Puerto Escodido, Oaxaca
is primarily known for its double overhead barrels and surf scene. However there are some nice secluded coves protected from the massive surf, where one can enjoy calm, warm Pacific waters and eat fresh mariscos on the sand. Ask your hotel lobby where you can go for a relaxed oasis from the pounding surf and they'll recommend one of several quiet beaches just outside of town. We stayed at Le Petit Hotel and the French owner called us a cab and directed the driver to take us here.