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Playa Mazunte

by Erin May


Mazunte is a small town and beach close to San Agustinillo and Zipolite. Designated as a Pueblo Magico for its laid-back charm, Mazunte is filled with small artisan shops, organic food marts, an organic market on Sundays and of course, amazing beaches!

“Mazunte” is derived from a Nahuatl phrase, “maxotetia” meaning “please deposit eggs here” and is famous for the sea turtles that come to lay their eggs on the beach. Before the mid-20th century, Mazunte had no population, but saw much change when the market for sea turtle meat and eggs developed.  By the 1970’s, Mazunte became the centre of sea turtle hunting in Mexico. Concern over the declining number of sea turtles eventually led to an absolute ban on turtle meat and eggs in Mexico, which resulted in a decrease in –inMazuntecome for families in the village. 
To change the economy for locals, ecotourism focused on the conservation of turtles and natural cosmetics was developed.  Today the main attractions in Mazunte are the
Mexican National Turtle Center and the Cosméticos Naturales de Mazunte.

The Mexican National Turtle Center studies turtle behavior, diet, and monitor the quality of water in the tanks to gain insight into the problem of the protection of the species. This exciting initiative helps to conserve turtle protection, conduct scientific and technological research for turtle management, promote the ecological tourism concept in the region, and support the community growth and development in the region.  The museum has guided tours for a moderate admission fee. 

The Cosméticos Naturales de Mazunte is a community enterprise that dedicates it’s work to making 100% environmentally friendly quality products. Sponsored over a decade ago by The Body Shop the cooperative produces shampoo, conditioner, bath gels, soap, mosquito repellent, lip balm and other great items.




Mazunte Beach is essentially divided into 3 parts: Playa principal, Rinconcito and Mermejita. Playa Principal is a long stretch of beach with local palapas, a great place to have a beach lunch. “Rinconcito” is as its name means, a little corner. This is where the beach ends at the rocky cliffs on the long outcropping that goes out to Punta Cometa. The Rinconcito Beach is also a great place to swim, where you can actually get in deeper water right away to float instead of jumping waves. 

Read more: Check out our article about La Mina Beach, a tucked-away haven about 10 kilometers from Mazunte

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Joanne Simpson June 11, 2017 - 6:17 pm

Hi I did the hridaya mod 1 last year and loved it….very interested in buying land or cheap house…I am going back next Jan to continue. at Hridiya…in feb my husband will meet me and we would like to start looking at relocating there…if you could help that would be awesome…thank you

Erin May June 13, 2017 - 5:11 pm

Hi Joanne
We are happy to hear you are coming to Huatulco again. In order to help me help you most effectively please tell me more about what features you are looking for in a property and what budget range you are most comfortable with. An easy way to do this is to follow the link and fill out the web-form below.

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Gary Goodale April 14, 2019 - 7:28 am

Hello could I get some information about property for sale in the MAZUNTE area. I am looking for unobstructed ocean views. Does not have to be ocean front. I’m interested in 2+ bedroom 2+ bathroom. Approximately 1 to 2000 square feet. Around $200k modern style.
Thanks in advance Gary

Erin May April 18, 2019 - 11:45 am

Hey Gary,

An agent will be glad to reach out to you!

Connie March 31, 2021 - 3:39 pm

I’m looking for clear ocean views in Manzunte. Prefer property with a pool or land to build on. 450000 all in


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