MEET THE WRITER
Travel, arts, and fitness writer Nick Hilden has spent 10-plus years writing for publications including the Los Angeles Times, Men’s Health, Vice, and more.
When was the last time you visited Puerto Escondido? What drew you there?
When I first spent a few months there, I quickly fell for its serene remoteness and friendly locals -- not to mention the sun and sand. From then on it became my annual winter retreat. Prices were cheap and the pace was super easy-going. With each return, however, I’ve seen the costs creep up, the crowds roll in, and tempo of daily life build. Regardless of how much it changes I’ll keep going back, as it’s come to feel like my home away from home.
What’s your average day like?
I spend my mornings working, my days swimming in abandoned beach coves, my evenings playing the guitar for a handful of sunset watchers, and my nights either arguing about fishing with old-man-expats over a pile of shrimp, or dancing at the beachside fiestas.
Number one can’t-miss recommendation?
When I’m in town I have my regular bar where I perform music now and again (Piyoli), my preferred hostels and Airbnbs (Casa Daikiri, Casa Aloe), and my favorite hidden beach cove that I speak of to no one.
Next big trip you have planned in 2020?
I’m about to head out on a year of big travels that should take me through Southeast Asia, Mediterranean Europe, North Africa, and Southeast Africa. My starting point for the year will be in Bangkok, where I’ll spend a month editing my first novel and starting on my second. From there my itinerary gets rather hectic, but I would not be surprised if I end up back in Puerto Escondido when winter comes around. In fact, I would bet on it.