When you’re not relaxing and soaking up the sun, there is plenty to do within walking distance of Gecko Rock.
Santa Elena Laguna
You’ll find plenty that’s worth photographing within a short walk of Gecko Rock.
We can help you to arrange board rental in Puerto Escondido.
The best thing to do at Gecko Rock is to completely unwind and do absolutely nothing at all, but a number of awesome day trips are available to break up your relaxation with a little bit of adventure!
It’s easy to get out and explore. Taxis are inexpensive in Mexico and we’ll run you to the local taxi stand free of charge.
If you’d like to do some snorkeling during your stay with us just let us know and we’ll make it happen.
Generally, you can expect to pay around $400 pesos per person for a 2 hour class which includes the board and necessary equipment at the popular Oasis Surf School.
Deep Blue Dive operate a safe and shaded boat and their crew provides everything else you need for a comfortable and safe day in the ocean. Their team is made up of internationally trained dive masters as well as highly experienced local diver masters and captains. You can expect to pay US$40 for a one tank dive and US$70 for a two tank dive. They also offer night dives, PADI courses and Discovery Dives (US$65) for those with no diving experience interested in trying the sport.
If you choose deep sea fishing, depending on the season, you’re mostly fishing for sailfish, marlin, dorado (mahimahi) and yellow fin tuna. With ‘close to shore’ fishing the boat will stay near the shoreline and you can expect to catch bonito, mackerel, sierra, skip jack and needle fish.
For 1 hour of fishing expect to pay $500 MXN ($40 USD). The price is the same for 1-4 people. There is a 4 hour/half day minimum. Most boats provide ice to keep your catch cool and a small shaded area to sit under. It is recommended you take along sun block, a sunhat and drinking water.
We can set you up with one of the most knowledgeable and interesting guides in Puerto Escondido, Levi at Surf and Fishing Charters.
Please note that fishing tours cannot be cancelled on short notice. If you decide to cancel once arriving to Mexico you will be responsible for payment.
Most of the boats in town are moored off the Playa Principal which runs alongside the shopping area of the Adoquin. These boats are organized into a union, meaning all their prices are set, so bargaining is mercifully unnecessary. At the moment it costs 450 pesos (US$40) per person for a 2-3 hour trip. These tours are great value especially between November to March when the dolphin highway sees bumper to bumper traffic with spotted, common, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins, turtles, manta rays being chased by killer whales, flying fish, humpback whales and a whole lot more.
Boat tours are ideally booked in advance and we can do this for you.
Please note that boat tours cannot be cancelled on short notice. If you decide to cancel once arriving to Mexico you will be responsible for payment.
Puerto Escondido Day Trip
You can take your time to explore Puerto, spending time in places that interest you the most. Your self-tour can include exciting locations like Jardin Rafaela where for $50 pesos you can participate in some early morning bee sting therapy, a fabulous store for more up-market souvenirs on the Rinconada, La Juquileña to sample the best tlayudas in town (Oaxacan pizza), some time in the colorful Benito Juarez marketplace, a super affordable, mid-morning yoga class, or fish tacos on the beach. Zipping from one area of Puerto Escondido to another is easy and cheap with the abundant local taxi service. Going anywhere around Puerto usually costs only $25 pesos and the experience is exhilarating.
Dress casual, like everyone else…Summer clothes, comfortable sandals and minimal jewelry, carefree. There is such a huge expat population in Puerto that you won’t be left feeling like an outsider. When you spend some time in Puerto you’ll see why so many people immigrate to make it their home, it really is a big slice of special.
Artisan Mezcal Tasting
Here you will learn the process of how mezcal is made and be able to sample their mezcals as well as the delicious cremas that come in flavors such as piña colada and cappuccino.
Artisan mezcal differs from the factory produced stuff as it is distilled in a clay pot over a fire, producing a smooth and unique flavor that you won’t find in any of the commercially bottled mezcals. The pure mezcals they sell come in beautiful, hand painted bottles…outstanding souvenirs.
If you’d like to visit Mazunte or explore another part of the coast while you’re here, just let us know and we’ll help you arrange a driver for the day.
Read through our blog to learn more about the gorgeous Oaxacan Riviera.