The Oaxacan Coast
The Oaxacan coast is one of the eight geographical, political and social-economic regions that form the state; aside from being one of the seven folkloric regions that proudly make up the same.
The coastal region is found to the South comprising of 12,502 square kilometers and the districts of Jamiltepec, Juquila and Pochutla. In general, the territory constitutes a grand extension of the plains that border the Pacific Coast, rising above the sea through rolling hills, series of ridges, and mountainous zones that make up the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur, at its northern limit. To the East it is bordered by the Istmo region and to the West by the state of Guerrero.
The characteristic climate of the region is sub-humid heat, with summer rains and a temperature that fluctuates between 22 and 28 C. The region is also a source for Pacific waters being filled by the rivers Verde (or Atoyac), Colotepec and Copalita– characteristically featured by the lagoons, lakes and bays found along the coast.
Oaxaca has some of the most beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast. Rich in flora and fauna, and natural beauty, the coast of Oaxaca offers new experiences to the hungry tourist with a grand variety of possibilities.
Puerto Escondido, Puerto Angel, and Bahias de Huatulco offer lots of adventure in terms of cultural exchanges. The options include snorkeling or scuba diving in its blue waters; the intensity of rafting and kayaking in the Rio Copalita; or extreme rappelling or climbing on Piedra de Moros and Punto Celeste.
Visit the waterfalls of Copalitilla and swim in its blue waters observing the local flora and fauna. Additional options include hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Coffee plantations offer the possibility of knowing the process of production of coffee, from the harvest to its consumption. Or what about just relaxing, which is not difficult with all the beautiful scenery the area has to offer.
The coast is home to several places known for their rich ecology, including the Lagunas de Chacahua or Manialtepec, La Ventanilla or Mazunte. The region is also known for its preservation and conservation efforts for species of iguanas, turtles, and alligators, as well as the mangrove swamps characteristic to the area.
In all of these places the tourist will find gastronomical delights of the region and enjoy the warmth of the people who live their. All of this, and more, you will find on the coast of Oaxaca.