Geographically, Mexico has more in common with it’s northern neighbour. Culturally it is a world apart, and with far more similarities to it’s Central American neighbours to the south.
The northern Baja Peninsular promises desert camping trips, long pointbreaks and minimal crowds. At the southern tip of Baja lies Cabo San Lucas – a resort town home to plenty of quality waves.
Oaxaca’s Puerto Escondido continues to lure barrel junkies and the Mexican Pipeline has been filling magazines and videos for years. With throaty barrels as big as you can handle, tube fiends have been calling this place home for extended periods during the winter months.
But there’s much much more to Mexico – with literally dozens of world class sand points and reefs, peppered by hundreds of miles of empty beachbreaks – a guided trip can unlock Mexico’s surf secrets.
With a wide swell window, Mexico has waves year round and the best time of year depends on the region. Generally, April to October sees the most swell. During these months, low pressure systems from the south and localized tropical storms send waves into Mexico’s west coast.
From November to March, the surf is smaller, but sunny conditions and dry offshores provide a refuge for northern hemisphere surfers seeking to escape the winter.
In the northern mainland Mexico region around Mazatlan, April – October are regarded are the most consistent months for waves. Similarly, Oaxaca and the southern mainland areas from Huatulco to Salina Cruz are open to southerly swells and the wet season months of April-October light these areas up.