The palapa overlooked Carizzalillo Bay with the most gorgeous views and 24-hr sounds of waves. It surprised us that only a couple of blocks away were some of the best restaurants and cafes in Puerto Escondido, along Benito Juarez. We went out for dinner every night. Turtle Bay was our favorite restaurant experience, as it hosts a true chef, trained to create unique & quality cuisine.
Carizzalillo beach is about a 7-10 minute walk. Though it involves a steep 170 stairs to get down, so it's not super friendly for folks with mobility challenges. Full of beggining surfers, but swimmers also hang out nearer the shoreline.
Hosts were available for any questions and lovely. There was also a woman who came to clean 3 times per week, and she was so friendly, as well as efficient. Our only caveat to future guests would be to make sure you can handle the daytime humidity. Evenings were usually breezy in the palapa, but being an open air dwelling, sometimes it was hard to motivate during the heat of the day. But the enclosed bedroom does have AC for sleeping or even a reading retreat daytime if you need to cool off! And a fan is provided in the living room, which helps a lot.
Finally, since there are no direct flights from major cities outside of Mexico City, we would also warn that our itineraries were changed multiple times, which made for long & confusing traveling. The airlines seem to be at the mercy of constantly changing schedules from Mexico City airport, which can mean changes and delays in the range of a few hours to a couple of days even!
Overall, we had a great experience exploring Puerto Escondido and we really were grateful that we stayed with John and Lily!