nature spots
For some reason Airbnb only lists places on their system. There is also - The Iguana Sanctuary on the coastal road. Chacahua Lagoons Chacahua is rich in biodiversity; a wide variety of birds and reptiles can be seen here. This magical lagoon is another place where visitors are able to enjoy the phenomenon of bioluminescence. A beautiful beach, also called Chacahua, lies across the lagoon. You can rent boats to travel through the lagoon
You can kayak on this lagoon and during the rainy season they have phosphoresnce tours, which are pretty cool.
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Laguna de Manialtepec
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You can kayak on this lagoon and during the rainy season they have phosphoresnce tours, which are pretty cool.
Great little cove for swimming, lots of palapa bars along the beach. Good for beginning surfers, hire a teacher before you get there.
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Carrizalillo
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Great little cove for swimming, lots of palapa bars along the beach. Good for beginning surfers, hire a teacher before you get there.
Great beach to watch surfers or surf. The current is strong though.
Playa Punta Zicatela
Great beach to watch surfers or surf. The current is strong though.
Great beach for younger kids, less waves. You can see a lot of cool fish snorkelling around here.
Playa Manzanillo
Great beach for younger kids, less waves. You can see a lot of cool fish snorkelling around here.
Puerto Escondido nestles among picturesque beaches, and is framed by giant rock formations. A warm and friendly atmosphere pervades the area, and the sunset is one of the best shows to be seen. If you are looking for nightlife, there are many great options, especially along the main street known as El Adoquín and on Zicatela. Zicatela stands out among the seven beaches to be found in Puerto Escondido and surfers come from around the world to conquer the famous Mexican Pipeline -experts say that Puerto Escondido’s waves rank 3rd in the world for surfers. It also has great restaurants, shops and bars. The main beach is great place to hire boats for fishing trips or to visit places of interest. Bacocho beach has a wide variety of hotels and is an oasis of peace and quiet. Other beaches are Marinero, Puerto Angelito, Manzanillo and Carrizalillo. These last two are perfect spots for lying back and enjoying the sun or taking part in any number of water-sports. La Punta is a surfer’s favourite and has lovely funky cafés, an organic store and palapa beach bars and local restaurants. Puerto Escondido offers everything from amazing waves to peaceful havens, as well as beautiful coral reefs; snorkeling and diving reveal a wide variety of multi-colored fish, mother of pearl and manta rays in an underwater paradise. It is also an excellent place for open-sea fishing for species such as sailfish, marlin, tuna and mahi-mahi. Connectivity Puerto Escondido’s International Airport receives thousands of tourists a year. At only 65 minutes from Mexico City and 30 from Oaxaca City, it is an excellent and speedy option. Traveling overland Puerto Escondido is only 261 Kms from Oaxaca and the drive takes visitors through stunning scenery and friendly villages.
Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido nestles among picturesque beaches, and is framed by giant rock formations. A warm and friendly atmosphere pervades the area, and the sunset is one of the best shows to be seen. If you are looking for nightlife, there are many great options, especially along the main street known as El Adoquín and on Zicatela. Zicatela stands out among the seven beaches to be found in Puerto Escondido and surfers come from around the world to conquer the famous Mexican Pipeline -experts say that Puerto Escondido’s waves rank 3rd in the world for surfers. It also has great restaurants, shops and bars. The main beach is great place to hire boats for fishing trips or to visit places of interest. Bacocho beach has a wide variety of hotels and is an oasis of peace and quiet. Other beaches are Marinero, Puerto Angelito, Manzanillo and Carrizalillo. These last two are perfect spots for lying back and enjoying the sun or taking part in any number of water-sports. La Punta is a surfer’s favourite and has lovely funky cafés, an organic store and palapa beach bars and local restaurants. Puerto Escondido offers everything from amazing waves to peaceful havens, as well as beautiful coral reefs; snorkeling and diving reveal a wide variety of multi-colored fish, mother of pearl and manta rays in an underwater paradise. It is also an excellent place for open-sea fishing for species such as sailfish, marlin, tuna and mahi-mahi. Connectivity Puerto Escondido’s International Airport receives thousands of tourists a year. At only 65 minutes from Mexico City and 30 from Oaxaca City, it is an excellent and speedy option. Traveling overland Puerto Escondido is only 261 Kms from Oaxaca and the drive takes visitors through stunning scenery and friendly villages.
Mazunte The National Mexican Turtle Center is located here and baby turtles are routinely returned to the ocean as part of the conservation activities undertaken by the center. Jazz fans are also in for a treat as the International Jazz Festival takes place here in November every year.
