Backpacker places in North America
© Luke Kenyon
Zipolite and the surrounding beaches are an interesting mix of old school hippies, sun-soaked locals and backpackers who are trying to escape the bigger, over-grown crowds of Alcapulco and Cabo San Lucas. The drug laws are more relaxed in this area of the country and it is not uncommon to hear Bob Marley or The Doors blasting out of the beach side restaurants at night. The coastline is home to number of whales and turtles and up until 1990, a slaughterhouse was still operational, it has now been turned into a wildlife sanctuary and museum. With the beach facing directly west, the surf and the currents can become quite treacherous during some months of the year. But this does not stop visitors to this famously nudist beach baring there all and casually walking up and down the sand, letting it all hang out. San Agustinillo and Mazunte are great beaches further down the road with a less liberal attitude to nudity if that’s what you’re looking for.