Our favorite vacation spot ever. My girlfriend and I vacationed together at this spot for 7 days in May.
This part of Mexico has something for everyone, a mixture of serenity and a dose of adventure if you enjoy a sense of discovery and a rustic feel. There are gorgeous beaches to explore, each one different from the next. We boogie boarded in Zipolite, body surfed in Mezunte, enjoyed the tranquility of Bahia de la Luna, and bountiful snorkeling at Estachuite. We took a bioluminescence tour, mezcal tour, and a baby turtle tour with Angela’s husband, Cesar. If you can, take an adventure tour with Cesar. He knows a ton about the area and the tours were a lot of fun. Cesar also recommended many great restaurants in the area, including Fish & Love in Zipolite and pizza at La Terminita in San Augustinillo, both delicious. Our favorite was El Aquimista in Zipolite. The shopping in each village was fun and varied. We cooked plenty of meals, and enjoyed buying pescada fresca and Oaxacan cheese from local vendors.
The property is exquisite. Beautifully kept and well-maintained. Staff Jose Luis, Angela, and Salvador were always helpful and available to call taxis, etc. We enjoyed many nights swimming in the pool and looking at the stars. The view of the infinity pool and the open ocean seemed like it is straight from a movie set.
For any LGBTQ folks looking to vacation, this seemed to be a very gay-friendly area. Zipolite is apparently known to be a nude, gay beach. We were welcomed with tolerance and acceptance the entire time by staff, locals, and other tourists.
Also noteworthy is how safe the area felt. There is negative press in the U.S. regarding cartels and violence in Mexico, which is apparently not active in this part of the country. These are more sleepy beach towns that have a laid back vibe. We have never felt safer. We relied on taxis to get around the entire time. The roads are tricky and taxis are reasonable. One night, it was Mother’s Day, so it was unusually difficult to find a taxi. Each local person stopped to help us until we found one. The Villa Paraiso staff and local people truly made us feel welcomed and like this was our home for a week.
We will tell ourselves that it is not goodbye, but rather, it is hasta luego. :)
Gracias, Edgar for a stay that exceeded our wildest expectations!