New highway is great boon for visitors

The opening of the new Puerto Escondido-Oaxaca highway in February has been great news for tourists.

The highway provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy two great but distinct destinations during one trip to the state of Oaxaca. Until now travel by road between Oaxaca city and Puerto Escondido has been time-consuming and, unless you rented a car or car and driver, uncomfortable. You would have to spend six or seven hours in a small van on a winding mountain highway or travel 12 hours by bus.

Now it’s three hours on a brand new highway.

Since the highway opened more than a dozen of our guests have arrived by bus from Oaxaca and nearly as many went up to Oaxaca after staying with us.

The ADO bus line is now operating on the new highway. Fare for the three-hour trip, at the time of writing, is MXN $300 and there are several departures every day.

Another service is operated by Coatlanes Ruta-Costa, with more frequent departures than ADO but possibly more stops en route. Fare was also 300 pesos as of mid-March.

The fastest way to travel between Oaxaca city and Puerto Escondido is on a 40-minute flight with Aerotucán. The views are spectacular.

ADO is also an option if you’re traveling to Zandoyo from Huatulco.

Or we can arrange a van or car to pick you up at the airport and bring you to our door for MXN $2,200. The price can be reduced if there are other passengers to share the cost.

Transportation in Puerto

Taxi fares have gone through the roof in the past year. Visitors who plan to see some of the surrounding area are well advised to rent a car. A scooter, motorcycle or ATV is also an option if you don’t plan on going far. It doesn’t take many trips around town before you’ve saved a bundle on taxis.

A meme appeared on Facebook recently observing that it was cheaper to take the bus to Oaxaca on the new highway (300 pesos) than to take a taxi to La Punta from the airport (350).

Other travel option that we can offer include a private car to take guests to locations around town, or a taxista who has chosen to charge the published tariffs. Both must be booked in advance.

An international guest list: Our new blackboard helps guests get to know each other.

A new dynamic at Zandoyo

The interaction among guests during breakfast has always been a highlight for us as the operators of a traditional bed & breakfast. But our new kitchen and sitting area have bumped that interaction to a whole new level. Guests can choose how much interaction they want, but so far most have embraced the opportunity.

The new space encourages guests to get to know each other over a drink or a meal. And many have quickly made new friends and gone off to the beach together. We like to think we are helping create great memories!

Here are a couple of comments left by some guests on Airbnb, where we have earned a ranking of 4.99 out of 5 after more than 125 reviews in the last 12 months..

Wei and Min, from London, England, wrote: “We loved the pool area, the shared kitchen and lounge area — wonderful place to mingle with the other guests and exchange tips.”

And Merritt and Schuyler from Oregon liked the “relaxed, community atmosphere around the open kitchen and adjacent pool area.”

Kate from New Jersey wrote that she “loved that there was a communal feel yet an extremely private, calm, and relaxing environment.”

Staying at Zandoyo

The best option for booking your stay is to use the booking engine on our website. We accept all major credit cards, cash or bank transfer.

If you prefer to use Airbnb or Booking you can find us there too.

We suggest booking at least six weeks before your travel dates in order to have a better choice of rooms, unless you are traveling during peak times. Christmas, Easter, and January through March are popular periods and early booking is recommended.

We hope to see you soon!

Your hosts,

Tony Richards, Mane Rosales and César Hernández

We brine, marinate and grill pork loin to accompany chilaquiles and refried beans.

Recent guest reviews

We had a fab stay at Zandoyo. Tony was very welcoming and looked after us well. Facilities are great including a lovely pool to cool down in. Room was spacious and comfortable. Breakfast was a highlight and adapted well for us being vegan. It was nice to sit at the table with the other guests during breakfast and chat; we really liked that. Umbrellas for the beach are a huge plus too as you need them and avoid paying for overpriced beds on the beach. —Dan and Maria, England, March 2024

This place is paradise and Tony and Mane are great hosts. Wonderful place to stay in Puerto Escondido. Amazing swimming pool and very friendly cat. Excellent breakfast, very tasty. We will definitely be back. —Brad and Jaime, Nanaimo, Canada, February 2024

When you are staying at an Airbnb that has a 4.99 rating after over 100 reviews you know you are in for something special. Tony and Mane did not disappoint. They were kind, generous and very helpful hosts. The home is located in a quiet neighborhood that is minutes away from the best restaurants, coffee shops and services PE has to offer. The nearest beach was a 10 minute walk . . . After a day at the beach or exploring we would gather around the lovely large pool garden area to rest up before heading out to dinner. I could not think of a single thing Tony and Mane could do to make this paradise any better. See you next year, Tony. —Grant and Marilyn, Ontario, Canada, February 2024