About Puerto Escondido

Commonly known as the "Mexican Pipeline," it's not a random coincidence that this heavily photographed spot is compared to another gigantic, awe-inspiring, fearsome Pacific wave. A deep off-shore trench helps focus and amplify southerly swells, which explains why Puerto's two main waves (a left called Far Bar and a right called Carmelita's) seldom dip under head high all summer and occasionally max out at 40- to 60-foot faces. Despite breaking over a sandy bottom fairly close to shore, when it's big, you better know what you're doing out there. Hazards include, but aren't limited to: strong currents, inescapable rips, and board-snapping duck dives. It's a minefield out there, but if you connect with the right wave, you'll know the true meaning of the word "cavern."

Source: Puerto Escondido Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv

Advanced to pro barrel riding.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Intense, highly skilled.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Heavy most days.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

World Class, but only for the advanced to pro surfer.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Heavy paddle to get out and tough to stay in position.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Fairly clean.

Additional Information


Theft, strong currents, heavy waves.


Easy. Hotel and restaurant parking galore.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard, bodysurfing, gun



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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