Puerto Ángel ’s entertainments are mostly spontaneous. If anything exciting is going to happen, it will most likely be on the beachfront Boulevard Uribe, where people tend to congregate during the late afternoon and evenings. A small crowd may accumulate in the adjacent restaurant Villa Florencia for coffee, talk, or something from the bar.
Sunset-watchers get their best chance from the unobstructed hilltop perch of the Hotel Ángel del Mar (atop Puerto Ángel’s west-side headland, or the east (Puerto Ángel) end restaurants on the beach in Zipolite, where the bars and restaurants offer something to enliven the occasion even if clouds happen to block the view.
For more lively nightlife, head west to Zipolite and Mazunte. In Zipolite , follow the youthful folks who (especially Saturdays) crowd into Disco La Puesta (on the Zipolite adoquín, 9 p.m. until the wee hours Tues.–Sat.).
Also, relax in the palm-tufted garden of the Italian-managed Buonvento restaurant (on the adoquín, at the Puerto Ángel end, tel. 958/584-3155, 6 p.m.–midnight daily). For supper, enjoy half a dozen varieties of pizza ($5–12) from 6 p.m., televised sports events, and live music Friday and Saturday and large-screen movies Sunday, both beginning at 9 p.m.
Alternatively, in Mazunte , join the regulars who relax at hangout La Barrita (Calle La Barita #20, 6 p.m.–midnight nightly) with drinks and dancing (usually to recorded music) in the jardí garden-patio. Find it in mid-village, on Calle Barrita, by the beach.
Hotel Ángel del Mar (hire a taxi uphill from Playa Panteón ) sometimes provides music for dancing during the highest seasons, most likely between Christmas and New Year and the week before Easter.
Puerto Ángel ’s major scheduled event is the big Fiesta de San Miguel Arcangel on October 1 and 2. Then the mascaritas (masked children) dancers romp, carnival games and rides light up the streetfront, and a regatta of fishing boats parades around the bay.