A number of lodgings sprinkle the San Agustinillo beachfront and hillside above the road. Here, you can enjoy it all: charming Mexican beach village ambience; stores and small restaurants nearby; hammock-hung verandas with gorgeous views of the foaming San Agustinillo surf; and hundreds of yards of golden sand to wander upon.

Sunset on the beach at San Agustinillo, Oaxaca.

Sunset on the beach at San Agustinillo, Oaxaca. Photo © waywuwei, licensed Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives.

Accommodations for $25-50

One of the most popular options, where you can walk out your door right onto the sand, is Mexico Lindo (Playa San Agustinillo, no phone, faustojasso@gmail.com, $40 d), at the west end of the village. Italian-born owner-manager Fausto offers five spacious individually decorated cabañas in two stories, with soft beds and private shower-baths. Amenities include fans and Fausto’s good restaurant next door.

Accommodations for $50-100

If you prefer the beach, consider Posada La Termita, right on the dazzling San Agustinillo beachfront.In the middle of San Agustinillo is Casazul (tel. 958/584-6489, casazulplus@hotmail.com, $35-85), uphill two long blocks, at the end of a driveway signed “Casa Azul.” This hillside-perched, stucco-and-tile, art-decorated complex offers four lodgings, including a rustic whitewashed cabaña in-the-round, with queen-size bed, small refrigerator, and private bath, by the swimming pool. Two casitas each come with a double bed and kitchenette, sharing a panoramic ocean-view veranda. One two-bedroom kitchenette apartment has two double beds and one bath, and a patio with a view. Extras include breakfast service at additional cost, mosquito nets, and a lovely blue lap pool.

If you prefer the beach, consider Posada La Termita (Playa San Agustinillo, local cell tel. 044-958/589-3046, $70-80), right on the dazzling San Agustinillo beachfront. Italian-born owner Isabel Bresci offers four comfortable upstairs rooms, with choice of one king-size bed, one queen-size bed, or two queen-size beds, with private hot-water shower-bath, fan, mosquito net, in-house Internet, and a downstairs ocean-view restaurant, with good cappuccino, breakfasts, and pizza.

Accommodations over $100

Casa Pan de Miel (about 0.3 mile west of San Agustillo village, tel. 958/584-3509, $100-225), the lifelong dream-come-true of French-born co-owner Anne Gillete, perches on its airy hilltop above the blue Pacific. Only superlatives can describe the architecturally designed amenities: spacious veranda breakfast restaurant; a blue designer pool; soft couches and chairs for sitting inside; lounge chairs and umbrellas by the pool; and panoramic ocean views east, toward San Agustinillo, south, out to sea, and west, toward Mazunte’s gracefully curving strand. Guests enjoy eight spacious, comfortable, and artfully decorated deluxe rooms, with private view porches, hot-water bathrooms, fans, air-conditioning, and credit cards accepted, but no children under 12.

Excerpted from the Seventh Edition of Moon Oaxaca.