Zipolite - Mexico's Nude Beach
The largest attraction in Zipolite is the nude beach. The western end of the beach has been officially sanctioned as a Mexico nude beach. A rarity for Mexico which is a conservative country, but 90% of the tourists in Zipolite are Euro-hippies and most of them still wear something on the beach.
For those of you who have never been to such a place, I think that your first clue is that these are not a bunch of sex crazed young people looking for a place to have some kind of raunchy experience. Most of them come from cultures where the human body is not seen as profane and they just don't see it as a big deal... so if you partake, you should adopt their healthy attitude and not come to gawk.
Before you start to paint a mental picture of unadulterated paradise, you should remember that Zipolite's beach also has a few drawbacks. Gawkers with and without cameras, killer rip tides, more drugs than the local pharmacy and the petty crime that is usually associated.
You may want to consider the nearby Mazunte beach just a few kilometers to the west. Sunning all of your assets is not allowed, but the beach is just as nice and the water won't kill you if you want to go for a swim in it.
Other Things to Do in Zipolite
Yoga Center - If you've gotten tired of lying in your hammock, swimming, and sunbathing in the nude it might well be time to join one of Brigitte's excellent yoga classes. In an airy studio with wooden floor and sea view you'll get an expert treatment to loosen up those stiff muscles. You'll find Solstice - Yoga & Vacations at the eastern end of the beach, near the soccer field (la cancha) and the primary school (escuela primaria). Solstice specializes in daily Hatha yoga classes, retreats and workshops.
Azul Profundo Tours
For those interested in really seeing what the Pacific Coast near Zipolite has to offer, Azul Profundo offers a cool way to escape the heat at the beach.
Snorkeling - Four beaches and four hours out at sea. Along the way one can see sea turtles and swim with them, maybe you can even see dolphins and whales. Transportation included, pick up between 9:00 and 9:45. For more information, please call our local phone number 5843109 and ask for Francisco.
Mazunte is a small beach town just a few kilometers west of Zipolite. The beach cabanas, hammock joints, and restaurants are pretty much the same as Zipolite. The differences are that total nudity is not allowed on the beach (Topless on the beach is OK, but totall nudity is restricted to the sanctioned Mexico Nude Beach area in Zipolite), there are more police there, and the water is much safer for swimming. Mazunte also has a turtle museum that is popular with tourists, so if you are in the area, you may want to check it out.
3 kilometers west of Mazunte you will find a company called "Servicios Ecoturistico La Ventanilla" which provides a one and a half hour tour by canoe to a lagoon where you will see hundreds of river crocodiles and water birds. $4.00 USD for adults & $1.75 USD for children. Be sure to ask about their horseback rides ($17 USD) & other trips.