Booking this holiday was another success of my tried and true Air BnB strategy - we decide on what country we would like to go to, sometimes its narrowed to 2-3 countries, then I browse Air bnbs to see where I can get a great deal on an amazing and luxurious place with great views without the luxurious price tag, (and then I cross reference them with weather patterns over the last 10 years!). This way I find out about great off the beaten track towns and areas that dont usually rate high on the tripadvisor list! It is exactly this system that brought us to Puerto Angel in Oaxaca, a short 3 flights and 14 hour trip from San Francisco.
'Puerto Angel', I had read online before leaving, 'remains a fishing village'. Pfff I wasnt gonna fall for that, how many "quaint fishing villages" turn out to be yet another over touristed Positano? I however, stand corrected. Playa Puerto Angel is lined with small fishing boats, pulled up high onto the beach, waiting to be taken out at dusk each night. In the early morning they return pulling in lobster, fish and octopus that then gets transported to the rest of the coast, and of course, my dinner plate. We did go in low season (high season is the winter months over christmas), but given the lack of tourist driven, well, anything, I doubt that the town is ever heaving with people. The summer months in mexico are the rainy, or more postively spun "green" season. The bush that surrounds the coast is beautiful, lush, and yes green. However there hadnt been rain for over a month when we got there, and there were no signs of it coming anytime soon. A local we spoke with said that if we came even in April, there would be no green to be seen, with the entire forest turning brown as the rain stops falling in september, and doesnt return until May-June.
So, it was really fresh. Like really really fresh. I felt horrible at my untrusting nature, and it is now my goal to shed this skeptical Parisien carapace i've somehow surrounded myself with.
We also made extensive use of the pool back at our place. Our air bnb was 3 apartments on a cliff just outside of Puerto Angel, but for most of the week we were the only ones around.