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Your Ultimate 5-Day Guide to Puerto Escondido

Updated: Mar 13

You've either made it to Puerto Escondido or you're currently researching a visit, either way — you won't regret being here. Puerto Escondido, which translates to "Hidden Port" in English, is a charming coastal town nestled in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Legend has it that the name "Puerto Escondido" originated from the tale of a woman who escaped her captors and sought refuge here.

Initially established in the 1930s, the town's bay served as a port for coffee shipments, but it lacked a permanent settlement due to limited access to potable water. However, over the years, Puerto Escondido has blossomed into one of the Oaxacan coast's premier tourist destinations, attracting a diverse crowd including surfers, international backpackers, and Mexican families.

So, how do you make the most of your time in this tropical paradise? We've crafted the ultimate 5-Day guide for you, ensuring a perfect blend of fitness, relaxation, adventure, and, of course, delicious food! Plus, as a SHRED Member, you'll score exclusive discounts at all our recommended spots.

Let's dive right in:

Day 1 - Sunday:

  • 09:00 am: Start your morning with a power smoothie at Yaab Vegan Kitchen, enjoying 20% off as a SHRED Member. Our favourite: the Spirulina Cielito with blue spirulina, banana, cinnamon and vanilla

  • 10:00 am: Join a Yoga Beat Class at Casa de las Olas for a dynamic workout that'll lift your spirits.

  • 11:30 am: Indulge in a hearty breakfast at Malagua e.g. “La tradi”: homemade sourdough bread with avocado cream, radish and poached organic eggs and savour a free coffee with your order.

  • 12:30 - 15:30 pm: Take a siesta to beat the midday heat.

  • 15:30 pm: Rent a scooter from Moto Vida and explore nearby beaches like Playa Coral or Playa Carrizalillo.

  • 19:30 pm: End your day with delicious ceviche at Chicama. Make sure to come early to this local favourite as lines will get longer the later it gets.

vegan smoothie

Day 2 - Monday:

  • 09:00 am: Catch some waves with a surfing class from Blue Beach Surf School, enjoying a 10% discount for SHRED members.

  • 11:00 am: Surfing makes you hungry! Refuel with a delicious breakfast at Papi Bowls in Riconada. Try the Poke Deluxe Bowl with sushi rice, salmon, avocado, carrot, seasonal fruit, beets, sprouts, marinated onions and sesame seeds - yummy! Get a free coffee or Agua del Dia with your order!

  • 12:30 - 15:30 pm: It’s siesta time again to recharge for the afternoon.

  • 15:30 pm: Wake up for an afternoon workout and enjoy a coffee and cookie at Amarisa before you get started.

  • 17:00 pm: Join our signature SHRED 30 Class at Casa de las Olas for a Tabata-style full-body workout that uses bodyweight, resistance bands & high energy to gain strength, burn calories & feel great.

  • 19:00 pm: Watch the sunset at La Punta Beach and make new friends at the volleyball fields.

  • 19:30 pm: Embrace Mexican culture with a salsa or bachata class at Timba Na'Ma.

  • 20:30 pm: Enjoy a late, well deserved dinner at Piyoli - you’ll find plenty of nourishing, vegetarian options on the menu and get 10% off the entire dinner menu!

girl surfing in puerto escondido

Day 3 - Tuesday:

  • 07:30 am: Rise and shine early bird! Start your day with a wholesome morning at Calibra. Join Seri for a morning filled with aerial yoga, breathwork, ice baths, a gym workout, sauna and a meticulously crafted multi-course superfood lunch from local produce.

  • 12:00 - 17:00 pm: Relax with a siesta or explore Playa Bacocho.

  • 17:00 pm: Feel empowered with SHRED EmPower at Hotel Nectar — a self-defence class designed to boost your confidence.

  • 18:00 pm: Catch the sunset and enjoy a mezcalita at Punta Vida's rooftop bar. Best views in town guaranteed!

