Why is it that surfers seem to know where all the coolest spots are? Maybe it’s their singleminded focus—waves and someplace to grab a beer and a bite. They “discovered” the fishing village of Puerto Escondido in the late 1960s, but it remained relatively unknown to tourists until the last decade or so. As writer Jessica Barrett finds, there may be a mini-development boom going on, but this isn’t Cancun. Hotels and condos are of the low-rise variety and, for now, the place’s laid-back vibe is intact. The story begins on page 99.
Board Room The waves in Puerto Escondido are the most famous—and biggest— on Mexico’s west coast.