Puerto Escondido is home to the Mexican Pipeline; a 4km strip of beach known as Zicatela. As one of top ten international surf spots, this hardcore break attracts the most badass surfers from around the world. Boasting waves that can reach up to 6 metres in May through October.
But, as if having the best break in Mexico wasn’t enough, surfing Puerto Escondido offers something for all levels. Making it the perfect place for a surfing adventure for pros and newbies alike.
Next to Zicatela, the most famous (and my personal favourite for surfing Puerto Escondido) would be Playa Carrizalillo. A small beach downtown that’s sheltered by a cove; it’s perfect for beginner surfers, swimmers, and snorkelers alike.
You can rent a board on the beach for $80 pesos (£3.20) an hour or $200 (£8) for the day. Alternatively, you can hire one elsewhere and take it with you down the 157 step descent to the beach. It’s definitely a good work-out for the ol’ glutes!
For those with the surfing basics down, La Punta (the point) at the southernmost section of Playa Zicatela offers a wave for all levels. You should be aware though that La Punta can be as fierce as Zicatela when it’s going off – so be warned!
The best thing to do is to read a surf report or better still, choose accommodation that’s close to the ocean (Casa Kei is recommended). Then you can bimble down to the beach to check out the strength of the waves before you commit. Again, it’s easy to rent a board at the far end of La Punta, where you’ll find a handful of surf shacks with boards to rent for $100 pesos (£4) an hour or $300 (£12) for the day.
Here I am, concentrating hard not to fall face-first into the surf. Lol.
There are heaps of places to get surfing lessons in Puerto Escondido. Either through official schools (Puerto Surf is recommended); or, by hiring one of the muchachos locales (local lads), who hang around the beach awaiting willing learners.
Be careful of the pretenders though. The guys who aren’t really surf teachers, but have some skill and are looking to make a fast buck. They simply push the back of your board without any further instruction. It’s fine if you just want to have fun, but it’s not going to help you to progress.
You can avoid these guys by chatting to locals or the volunteers/staff where you’re staying and asking for their recommended list of instructors.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro, intermediate or right at the beginning of your adventure into surfing. The surf-friendly waves and near-deserted beaches of Puerto Escondido will suck you in, making it harder and harder to remember who you were before this was your life.