hostel review: pepe's cabanas, barra de la cruz

$200MX per night, private cabana with shared bathroom, 30th June - 2nd July 2014


Welcome to a surfer's paradise. The assortment of basic cabanas caters primarily for die-hard surfers but for those that are looking for a relatively untouched beach and beautiful sea-scapes, Pepe's also provides a laid-back environment to step away from technology and truly relax.


If you have a car, getting to Pepe's a piece of cake. If you're travelling by bus, it can be a little more difficult - but do not be put off.

If heading west from Salina Cruz, you will need to find a 2nd-class bus terminating in Huatulco. Ask the driver to drop you off at the turning to Barra, made clear by a big sign to a side road. It is perfectly possible to walk the 2km into town, or you may prefer to wait around for a collectivo taxi heading up or try hitch-hiking. 

Once in the town, Pepe's is well known and any local can point you in the right direction; it's around 10 minutes walk from the taxi-stand in town. From Pepe's the beach is approximately another 10 – 15 minute walk.

Best thing

There is a small restaurant on-site providing authentic (and tasty!) Mexican cuisine at very reasonable prices. The social/restaurant area also has hammocks to chill out in, satellite TV and a highly competitive ping-pong table. 

Worst thing

If you have no interest in surfing, you may feel a little out of place but overall it's a really friendly bunch of people here.

Value for money 

Whilst the accommodation itself is basic but reasonably priced, with a $20MX cover-charge every day for beach entrance and no kitchen facilities, Barra de la Cruz may not remain a great budget option if staying for more than a few days.

Recommended for

Surfers wanting cheap, clean accommodation near some of Oaxaca's best and most secluded surf breaks.


Hammocks, ping-pong table, satellite TV, restaurant, surf board rental, camping available. The hostel can also arrange collectivo transport direct to Huatulco.

Rating: 6.5


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