Top 10 Things to do in Mazunte, Mexico

March 27, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Mazunte is a small beach town on the Pacific coast in Oaxaca, Mexico (15°39′53″N 96°33′14″W / 15.66485°N 96.55388°W / 15.66485; -96.55388). It is located 22 km southwest of San Pedro Pochutla on coastal Highway 200. Mazunte is located some 10 km to the west of Puerto Angel and just about 1 km from San Agustinillo and 264 km south of the capital of Oaxaca. There are two etymologies for the name. Some sources state that “Mazunte” is derived from a Nahuatl phrase, “maxotetia” which means “please deposit eggs here.” However, older residents of the community state that it is from the word “mizontle,” used by locals to refer to a crab species that used to be very abundant in the area.
Restaurants in Mazunte

1. Punta Cometa

Mazunte, Mexico
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5 based on 421 reviews

Punta Cometa

Reviewed By Karen F - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Join the hippies on a trek 1 km up the mountain and out to the point, to watch the sunset over stunning ocean views. The path starts at the cemetery, so easier to ask for directions to THAT than the trail itself. Take a flashlight in case you don't head back down before it gets dark.

2. Ola Verde Expediciones

Calle el Rinconcito, Mazunte 70949, Mexico
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5 based on 80 reviews

Ola Verde Expediciones

We are a professional adventure company, specialized in rivers. We are here to take you on the best combination, the tranquil and beautiful beach with the fun rivers of the mountain in the backyard of the Oaxacan coast.Rafting or River Hike always good times!! Somos profesionales en turismo de aventura, especializados en actividades en los rios, estamos aqui para que disfrutes de la mejor combinacion, las tranquilas y hermosas playas de Oaxaca con los divertidos rios que se encuentran en la montana justo atras de la playa.Ya sea en Rafting o en River Hike, siempre vamos a disfrutar!

Reviewed By Marjolaine P - Hoi An, Vietnam

We chose the river hike since in this period of the year, there were no other activities available. It resulted to be an excellent choice! Our guide Daniel was very friendly and explained us in a very detailed way how we had to manage for the differents steps of the hike, and the security rules. We had a lot of fun and adrenaline, and also a simple and delicious breakfast and "pineapple time" in the river. We always felt very safe and enjoyed the adventure a lot. The landscapes we saw were beautiful. We recommend it to anyone wanting to do something a little bit different from the beach and the sea in Mazunte, it will be the occasion to discover another aspects of the wonderful region of Oaxaca.

3. Laguna Ventanilla

Playa La Ventanilla | Avenida principal, Mazunte, Mexico +52 249 596 0410
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4.5 based on 203 reviews

Laguna Ventanilla

Reviewed By Nelson N

We had friends to visited it previously and strongly recommended it. Taxis charged 80 pesos from Mazunte but the local bus (colectivo) charges 5 pesos each person. It is a 10 minute-ride. Note the local colectivo is not appropriate for elderly people or people with motor disabilities. We received a great explanation at the beginning. Note we selected the red tour. This includes only wild life tour around the pond in contrast with the white tour run by a different group that apparently has animals in captivity. We saw several birds and iguanas but we didn't see crocodiles. At the end, the splashed water and "called the crocodiles" by whistling which did not sound so spontaneous. It is better to do it during a cloudy day. Anyway, the whole explanation about the pond cycles, beach sand types and wild life was appropriate.

4. Playa Mazunte

Mazunte, Mexico
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Playa Mazunte

Reviewed By Nelson N

We loved this place from the arrival moment. We found everything enchanting: the little town, the atmosphere, the energetic ocean waves. We strongly recommend staying by El Rinconcito where going into the ocean water is safer. It is a perfect place for couples looking for a calm vacation time. It is not a massive touristic place one hour away from Huatulco airport. Notes, airport taxis charge 800-1100 pesos to bring you there. We recommend ti call to your hotel and arrange a 500 pesos-airport pick up. All visited restaurants were great.