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Mazunte
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Mazunte The National Mexican Turtle Center is located here and baby turtles are routinely returned to the ocean as part of the conservation activities undertaken by the center. Jazz fans are also in for a treat as the International Jazz Festival takes place here in November every year.
Zipolite offers visitors warm clear waters with strong waves. Arts and crafts are sold here and this is one of the most famous nudist beaches in the world. El Alquimista is a famous food and drink spot. This is NOT a swimming beach.
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Zipolite, Oaxaca
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Zipolite offers visitors warm clear waters with strong waves. Arts and crafts are sold here and this is one of the most famous nudist beaches in the world. El Alquimista is a famous food and drink spot. This is NOT a swimming beach.
Ventanilla This is an ecological reserve with a lagoon. There are two incredibly important projects taking place here, reforestation of the mangrove forest and crocodile breeding. You can do tours in a small boat to see crocodiles and visit the mangroves.
Ventanilla Tonameca Oaxaca
Ventanilla This is an ecological reserve with a lagoon. There are two incredibly important projects taking place here, reforestation of the mangrove forest and crocodile breeding. You can do tours in a small boat to see crocodiles and visit the mangroves.
Shopping
I love visiting local shops and markets. I like to eat fresh, local and organic whenever possible. Also do quite a lot of pottering in shops around Puerto for the kids etc
There are lots of great stalls here. When the market does not have construction work going this is the layout. 1. local sellers selling small amounts of produce can be found on entering the market and going towards the left on the side of the market at the weekends. 2. Small producers sell their wares on the right hand side as you go in the main entrance, past the flowers and shoes. 3. We buy fish here and go to any of the stalls. To make fish steaks ask for 'lomo'. 4. If you are looking to buy varied fruit and vegetables and coal for the BBQ, the vendor at the last stall on the right has a good variety and also sells quesillo (local Oaxacan cheese) and tlayudas ( large tortillas that crisp up when grilled) 5. Local cheeses bottom left hand side; you can usually ask to taste with a smile, 'me da la prueba por favor?' 6. Fresh tortillas can be bought from the ladies making them on the left hand side of the market on the street side. Weirdly, they are in a cage.
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Benito Juarez Market
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There are lots of great stalls here. When the market does not have construction work going this is the layout. 1. local sellers selling small amounts of produce can be found on entering the market and going towards the left on the side of the market at the weekends. 2. Small producers sell their wares on the right hand side as you go in the main entrance, past the flowers and shoes. 3. We buy fish here and go to any of the stalls. To make fish steaks ask for 'lomo'. 4. If you are looking to buy varied fruit and vegetables and coal for the BBQ, the vendor at the last stall on the right has a good variety and also sells quesillo (local Oaxacan cheese) and tlayudas ( large tortillas that crisp up when grilled) 5. Local cheeses bottom left hand side; you can usually ask to taste with a smile, 'me da la prueba por favor?' 6. Fresh tortillas can be bought from the ladies making them on the left hand side of the market on the street side. Weirdly, they are in a cage.
Moringa is at the very end of La Punta by the surfing beach. You can find organic and local produce. I go here a lot. Good wholewheat bread local organic eggs salad, vegetables good pesto and vegan pesto Lots and lots of spices and pulses, quinoa, lentils, basmati rice Peanut/almond butter Tahini Granola Local craft beers (porter and stout from Oaxaca de Noche are very good) and wine from the North of Mexico (look for Proyecto 125). Natural beauty/ care products - active charcoal toothpaste, cream etc Vegan ( and I think non-vegan) muffins and cookies
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Moringa Fresh and Wild
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Moringa is at the very end of La Punta by the surfing beach. You can find organic and local produce. I go here a lot. Good wholewheat bread local organic eggs salad, vegetables good pesto and vegan pesto Lots and lots of spices and pulses, quinoa, lentils, basmati rice Peanut/almond butter Tahini Granola Local craft beers (porter and stout from Oaxaca de Noche are very good) and wine from the North of Mexico (look for Proyecto 125). Natural beauty/ care products - active charcoal toothpaste, cream etc Vegan ( and I think non-vegan) muffins and cookies
Good selection of meat Very good sausages; Italian and Argentinian for example Goat cheese from Oaxaca (look for Ricardi) You can order basil and arugula for the next day - huge amounts for not very much Organic eggs Good bread Local beers Quesillo Muesli (It's next to the Oxxo by the turn off to Zicatela)
Los Manjares
Good selection of meat Very good sausages; Italian and Argentinian for example Goat cheese from Oaxaca (look for Ricardi) You can order basil and arugula for the next day - huge amounts for not very much Organic eggs Good bread Local beers Quesillo Muesli (It's next to the Oxxo by the turn off to Zicatela)
Delicious chocolate cakes, got one for a birthday. Lemon and berry pound cake Everything looks amazing!
