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novato1953
1/22/2018 19:35 EST

I'm lolling around in Oaxaca and thinking about Zipolite, where I last visited about 30 years ago. Seems to have changed a tad. Now I'm retired and forced to budget. Anyone have recent lodging experience there they'd base a recommendation on?

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grapenut
1/23/2018 09:42 EST

in mexico it is always more expensive where there r more americans present. that yankee dollar causes rent to be higher. living in cities where there isnt a lot of visible yankees is best. rent is cheaper anD the people r friendly; like CIUDAD JUAREZ

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novato1953
1/23/2018 10:37 EST

Thanks.

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novato1953
1/23/2018 17:53 EST

Any recent Zipolite visitors care to offer info?

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longtimelurker
1/23/2018 22:28 EST

Not a recent visitor, about 5 year back. Not much there but a great beach and good surf.

I hung out there in my RV for several weeks. I was there in the summer and we had the whole beach to ourselves.

There are several small towns close by you should check, just look on google maps. With so many run down looking places rent couldn't be that high a couple of rows off the water.

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novato1953
1/24/2018 11:45 EST

Thanks. I know the geography from previous trips, although Google satellite maps show a whole lot of buildings that weren't on the beach last time I was there. Thing is the online hotels I see are much more than I want to pay. The bus from here to there is scheduled for 10.5 hours, which likely means 12 hours, and if I can't find a place I can afford I'll need to do it twice, back-to-back. Hence, my question. Let me ask you this: Is the road between Puerto Angel and Zipolite now paved?

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novato1953
1/24/2018 12:47 EST

By the way, I've been receiving private messages from one of our faithful readers (you know who you are) asking me questions about Oaxaca and Guatemala. My replies keep coming back undeliverable, the dreaded daemon notice. Sorry.

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LeiaRowan
1/24/2018 14:57 EST

You are right, there is no "reasonably priced" accomodation in Zipolite. Try basing from Pochutla, not on the beach but a short collectivo or cab ride to good beach areas.

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novato1953
1/24/2018 16:09 EST

Thanks. Any place in particular you enjoyed?

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LeiaRowan
1/24/2018 18:09 EST

Prices change fast, a hostel on the main street, and there is a hotel down the side street beside the bus terminal that was a bargain. Sorry it has been a few years dince i was there... If you are coming from Oaxaca city, make sure to stop in San Jose del Pacifico, on top the mountain. Try the local mescal and especially the hongos:-)

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novato1953
1/24/2018 19:32 EST

Either I've been taking the wrong stuff all these years or they're hongas. Miahuatlan is world HQ for mescal -- which has gotten pricey in the city. Used to be maybe $1.50US a liter -- now it's $13 a fifth.

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LeiaRowan
1/25/2018 06:55 EST

IDK what you been taking, hongos is what they are called in San Jose del Pacifico! And they are about the best this old Hippie Chica has had yet!! As to the mescal, I believe it is made in the town too, homemade squeezin's sorta.
And there are several affordable hostels, one across the road from the collectivo stop is 100 pesos a night and the cafe makes good coffee. The old one up the hill and 'round the corner was 25 pesos, but there are no beds, ya just sorta crash where you are sitting in stuffed chairs etc,..
Try it, see what you think, let me know!:--).

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EcuadorDean

From: Ecuador
7/30/2018 11:04 EST

Why not try airbnb for a while and then when you are there you can see for yourself what the prices are. They will always be higher on the internet,

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hrlee7804
7/30/2018 19:53 EST

We were in Oaxaca a few months back. Rented a car and went to the beaches from Huatulco to Puerto Escondito. Spent about 10 days there. Yes the road from Puerto Angel to Zipolite is paved and pretty heavily traveled. The water was great and lots of activity. Downside for us is any major shopping and medical is a distance. The 8 hr drive to Oaxaca City is too far for us. Puerto Escondito has some size to it and so does Huatulco but no big enough for us for major shopping and Medical. The other thing we did not like is there is no homes on the water to buy except condo stuff. We keep going back to the beaches above Merida in Yucatan. Property is better priced and ON the water....downside there is it is the Gulf not the Oceans. Riverish water not the nice blue stuff of post cards. Merida, population 700,000 is 30 mins away.

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