5. Hridaya Yoga

Carretera Federal 175, Mazunte 70949, Mexico +52 1 958 100 8958
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4.5 based on 151 reviews

Hridaya Yoga

Hridaya Yoga sits atop an attractive hill with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Our four yoga halls and our sustainably-built accommodations offer an atmosphere of serenity and simple luxury. In addition to daily meditations, Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats, yoga courses, Dark Room Retreats, workshops, and annual Teacher Training Course, the Hridaya Yoga Center boasts an active calendar of supplementary events, including movie nights, Heart Chakra Meditations, Bhajans, and inspiring lectures. Hridaya Yoga's vegetarian dining room offers delicious meals at affordable prices, made and served with love. We warmly invite you to join us in Mazunte, and on the path of the Spiritual Heart.

Reviewed By joanne S - Tucson, Arizona

The retreat was the genesis of a profound experience that is still revealing itself. All aspects of the meditation, yoga and lecture sessions are well planned and clearly presented. The accommodations are simple but appropriate to the retreat environment, food is delicious, fresh and lovingly prepared.

6. Sunset Paddle Tours

Calle Rinconcito | Rinconcito, Restaurante El Pescador, Mazunte 70947, Mexico
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5 based on 39 reviews

Sunset Paddle Tours

Reviewed By Sharon K - Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Simply amazing!! First time I went out paddling with Sunset Paddle Tours, we watched a truly spectacular sunset while having a picnic on the boards after a good session of paddling on the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Mazunte. Paddling is challenging but quite fun once you find the way, and Kino makes sure that everyone is safe at all times. Second time we went out we saw lots of turtles and even whales from a very short distance, the closest was like 5 m away from us! Totally priceless! I also got to practice Stand Up Paddle Yoga on the board and of course lots of paddling :) Unforgettable experience, everyone who visits Mazunte should not miss it.

7. National Mexican Turtle Center

Carretera Puerto Angel- San Antonio Kilometro 10 | Col. Sta. Maria Tonameca, Mazunte 70902, Mexico +52 55 5449 7000
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4 based on 210 reviews

National Mexican Turtle Center

Reviewed By msd204 - Manitoba, Canada

Pretty basic place: outdoor enclosures and tanks with turtles in them, information placards (mostly in Spanish) and a handful of indoor enclosures (some of which don't even have real turtles in them!) There's also an informational film you can watch inside, with a choice of Spanish or English narration.
The place could use some work. It's not as visitor-friendly as the Tortugranja on Isla Mujeres, but I'm glad there's a place dedicated to turtle conservation on Mexico's Pacific Coast.
I went here without signing up for a tour. Some may benefit from going with a tour group, especially as part of a multi-site day trip, but I didn't feel it was necessary. I just spent the day walking around town and hiking up to Punta Cometa.

8. Comunidad Om Shanti

Camino al Aguaje s/n, Mazunte 70947, Mexico +52 916 111 8171
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5 based on 11 reviews

Comunidad Om Shanti

Comunidad Om Shanti -Personal & Community Development Center. This is a place where you can feel at home. Surrounded by beautiful nature is the perfect environment to go deep on an inner journey. People from all over the world come to visit us and share some of their time living in community and serving others through Volunteer Exchange or through our Yoga Teachers Training courses.

Reviewed By Lolotte L

This community helped me a lot to reconnect, discover and improve myself. The teachers are very open, peacefull and amazing. Joy and light are radiating in this place! The teachings are a true bless and easy to learn...
Welcome to a paradise for those who seek their truth and the happiness !

9. Playa Mermejita

Mazunte 70946, Mexico
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5 based on 8 reviews

Playa Mermejita

Reviewed By Norma96 - Sechelt, Canada

I really enjoy Mermejita, it's a little less busy than Mazunte and Rinconcito and there is also access to Punta Cometa. It's not safe to swim at this beach, you'll probably see quite a few people doing it anyway, ignore that. The waves are very strong and high, and there is a current that could pull you out to sea. I've been here every year for 4 years and I always hear stories about who died this year getting carried off or drowning. Don't let me scare you from enjoying this beautiful view or playing after the break of the waves. I just would highly recommend fully going into the water.

10. Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga

KM 7 Carretera a San Antonio, Mazunte, Mexico
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4 based on 10 reviews

Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga

Reviewed By Juanita C - Toronto, Canada

I visited the turtle centre to help a cause. The turtle centre was set up after most of the turtle population was hunted to the point that there were almost none left in the area. Once the government set a ban they opened the centre to give jobs to the fisherman who were not longer able to hunt the turtles. Now there are so many beautiful turtles at the centre and on the area Beaches. To me this is an amazing show of what we can do to help the environment and I love it.

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