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Oaxaca, Mexico Travel

🗣 Mexico Language

Spanish, though some still speak indigenous languages

💰 Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso, though U.S. dollars are sometimes accepted

☀️ Oaxaca Weather

Hot/rainy in spring & summer, and cooler/dry in fall & winter

📍Top Things to Do

Puerto Escondido, Hierve al Agua, Huatulco, Monte Alban

📍Off the Beaten Path

San Pablo de Mitla, San Jose del Pacifico, Mazunte

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Oaxaca Mexico

Tulum is one of the most visited and best Mexico travel destinations. Once a sleepy fishing village, Tulum is now a must see Mexico beach town.

Located on the Caribbean Sea, in Quintana Roo state, many head to Tulum for its world-class beaches, swimmable cenotes, Mayan ruins, bohemian vibes and great restaurants.

Tulum is in one of three states that make up Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and many make Tulum part of a larger Yucatan trip.

Oaxaca Travel Blogs

Mexico Hidden Gems: The 10 You Need to Know About

Mexico hidden gems & off the beaten path destinations on your travel radar? You’re in the right place, because those are my speciality!

Hridaya Yoga Mexico: Everything You Need to Know for Your Retreat

Considering a Hridaya Yoga Mexico silent meditation retreat? You’ve come to the right place for info — because I did one in Mazunte, Mexico.

Traveling to Oaxaca: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico?! Find out everything you need to know about a trip to Oaxaca City & the beaches on the coast of Oaxaca.

Oaxaca Day of the Dead 2021: Travel Planning Guide

Oaxaca Day of the Dead on your bucket list? Cross it off this year with insider travel tips from someone who’s been to Dia de los Muertos.

Solo Travel in Mexico: 20 Destinations You Need To Visit

Need advice on solo travel Mexico destinations? All 20 places featured here come recommended by female solo travelers who have actually been!

30 Best Mexican Beach Towns You Need to Visit Right Now

Looking for the best Mexican beach towns? You’re in the right place because the Top 30 beach towns in Mexico are right for you to discover!

Oaxaca Travel FAQ

Is Oaxaca safe for travel?

Oaxaca consistently ranks among the safest states in Mexico. Oaxaca City, the most popular place for tourism in Oaxaca is a small city, that really feels more like a small town.

For the most part, it is safe during the day and at night; though it’s always better to err on the side of caution and not walk home alone at night. If you do that, and follow these General Travel Safety Tips, you should be totally safe in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travel tips, and tips on how to stay safe during Mexico solo travel.


What's the best time to visit Oaxaca?

Weather-wise, the best time to visit the state of Oaxaca as a whole is from October-April. The weather tends to be quite hot from May-September, which is also the rainy season — and it can rain quite a bit, both in Oaxaca City and on the coast of Oaxaca.

Coastal Oaxaca has a tropical climate, meaning hot/humid summers and pleasnt winters. Common of the tropics, it rains quite a bit for a good amount of the year, from April-October.

Each year, on Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Oaxaca City’s Day of the Dead festival draws large crowds. The Guelaguetza festival in July is another popular time to visit. 

Where do I stay in Oaxaca City?

🏡 Head here for a list of the best Airbnbs in Oaxaca City.

Oaxaca City’s downtown isn’t very big — think 40 square blocks — and staying anywhere  in Centro (Downtown), as close to the Zocalo as possible, is a great choice.

Staying in this area is convenient because you’ll have the ease of being able to walk everywhere. There’s no Uber in Oaxaca, though there are plenty of taxis.

Located on the outskirts of Centro, Jalatlaco is a great neighborhood with amazing restaurants and lots ofcolorful street art. A little further out, Xochimilco, Oaxaca City’s oldest and most historic neighborhood, is another option.

(I stayed in that ⬇️ adorable rooftop Airbnb in Jalatlaco when I visited Oaxaca City.)

How do I get to Oaxaca?

The closest airport to Oaxcaca City is is Oaxaca International Airport (code: OAX). The airport is less than 30 minutes from Centro Historico (historic downtown).

After your flight, head towards the exit and grab a taxi to your accommodation. Note: There is no Uber in Oaxaca, but there are plenty of taxis.

If you’re headed to the coast of Oaxaca, use Puerto Escondido International Airport (code: PXM) to visit Puerto Escondido, and Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (code:  HUX) for travel to Huatulco, Mazunte and Zipolite.

If you’re planning to rent a car and drive in Oaxaca, here are 12 Tips on How to Drive in Mexico.

🚙💨 Need a rental car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Oaxaca to get you the lowest price!

How do I get from Oaxaca City to the beach?

You have a few options when traveling from Oaxaca City to the beaches of Oaxaca:

1. Driving your rental car (7-8 hours)
2. Colectivo (8-9 hours)
3. Bus (11-12 hours)
4. Plane (45 minutes)

🚌 Head to this article for detailed information on all options.

While the physical distance from Oaxaca City to the coast of Oaxaca is only about 100 miles — the drive takes a while because it’s on a narrow, winding, bumpy mountain road, full of switchback turns and curves. For those prone to carsickness, you might want to look into the flight!

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Oaxaca to get you the best price!

Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico!

When you go through Customs/Immigration at the airport, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Visa at no charge. Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country.

Check out the article 5 Reasons Mexico is One of the Best First Time Solo Travel Destinations for more reasons Mexico is such a great option for U.S. visitors.

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Oaxaca?

As a general rule, you’ll want know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting Oaxaca, Mexico. Download the free Basic Spanish Words & Phrases list below, and save it on your phone as an image, so you’ll have it even if you’re off-WiFi.

As far as Oaxaca goes, if you stick to the more touristic parts, like Oaxaca City, Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.

List of useful spanish words and phrases

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