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Playa Tijera

by Brent May


Playa Tijera near Piochutla

Playa Tijera near Pochutla is a great snorkeling beach and a haven for anyone who loves to adventure. One of the best snorkeling beaches in the Puerto Angel – Pochutla area, this beach juts out to a large, beautiful island-like rock formation. It is a small beach with little shade, but breathtaking surroundings. Backdropped with high cliffs, the clear waters give way to rocks and some reef. You can see a wide variety of marine wildlife as you swim around this truly, authentic and wild Oaxacan beach.

Playa Tijera near PochutlaPlaya Tijera near Pochutla is bit off the grid but a definite must see. You can visit by land or by sea. The beach can be accessed by heading toward Huatulco as you leave Pochutla. You’ll find a dirt road turn off on the right about 1 kilometer from Pochutla’s main intersection on Highway 200. Go through the community of ‘El Vigia’ and then through the jungle towards the coast for another 8 kilometers. To arrive by sea you can leave from Puerto Angel’s ‘Playa Panteón’ where you can find boats or ‘lanchas’ that offer tours of the surrounding beaches, including La Tijera.

Playa TijeraThere is a small area for parking but besides that the beach is completely virgin. We recommend taking a parasol to shield yourself from the sun, snorkel gear, plenty of water, a stocked cooler and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the white sand. It is a great day trip to disconnect, relax and take in the beauty of the Oaxacan coast.

This unique beach gets its name from a bird: Tijereta de mar. “La Tijera” has a distinctive scissor-shaped tail. These birds abound at the beach, and you can always see them flying above enjoying the sun.

Read more: Check out this article about La Mina, another tucked-away beach haven

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