How to Celebrate Australia Day in Puerto Escondido
Puerto’s ex-pat community is an incredible melting pot of Canadians, Americans, Europeans and Australians — and each of them celebrates their home country’s national holiday with their own unique enthusiasm and patriotic pride. If you’re in Puerto for the winter season, you can party like an Aussie and celebrate Australia Day on January 26th. This annual holiday commemorates the first landing in Australia by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 and Australians celebrate ‘Straya Day with plenty of national pride, flying the Australian flag and celebrating in true Aussie style with music, cold beer, grilled meat on the barbie and traditional Australian meat pies.
In Puerto Escondido, there are lots of places to join in the celebrations. Your best bets for authentic Aussie meat pies is Aqua Luna Hotel near Dan’s Cafe overlooking Zicatela beach or el Lugar in La Punta.
When I first arrived in Puerto Escondido (and before we got our own place), Aqua Luna Hotel was one of my favourite places to stay. And it wasn’t just for the traditional Aussie meat pies. Although I did eat my fair share of those delicious treats. This sleek, minimalist boutique hotel owned by an Australian long boarder and his Mexican partner and wife, offers a sophisticated escape complete with pearl-white walls, a violet-hued swimming pool and a bit of a Miami SoBe vibe.
An ocean view rooftop deck complete with jacuzzi is a perfect perch for bring-your-own-cocktail hour watching Puerto’s famous sunsets or for early morning checks to see if the surf’s up. It also gets great wifi so was a favourite spot for me to work.
But Aqua Luna also happens to serve up fantastic house-made meat pies, flaky pastry crust that opens to reveal steaming hot spiced ground beef. If there was an Aussie-pie contest in Puerto Escondido, these pies would win hands-down. On Australia Day the Aqua Luna Pool Party– complete with music, cheap beer and meat pies — begins at noon. The meat pies disappear fast, so get there as soon as you can. If you miss it, don’t worry, they often serve meat pies on other special occasions.
Hotel Aqua Luna is located at the corner Calle Vista Hermosa and Jasmines just below Highway 200
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