DRIVING TIME: 4.17 hours
HWY: CA 200
Leaving Zihuatanejo, proceed up the hill out of town onto the main throughway. Follow the signs to Acapulco, and you’re still on CA 200. Going into Acapulco is a nightmare. The roads are horrible, the traffic is horrendous, and there are literally thousands of people crammed into this coastal town. Nevertheless, there are many things to do and an endless amount of sun, fun, and adventure.
Getting out of Acapulco is an art in itself. Pay close attention to these directions, or you will get lost. Head south and up the hill. If you are near the beach, you must drive up the hill toward Mexico 95. Follow the signs for Mexico 95. This is the road to Mexico City and your passage to freedom. Once you work through the myriad of confusion, you will come to an expressway that dissects the city.
Get on the expressway and follow it south, following any signs that display Mexico 95. Eventually, you will see a sign for Pinotepa Nacional, noted Pinotepa N. on the sign. Follow this road. This is the one you want for CA 200. Follow the signs to Pinotepa and then on to Puerto Escondido.
Hotel & Eats
Acapulco is a resort town with a beautiful crescent-like shoreline with lovely accommodations. You can stay at Casa Chaman in Mozimba, a quiet, straightforward resort with home vibes and picturesque ocean sunset views.
If you enjoy the nightlife, I recommend partnering your drinks with a dish called ceviche or fish marinated and cooked in lime and tossed with onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and green chiles. Then, cure the hangover with sincronizadas, a local version of the American-favorite grilled cheese but with ham and queso.
If you miss the original turn for Pinotepa Nacional, you can make a U-turn and backtrack to Pinotepa. The U-turn is about 2 km past the original turn, and there is a sign, so don’t panic. Grab lunch somewhere in Acapulco and fill your gas tank. It’s 8 more hours to Puerto Escondido.
Head south and up the hill. If you are near the beach, you must drive up, up, and away. Follow the signs for Mexico 95. This is the road to Mexico City and your passage to freedom.
Next Section of Drive
Acapulco – Pinotepa Nacional – Puerto Escondido