  • 19:30 pm: Indulge in some of the best tacos in town at Fish Shack and get 10% off ceviches, salads, and veggies. Our secret tip: the coco fried shrimp tacos - mouth watering good!!

aerial yoga in puerto escondido

Day 4 - Wednesday:

  • 08:00 am: Start your morning with SHRED Strong at Hotel Nectar, a circuit-based class that incorporates HIIT, with a focus on building strength. After class, get some work done at Nectar’s co-working rooftop or take a dip in the pool.

  • 10:00 am: Head to Sativa’s beautiful terrace for a good, nourishing brunch. Order the Plato Brunch with eggs, fresh cheese, cucumber salad with tomato, avocado, rosemary potatoes, nuts, fresh fruit, bread, butter and green tomato jam. As a SHRED member, get a free coffee or water of the day.

  • 12:00 - 15:00 pm: Siesta time—recharge for your afternoon adventure.

  • 15:00 - 20:00 pm: Embark on a Horseback Riding tour to the hot springs. No prior experience is necessary, and we guarantee you'll have the time of your life. Enjoy breathtaking nature views, river crossings, and experience the healing power of the hot springs. Book your adventure with Eco Adventures Puerto Escondido and receive a 10% discount on all their tours.

  • 20:30 pm: After an exhilarating day, you're probably feeling hungry. But don't worry, we've got you covered! Head over to Gustav Grün for a healthy and filling dinner. Here, you can customise your own bowl, box, or burrito with a variety of tasty toppings. Our secret tip? Try the vegan shawarma—it's simply delicious. Plus, as a bonus, you'll receive a free agua de dia with your purchase.

horseback riding in puerto escondido

Day 5 - Thursday:

  • 08:30 am: Kickstart your day with our invigorating Vinyasa Flow Yoga class at Casa de las Olas. This practice emphasises seamless movement between postures, guided by intentional breath, leaving you feeling refreshed and energised for the day.

  • 10:00 am: Keep the good vibes flowing with a delicious breakfast at Jaguar Negro. Indulge in their French Toast topped with berries, fresh fruits, frosting, maple syrup, and cocoa nibs. As a SHRED member, enjoy 10% off the entire menu.

  • 11:30 am: After a satisfying meal, it's time to unwind. Treat yourself to a massage at Calma Spa, where SHRED members receive 15% off a 60 or 90-minute massage. Choose from Relaxing, Deep Tissue, or Sport massages—it's worth every minute!

  • 13:00 - 16:00 pm: It's siesta time! Take a break and recharge for the rest of the day's adventures.

  • 16:00 pm: Preparing for a big night out? Head to Coconut Beauty Room and get pampered with a manicure, pedicure, lash lift, or other services, all at a 10% discount. You'll be ready to shine!

  • 18:00 pm: Take a leisurely stroll along La Punta Beach and soak in the stunning sunset views.

  • 19:00 pm: Start your evening with an atmospheric dinner at Mombasa. Be sure to check out their schedule for events and upcoming DJ sets—it's the perfect start to your night out.

  • 20:30 pm: Head to Punta Origen for Open Mic Night, a local favourite. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, sip on delicious cocktails, and indulge in tasty treats from the food stalls.

  • 23:00 pm: Keep the party going! Head over to Zicatela to experience the vibrant nightlife and dance the night away at the clubs.

french toast breakfast puerto escondido

Do you have two extra days to spend? Then we suggest a weekend getaway to the picturesque hippie town Mazunte, just around 1 hour away from Puerto Escondido. Make sure to climb up to Punta Cometa for sunset - it’s worth every step. Alternatively, head to Oaxaca City for a city break - the new highway just opened and you’ll make it into the city in only around 3 hours.

Of course, these are just suggestions, and we're confident you'll make the most of your time here in Puerto Escondido no matter what. As you've noticed, we've partnered with various establishments around town to offer discounts for our SHRED members, making a SHRED Pass a worthwhile investment during your stay. Be sure to stay updated on our Instagram page and website for upcoming events and special promotions.

We're thrilled that you've discovered this hidden gem on the Mexican coast and can't wait for you to experience all our favourite hotspots. Happy exploring!



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