Playa Zipolite, Zipolite

Playa Zipolite is a beach community located in San Pedro Pochutla municipality on the southern coast of Oaxaca state in Mexico between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido.

Zipolite is best known as being Mexico’s first and only legal public nude beach and for retaining much of the hippie culture that made it notable in the 1970s. The origin of the name Zipolite has been lost over time. Translated from Zapotec, Zipolite means "beach of the dead". Some versions have that referring to dangerous underwater currents just offshore. Locals say the Zapotecs offered the bodies of their dead to the sea and it is the consequence for why the beach was unoccupied until alternative foreigners started arriving here in 1969. Other versions has it coming from the Nahuatl word sipolitlan or zipotli, meaning "bumpy place" or "place of continuous bumps or hills". The beach is currently popular with foreign tourists, especially backpackers, who stay in one of the many rustic cabins or camping spaces that line the beach.
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  • Very fun Long Beach mostly fine sand but some small rocks in some places easy to walk many Restaurants where you can stop. Food is inexpensive and very good in general. Watch out for rip tide...  more »
  • The beach is long and beautiful with Rocky bluffs in the distance. The surf is rough so it is risky to swim here. It is a clothing optional beach. About a third of the visitors are nude. There are...  more »
  • Absolutely love this beach! Its very relaxing even though the waves can be really strong.
  • Very rustic Vibe, the people are very laid back. The beach itself is outstanding with warm water and beautiful Vistas. Also it's clothing optional. Absolutely love this beach. The only drawback it's a little far away unless you're staying in the same town. Which lacks high-end hotels.
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