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

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

Advanced to pro barrel riding.

Local Vibe

Intimidating

Welcoming Intimidating

Intense, highly skilled.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Heavy most days.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

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

Shoulder Burn

Exhausting

Light Exhausting

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

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Fairly clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Theft, strong currents, heavy waves.

Access

Easy. Hotel and restaurant parking galore.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard, bodysurfing, gun

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

Spring-Autumn

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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