Puerto Escondido: Hostel Monte Cassino
Get There: Av. Alfonso Perez Gazga 609-A
Cost: From 115 – 120 pesos depending on whether you want a five-bed dorm or a private room.
Free Breaky: No
Free WiFi: Yes
Bar: There’s an Italian restaurant attached that serves wine, but it lacks a fiesta vibe.
The day I arrived in Puerto Escondido signalled my three-week anniversary of drinking Mexican tapwater. It also signalled the day the accumulation of water-borne parasites caught up with me. I needed a sanctuary with a fan, hot water, a TV with English channels and a toilet, and the 120 peso private room at Hostel Monte Cassino delivered. This quaint joint is run by the most legendary Italian-Mexican couple, and is located in the throng of shops, bars, restaurants and pharmacies right in front of Playa Principal (not that I left my bed). This isn’t the nicest beach – Zicatella and La Punta are far better, but it’s fun for a day or two, plus taxis are 30 pesos to pretty much anywhere in the town anyway. Monte Cassino also contains a restaurant that serves Italian cuisine so divine that I forced myself to keep my fettuccine vegetables down. One thing to note is that towels are 100 pesos to rent, but you get it all back when you check out. There’s no party scene in the actual hostel, but you can hear everyone getting loose on the street outside, so no biggie. A home away from home(ish).