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A beach town in Oaxaca famous for its sea turtles

Mazunte is a small beach town located in the state of Oaxaca and it is mostly known for its beautiful beaches and its marine turtles.


The word Mazunte is believed to derive from the Nahuatl phrase “maxotetia”, which translates into “Please, deposit eggs here”, however, old folk say that this is untrue and it derives from the word “mizonte”, used to refer to the species of crabs that used to abound in the area.


Boats at the beach offer tours to Puerto Ángel, Zipotle, La Mina, La Boquilla, Ventanilla and Estacahuite, other nearby beach towns as well as tours to watch whales, dolphins, turtles and manta rays.


If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, you can head to other, less developed beaches like Playa Mermejeta located in Punta Cometa, a small peninsula off the coast of Oaxaca and best known for its marine mammals and birds, before the Spanish conquered the area, it was used as a military based by the Aztecs, and Playa Escobilla, located to the west of the main beaches.


The Mexican Center of Turtles is an four hectare aquarium and research center for turtles just next to the main beach. It has every species of turtles found in Mexico from all ages.

How to get there

Fly: The nearest airport is the International Airport of Huatulco, located about 40 kilometers away

From Oaxaca City by bus: At the 1ra Clase Station (Calz. Héroes de Chapultepec Núm. 1036), take a bus in direction to Pochutla with the "Cristobal Colon" bus company.