Dulce Tierra Bakery & Coffee shop
Delicious chocolate cakes, got one for a birthday. Lemon and berry pound cake Everything looks amazing!
Good little supermarket by Carizalillo beach. Sells Tilamook (?) cheddar and a lot of other cheese Cold white wine Selection of booze Products from Costco Asian products Pasta and noodles
Mini Super 69
15 Benito Juárez
Good little supermarket by Carizalillo beach. Sells Tilamook (?) cheddar and a lot of other cheese Cold white wine Selection of booze Products from Costco Asian products Pasta and noodles
Good supermarket, easy to find in Puerto Escondido. Look for - delicatessen aisle for Thai spice pastes, fancy pasta, olives etc Their own brand olive oil is fine Wide variety of wine and spirits They sell very good homemade potato chips, transparent bag and spicy peanuts (usually by the cheese/frozen produce) Organic milk and almond milk Natural yoghurt if you want it without sugar make sure to read the ingredients. Their own bread from the bakery isn't bad. Ham, cheese etc (they sell feta for example) Suncream, Shampoo etc Good for baby things, diapers, creams etc
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Chedraui
105 Av. Oaxaca
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Good supermarket, easy to find in Puerto Escondido. Look for - delicatessen aisle for Thai spice pastes, fancy pasta, olives etc Their own brand olive oil is fine Wide variety of wine and spirits They sell very good homemade potato chips, transparent bag and spicy peanuts (usually by the cheese/frozen produce) Organic milk and almond milk Natural yoghurt if you want it without sugar make sure to read the ingredients. Their own bread from the bakery isn't bad. Ham, cheese etc (they sell feta for example) Suncream, Shampoo etc Good for baby things, diapers, creams etc
Good spot for organic produce sells tempeh cookies vegetables peanut /almond butter by the weight tahini incense to keep mosquitos away.
Señor Salud
432 Av. Costa Chica
Good spot for organic produce sells tempeh cookies vegetables peanut /almond butter by the weight tahini incense to keep mosquitos away.
Good place for own brand/ generic medicine and suncream (pink and a bit thick but works and is cheap)
Farmacias Similares
603 Av. Oaxaca
Good place for own brand/ generic medicine and suncream (pink and a bit thick but works and is cheap)
Rashguards, surf shorts, t-shirts etc. Air-con!!
Squalo
Rashguards, surf shorts, t-shirts etc. Air-con!!
There are two locations one here and one on Rinconada. I will never understand why people like to eat here, I think the food is bland and not cheap (the only reason I would assume people would queue to get in) BUT their bakery sells, sweet mango rolls, chocolate croissant, banana bread and savory rolls; spinach, tuna or ham and cheese. Good for snacks and picnics. Also some savory bread and burger buns - but make sure it doesn't contain sugar ( es pan salado?)
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El Cafecito
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There are two locations one here and one on Rinconada. I will never understand why people like to eat here, I think the food is bland and not cheap (the only reason I would assume people would queue to get in) BUT their bakery sells, sweet mango rolls, chocolate croissant, banana bread and savory rolls; spinach, tuna or ham and cheese. Good for snacks and picnics. Also some savory bread and burger buns - but make sure it doesn't contain sugar ( es pan salado?)
Useful information
My cell phone mobile:0449515690371 from abroad: +5219515690371 GUADALUPE HERNANDEZ (speaks Spanish only) gpehdzv12@hotmail.com mobile: +52 1 954 103 6026
Doctor Emma +52 1 954 588 5707 She works out of a clinic in La Barra, on the way to Puerto Escondido. She lives there and is generally available. Very good general doctor and good with kids. CALLE PRINCIPAL BARRA DE NAVIDAD, 70934 Oax. RXFH+X2 Brisas de Zicatela, Oaxaca
Barra Medical Center
Doctor Emma +52 1 954 588 5707 She works out of a clinic in La Barra, on the way to Puerto Escondido. She lives there and is generally available. Very good general doctor and good with kids. CALLE PRINCIPAL BARRA DE NAVIDAD, 70934 Oax. RXFH+X2 Brisas de Zicatela, Oaxaca
Car rental that has an office in the airport
Los Tres Reyes
Car rental that has an office in the airport