Puerto Escondido

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It's really inexpensive and the food is great, nice people and also is a safe place to stay, and don't forget to visit "Wipeout Bar" located on the main street with the two more beautiful women in town, after that go to "El Tubo" right on the beach (be sure to arrive after 1:00am)

The waves are at its biggest in the summer when most other summers are small. This is because the turning of Mexico. Puerto Escondido almost faces south. So what happens is that they get all the winter waves that are created in the South American like in Chile an Peru in the winter and it throught it up to Mexico. So that is how you get big as waves in the summer. I was there in June, and they were waiting for the real big ones around mid July.

Difficult to paddle out, you either need the help of a jetsky or go out throug the right where the beach gets real deap and then paddle to the spot you want to take off from. That can take some time.
This spot is crowded. Locals and travellers are both heavy.

Additional Info:
The mexican Pipeline: fast, hollow, destroyer of boards. Considered by some people to be the best beachbreak in the world, along with Kirra in Australia and La Graviere in France. The main beach (Marinero) isn't surfed. Go to the beachbreak of Zicatela. On average day, the wave closes out 2 times on 3. So you must be attentive to catch the good ones, also be aware of backwash. Up to 8ft, the wave is often crowded. However, above this size a high technical level of surf is required - the crowds thin out. Take a longer board for the tubes. Surf early in the morning to avoid the typical onshore wind which gets up from around 10-11h but which turns offshore again before the night. No problem to get your broken board repaired in PE, its got a whole surf community.


WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypeBeach break
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc.) with sand
PowerHollow, Fast
FrequencyDon't know
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionSouthWest
Swell directionSouthWest
Swell size3ft-5ft - 16ft and over
TideDon't know
Tide movementRising and falling tides
WeekFew surfers

Rips / undertow, Rocks, Localism



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