Bungalows El Maguey came pretty close though, so we signed up for an eight night stay!
This is a small private apartment complex. It's only six units, so it's not a very busy place and there's not a lot of people coming and going. In fact, considering we're located right in the Zicatela beach area, it's actually pretty quiet.
Yep, this must be the place!
Looks like a nice rooftop terrace up there...
We wanted a good location, close to the beach and walking distance to downtown. Check one...we're only a five minute walk from the beach, with it's shops, restaurants, and nightlife. And as an added bonus we actually have a bit of a view of it from our balcony. Check two, we have walked to downtown several times. You can go via the beach, and it's about a twenty minute walk.
Alternately, you can walk two minutes to the main road and take a collectivo downtown for only 6 pesos (50 cents).
Nicely equipped kitchen.
We wanted a decently equipped kitchen so that we could make most of our own meals. Check! The fridge works well and it has a four burner hotplate and all the utensils and plates and bowls that we need. A little strange that there's no microwave, but we don't use one in the motorhome so we haven't missed one here. Just thought it was odd.
It's a studio apartment, but a large one. Lots of room.
Day bed and computer desk.
We wanted internet. Check. There are two routers, one for the first floor, and one for the second floor. We're in unit #5, the middle one on the second floor. Internet has not been what you would call "super" fast, but it's always been there and it's usable. No complaints.
Perfectly fine "facilities".
On that note, we should mention that there is no hot water. But for those of you who have never been to Puerto Escondido...you really don't need any hot water. Trust us, you will be quite happy taking a refreshingly cool shower.
Our balcony is also where our dining table is. Nice.
It has to have a hammock. Check! Sorry, but if you're in Mexico you have to be able to have a siesta in a hammock. Yes, it's that important!
Ruth, and our balcony.
The downside to this particular apartment it that there is no swimming pool. Having said that, it simply wasn't on our list of priorities. There is however, a nice rooftop common area with chairs, tables, and more hammocks.
Beautiful view of the the ocean.
Yup. No description required!
There is an air conditioning option. The room we're in has air conditioning installed, but it's $50 a week if you want the remote control so that you can turn it on or off. Electricity is expensive all over Mexico, and so if you want a/c, you'll have to pay for it. We liked that Bungalows el Maguey gives you the option. Besides, there are two ceiling fans that work just fine. And the place never does get any direct sunlight so we haven't felt that it's been too warm.
There are three upper units and three lower (garden) units. At the time of writing this, they rent for between $150 and $250 USD per week, or between $400 and $700 per month depending on the apartment and the time of year.
Oh, one of the best things about these apartments is the person you're dealing with. Terri is an expat from New Zealand, and she's friendly, helpful, and always ready to assist. The first day we were here we found a minor problem, and the next day it was fixed right up. Pretty efficient.
If your looking for a reasonable place to stay in Puerto Escondido, we have no problem recommending Terri. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.ilovepuerto.com
Sunset from the rooftop at Bungalows El Maguey.