Playa Zicatela is a long stretch of beach on the east side Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. This popular beach is a world renown surfing destination, aptly named the “Mexican Pipeline”. Scattered along the beach there are yellow life-guard stations, red flags and warning signs discouraging people from swimming. The crashing waves and strong undertow can easily overwhelm swimmers and there have been injuries and losses in the past.
We made our way to Playa Zicatela and enjoyed lunch at one of the many restaurant along the beach. Afterwards we walked out to the ocean and strapped the children into life-jackets. The adults walked in a little ways and cordoned off a safe area for the children to body surf as the waves broke on the shore. At one point my husband got adventurous and wandered out a little ways, but the waves were changing and getting larger and I felt nervous. Reluctantly he returned but then as an act of rebellion he dove into a large wave… and came up missing his prescription sunglasses! Saddened by his lost, and perhaps a little humbled, we had a good chuckle. It was a small offering to the ocean, and I suspect there are many sunglasses floating around in the sea.