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What a sh#thole

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What a sh#thole

2 separate occasions I was involved in an attempted robbery. 2 Australians were robbed by the police. Guy from France received 22 stitches from a knife wound after bar close. Police did absolutely nothing.

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1. Re: What a sh#thole

And I love it when locals say it's perfectly safe, this is not the border area....

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2. Re: What a sh#thole

Dude, you have to stop being so vague. Did you like Puerto or not?

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3. Re: What a sh#thole

I would appreciate hearing more about your experience, with details such as when and where the incidents took place. Email me directly if you wish, tony@soldelacosta.com. I live in Puerto so stories such as yours are of great concern.

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And people say sarcasm is a lost art

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The attempted robberies I was involved in happened on the beach and in front of hotel ines. It was around 10 pm on the beach and I was with 3 guys the robbers didn't see. Once they heard me yelling for my friends, the robbers took off. I left kaballah(sic) at 1 to walk the 250 meters back to my hostel. I was sober as a nun. 2 guys came running up behind me and one put me in a half assed choke hold while the other punched me and asked for my wallet and telephone. I fought back. 6 years in the marines and 4 years wrestling. They received a good beating. The Aussies were accused of breaking into a local ATM by the police. Between the 2, they had $250 pesos. Police took their money and wallets. This happened around 2 am in front of pacalolo hostel where they were staying. Guy from France got jumped by 2 locals after bar close. Guy cut him from the lower neck to the middle of his back. He recognized one of the guys as a surf instructor at carazarillio beach. He went to the doctor and received 22+ stitches for $100 pesos. He went to the police with a translator and told them who stabbed him. The police laughed. I'm leaving tomorrow.

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Jmh09 was only in "Puerto" for a few hours a few years ago. Walking around it looked like little Acapulco and you know what this means. Anyway I took a 2nd or 3rd class bus up route 131, you know the type of bus, grinding up the slopes of the mountains, driver pulling over to feel for heat by hand on the wheel bearings. Blind curves with the door open so the lucky few could jump out in case of a problem. Still it felt better to be on the way to Oaxaca city than to stay down in Puerto. Thanks for that story, it makes me feel maybe I made the right decision. (Oaxaca city is a great place to visit no matter what mountains you cross to get there.)

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Unreal. Been wanting to get down to PE for a few years now as Ive heard great things. I know every place has it's crime but these stories sound pretty freaky. Not surprised at anyone getting messed with anywhere in Mexico when it's dark and they're on the beach however. Been to at least ten different place in mexico and have always been told to stay off the beach at night. Don't care if it's Puerto Vallarta or Mazatlan or Cancun, it's pretty standard common sense to not hit the beaches after dark. I wouldnt do it in New York City or Chicago or Rio or anywhere else in the world either. Anyway, now I'm completely confused as to where to go now. Damn.

Edited: 04 June 2014, 22:38
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8. Re: What a sh#thole

Puerto Escondido is a great place.

We were there in 1984, 2011 and recently in 2014 for 2 weeks,

I feel much more unsafe in the states where I am now than in Mexico.

We drove from Québec, Canada down in Mexico with our little Fiat car and went almost everwhere except the north of Mexico city (Guanajuato area). We crossed the mexican border on january the 26th 2014 and came out on april 9th 2014 at Nogales border..

We never felt we were in danger and the mexican people are just so lovely.

We don't deny the existing violence in Mexico but we simply state that at 2 am in bars areas and especially on the beach, you are potentially an easy target wherever you are in the whole world and no matter if you are drunk or not.

We possibly had a good star above us but we never had any kind of problems except with 2 bad and corrupted policemen obviously stoned by cocaine and weed in Escarcega, Chiapas trying to steal us with a "fine" because my wife had forgotten to put her safety belt. This town is not attractive anyway and the Lonely Planet 2013 mentions it too.

We didn't pay and were lucky not to get in troubles.

My message has one purpose : Don't listen to all those freaky stories and miss and great opportunity to enjoy such a great country as Mexico.

Don't go on beaches at dark, don't get drunk too late and attend shady bars and don't look for weed of stuff to get stoned and your chances of being robbed or attacked will be much more reduced.

But..........we walked ar dark a few times around 9 PM from Bahia principal to Playa Zicatela ( where the 2 hands sculpture are on the beach) and reached our hotel without any problems but we humbly believe it wasn't the best decision we took even though there were families and cool people in this area at this time).

We learn with bad and good expériences in life to our opinion but also with good and valuable advices.

We highly recommend Puerto Escondido and we had a great time every time we went there.

P'S: I hope my English is not to hard to decode lol !

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I walk all over town at night in Denver, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Seaside Heights, Miami etc. and not had any problems. Of course, I carry a gun (legally) everywhere I go. The fact is: THE POLICE IN MEXICO ARE JUST AS BAD AS THE CRIMINALS! Doesn't matter if it's day or night. No justice, no peace. Another tourist got robbed last night by these so called police. Going to the bar is not a crime. Swimming at night isn't a crime. Getting robbed by the police? IT'S A F#%KING CRIME!! I'm moving to South Central Los Angeles next month where I know I'm safe. Compared to Mexico, that is.

FYI. I found a great hostel with a security gate. Hostel las olas

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10. Re: What a sh#thole

Unfortunately there will be some crime everywhere in the world. It's too bad that you had a bad experience here because Puerto Escondido really is ridiculously safe.

While it's neither illegal to swim at night nor to stay out late drinking, clearly risk levels go up (anywhere you go) when you engage in riskier activities. I remember years ago an American guy at my hostel in St. Petersburg got beat up really bad, as in really bad, one night outside of the casino at like 3am. While it was unfortunate, I couldn't help but think: "What are you doing at a casino in Russia at 3am?"

I hope that you and your friends are all OK, but fear of crime would be a silly reason to miss out on Puerto Escondido.

Edited: 07 June 2014, 14:04