When you are looking for a bigger beach with fewer people on it, and restaurants with hammocks for all, then it’s time to head up the coast to Roca Blanca.
Named for its large rock made white by guano (bird droppings), Roca Blanca is about 30 minutes west of Puerto on the highway going to Pinotepa Nacional. It’s the Sunday beach for families from Río Grande, but don’t be surprised when you run into people from Puerto there too.
The turn-off for Roca Blanca takes you through the village of Cacalote (Cacalotepec) and then two kilometers on a dirt road through a wooded area. One unusual sight is the “strangler” or “lover” - a parasitic ficus which embraces and eventually smothers the coconut palms. Roca Blanca is also famous for its evangelical mission center, affiliated with the Victory Bible Institute of Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you reach the mission, you’ve taken a wrong turn. Keep to the right.
A few kilometers before you reach the turn-off to Cacalote is the entrance to the new Hotel Escondido. Despite what the website and promotional material says, this Habita hotel is NOT in Puerto Escondido, it’s in the Municipio of Tututepec. But who knows, in a few years “Puerto” may extend from Agua Blanca to Roca Blanca and beyond.