In the 70's; Several young people arrived at Zipolite, amazed, they threw themselves swimming and sunbathing, without clothes, inaugurating Zipolite nudist beach in Mexico
In this place since the fifties two or three families lived mainly dedicated to the temporary planting of corn, beans, squash, sesame, that is to say, taking advantage of the rainy season to achieve self-consumption production and hunting of wild animals.
For the same purpose, in 1956 Messrs. Donald Brockington (archaeologist) and Gabriel de Cicco (ethnologist) sent by the MEXICO CITY COLLEGE and the ESCUELA NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGÍA E HISTORIA; carried out a study on the land of Mr. Luciano Cruz Ensaldo located next to the breach heading for Puerto Ángel in which figures, sherds and vessels were found, representing the Monte Albán I or II periods. Others correspond to the Tehotihuacan influence arrived perhaps through Monte Albán. Two supports were also found, one polychrome that may signify Mixtec occupation.
In short, there appears to have been a long and continuous occupation by groups of various cultural influences.
In the sixties the entire area was owned by 3 or 4 people and the beach was covered with: mesquite, ojos de venado, nopales, carnizuelos, that is, all kinds of thorny plants that little by little were disappearing under the influence of human occupation.
In 1970 a total eclipse of the sun occurred, which would be seen in all its magnitude in an area near Miahuatlán and Oaxaca, hundreds of people, scientists, journalists, ordinary people gathered in this place to see the astronomical event of the decade.
It was the era of rock and roll and under the motto of "love and peace" The young people of those times at the end of the eclipse found out that to the south was paradise, yes, a virgin beach, very large, without any constructions. They arrived at Zipolite and in effect found what they had been told, amazed they threw themselves swimming and sunbathing, without clothes, thus inaugurating the first Mexican nudist beach; eran los denominados “hippies”.
Today Zipolite is a town also called a "global village" as someone out there said; with its uses and customs in which foreigners who have fallen in love with the place and who have chosen to live with people from all over the country and with natives of the community peacefully coexist.
Zipolite is known as Playa de Muertos; Because the tourists who arrived abused alcohol or other substances and in this situation they challenge the open sea that has currents and eddies that despite the good swimmer has caused many deaths.
According to some people, its name is due to the abundance of buzzards.
According to Profr. Fernando Ruíz Amaya means place of snails derived from the Nahuatl chipulli (snail) and itetl (abundance). Taken from the Nahuatl etymology book by José M. Brando and the Nahuatl dictionary by Reimy Brando.)
According to Gloria Jhonson, owner of Shambala, it means Place of great vision (cepolithoa)