Destination guide

Make love, not war, on Mexico's south coast

Directly south of Oaxaca on Mexico's Pacific coast, Playa Zipolite will make you feel as if you've stepped back in time to the days of tie-dye and patchouli. The epicenter of Mexico's free love and hippie counterculture in the 60s and 70s, the town hasn't advanced much in time since those days. You're just as likely to see hippies chilling out on the beach today as you were back then (possibly even the same ones). If you're looking to disconnect and embrace the simple life, a Playa Zipolite vacation rental is the perfect place for you.

Things to do

Discover meditation in the halls of Shambhala

Plan to leave your Playa Zipolite vacation rental with a sense of inner peace. The town's biggest draw is Shambhala, a spiritual retreat perched on the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Drawing a mix of bohemian tourists from across the globe, the center offers plenty of meditation areas on top of the cliffs where you can tune out life's stresses. They also have daily sunset rituals on the beach. In town, you'll find plenty of artists and healers, as well as the rustic, makeshift Cine Luciernaga (Firefly Cinema), where you can enjoy a movie and a drink from the bar.


Discover the Bohemian life (clothing optional, of course)

One of Playa Zipolite's claims to fame is that it's one of Mexico's few nudist beaches. Don't worry if you're not ready to be that free—there are plenty of pristine sands where you can sport your new swimsuit as well. You'll need to swim with caution as the waves are strong, but they make for some killer surfing. Other top activities include body surfing, boogie boarding, and beach walks, as well as snorkeling, whitewater rafting, ecotours, and hiking (to name a few). Fishing trips and charter cruises let you get out and enjoy the Pacific waters.


Feeling hot, hot, hot in chilled-out Playa Zipolite

If you hate the snow, a Playa Zipolite vacation rental might be your dream come true. High temps are in the upper 80s to mid-90s all year long, peaking in July and August. Throughout the year, lows only dip down into the upper 60s to mid-70s, so you can leave those winter coats home (but maybe bring a light sweater). May to October is the rainy season, and the area has known to have a hurricane or 2 over the years. Winters should be nice and dry.

Natural features

A land of golden sands and blue-green waters

One look at the ocean and you might understand why some of the town's hippies chose to never leave. The pristine beaches and vibrant waters are soothing to the soul. The undercurrents can be strong, though, so be careful if you venture in. You'll find secluded coves tucked in along the Pacific coast, while cliffs rise dramatically above town. The name Zipolite comes from a native word meaning bumpy place, and you'll see plenty of gentle hills in the area, and, of course, your fair share of swaying palm trees.

Where to stay around Zipolite Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 54 vacation rentals near Zipolite Beach. From 16 Houses to 17 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Zipolite Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Can I rent Houses near Zipolite Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 16 Houses near Zipolite Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Zipolite Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 17 rentals available
  • Villas: 9 rentals available
  • Cabins: 7 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Zipolite Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 26 rentals with pool available near Zipolite Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Zipolite Beach?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 54 vacation rentals to book directly online and 24 with instant booking available near Zipolite Beach. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Zipolite Beach!