|Allegedly a former governor built the first lodge on the point overlooking some of the finest beaches of Los Tuxtlas.
Now this former exquisite resort is dilapidated with facilities that are non functional most of the year.
The surroundings are heavily forested and house one of the few wild Howler monkey troops in the Tuxtlas. The bird life
Presumably the hotel would allow camping on its site. The hotel has no other services, including electricity. (Feb 2009).
|Playa Escondida is the northernmost beach in the municipio (county) of Catemaco, Veracruz. The beach has been
described as the most beautiful beach between the Yucatan and Florida. And it will take a hair raising ride and a leg
breaking walk to discover it.
The beach is isolated between 2 neighboring bluffs and is often almost washed away by winter storms before
rebuilding throughout the year.
Access to the beach is via a very slippery and ill maintained series of concrete steps. The neighboring northern
beach can be reached from there, but beware of unfriendly cows.
In 6 visits in 8 years during the off season, I have never seen anothervisitor there. But if you judge by the number
of visits, I obviously enjoy visiting there.
The beach and the hotel above are private property.
|Hotel Playa Escondida
|Visit the neighboring Playa Jicacal
Hotels in Catemaco
The Coast of Catemaco
The North Coast of Los Tuxtlas
|Access is from a paved highway leaving from north Catemaco towards
Montepio. A dirt road branches off towards the Gulf, at approximately KM 28.
About a mile and a half downhill, after some magnificent views, you will see
the gate leading to Parador Icacos.
A badly eroded trail, not suitable for passenger cars, just before the gate,
leads 1/2 a mile uphill from there to Playa Escondida.
Pirata, (pickups used as communal taxis) are available at the north depot in
Catemaco, but you will have to walk the road to the beach.
There is no bus service.
|View of the neighboring beach