9 tips for a perfect romantic getaway in Puerto Escondido

Planning a romantic getaway in Puerto Escondido? Or a honeymoon, wedding or special occasion in Mexico? Puerto Escondido’s sultry nights and swaying palms trees are so naturally romantic, you don’t have to do much to create an unforgettable getaway for two. But if you’re looking for something extra special or just want to ramp up the romance factor on your next beach getaway for two, here are some ideas and key ingredients for creating a memorable romantic getaway in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico:

9 Tips for a Romantic Getaway in Puerto Escondido

1. Choose a Romantic Hotel


Swimming pool at Hotel Escondido Puerto Escondido

Dreamy swimming pool at Hotel Escondido facing the wild Pacific

An extra special hotel is a key ingredient for a romantic getaway in Puerto Escondido. You don’t want screaming kids, traffic or construction noise to interrupt your time together. Pair seclusion with some pampering, add fine food and drink and you’ve created the perfect backdrop for your romantic getaway. Our top picks for romantic hotels in Puerto Escondido include the Hotel Santa Fe, Villas Carrizalillo and  Hotel Escondido.  Or further afield, both  Zoa Resort ( Mazunte) and Secrets Resort & Spa ( Huatulco) are ultra romantic hotels for a couples getaway. It might seem early to be thinking about February getaways but Valentine’s Day but President’s Day is on Monday the 19th of February 2018 which means mid-February will be in high demand at the best hotels.

Insider tip: Try checking room rates on HotelsCombined.com. This free search engine compares rates on Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com and all the top travel sites and lists them in order of price, so you can select the best room package possible. I just used HotelsCombined.com to book at room at Holiday Inn Huatulco   and scored a rate of  $85 CAD (including breakfast and taxes) per night compared to the $104.50  I found on my own.

2. Dine by Candlelight

Santa Fe Hotel Puerto Escondido Mexico

Hotel Santa Fe is a gracious Grand Dame with atmospheric dining

Is there anything more primordial than fire? Dine on French cuisine and fresh lobster beneath the palm trees at Pascale Restaurant on Playa Principal. The candlelight, the lapping of waves and attentive service will create the perfect romantic backdrop for an unforgettable evening for two. It’s also possible to reserve private dining on the soft sand of Manzanillo Beach while you watch the stars rise high in the sky. Just be sure to reserve well in advance with Palapa de Carrasco. Hotel Santa Fe is also very romantic at night with the flickering lanterns casting shadows on the burnished pastel walls of this classic Grand Dame.

3. Escape to a Nude Beach

Photo by Yoann Boyer on Unsplash

Photo by Yoann Boyer on Unsplash

Lose your inhibitions (and maybe even some of your clothing ) on a secluded stretch of sand. Top spots include Aragon and Zipolite beaches near Mazunte, a short jaunt  from Puerto Escondido and Huatulco. You can take the Sur bus to Pochutla (or get dropped off on Highway 200) and then take a taxi to Zipolite.  Zipolite is Mexico’s most legendary nude beach ( unofficially nude so don’t try prancing through town) but its clothing-optional stretch of sand is just one of the many reasons to fall in love with Mazunte. 

4. Slurp Some Fresh Oysters

Raw oysters are a natural aphrodisiac

Indulge in a platter of fresh-from-the-sea raw oysters, a known aphrodisiac, while lounging on the beach. At both Playa Manzanillo and Playa Carrizalillo you’ll see fisherman diving for oysters and you can order them by the dozen served with fresh lime juice.

5. Unwind with a Couples Massage

Temazcal spa at Vivo Resorts Puerto Escondido

Enjoy a purification ritual in the temazcal spa at Vivo Resorts Puerto Escondido

Feeling stressed? Unwind with a couples massage and soak in a bath of milk and honey at Temazcalli Spa. Or, visit the new indoor-outdoor spa complete with a temazcal steam bath at Vivo Resorts, nine miles from Puerto Escondido. Learn more about massage therapy in Puerto Escondido.

6. Go to Paris – in Mexico

Paris le Bistro Restaurant Puerto Escondido

Mais oui! It’s Paris in Mexico

Paris may claim to be the most romantic city in the world, but it doesn’t have palm trees. Dine on coq au vin on the leafy terrace at Paris Le Bistro restaurant on the Rinconada and listen to French love ballads under a twinkling Eiffel Tower. You’ll soon fall in love with your own private City of Light.

7. Sip Cocktails at Sunset

Sunset at La Punta Mexico

Sunset at La Punta Mexico

Sunsets make the perfect setting for romantic cocktails, dinners or strolls along the beach. Enjoy a fabulous Pacific Coast sunset while sipping a margarita or mezcal cocktail at Fresh Restaurant on Zicatela Beach. Or, head to Espadin Restaurant or the aptly-named Sunset Bar  located within Villas Carrizalillo near the Rinconada. Hotel Santa Fe is also a favourite spot to watch the sun drop below the horizon.

8. Get Serenaded with Love Ballads

Get in a romantic mood by requesting your favourite love song or a classic Mexican love ballad from one of the roving troubadors who stroll the beaches of Puerto Escondido. You can most often find them on Manzanillo Beach and Playa Principal on the weekends. Not sure what songs to request? Check out our post with a playlist of love ballads to request from mariachis in Mexico.

9. Shower Yourselves with Roses

Rosas in the mercado Puerto Escondido

Roses, roses and more roses in the Benito Juarez Mercado

Nothing says “I love you” like a bouquet of romantic flowers. You don’t need to skimp on roses in Puerto Escondido. You can splurge on an armful of fragrant roses for a fraction of the price you’d pay at home. They’re also fresher and will last much longer than roses you buy anywhere else in North America. To kick off your romantic getaway in Puerto Escondido with a flurry of blooms, just head to the Benito Juarez Market where there’s a special flower section. Here you’ll see flower vendors offering a wide variety of roses as well as paper white calla lilies, bird of paradise and brilliant red anthuriums. For 200 MXN (around $20) you can get a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

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Read our Essential Puerto Escondido Travel Guide for more information on hotels, beaches, things to do, day trips and more in Puerto Escondido.

Michele Peterson
Michele Peterson
Dividing her time between Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is an award-winning writer, blogger, editor and publisher who specializes in travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyles.
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