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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Chacahua

Mexico, Oaxaca-Chiapas

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 15° 58.054' N
Longitude: 97° 40.611' W

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Decent wave that can get pretty fun if you have the time. Catch bus to Puerto escondido drop off at Rio Grande town . Taxi collectivo 25 pesos to local town on shore of laguna system someting with Z.... .if you are in a group its probably worth chartering a boat for 50 $ or more otherwise Take a lancha boat about 50 p to the other side jump off to a camioneta thats usually waiting if your not the only passenger.Best time to arrive for transport early morning 5 - 6 am in Rio grande on the way back ask the locals if and when they are going back. Otherwise there is a long, sandy road for 4x4 vehicles you ll end up in the unspectacular town on the other side of the river.
surfbreaks and cabanas are on the left hand side of the river there a long beach starting from the lighthouse and continueing for some kilometers should be some beachbreak as well.
There are no Bars Discos or prostitutes eg. not suitable for the average Gringo surfer dude respect the local people speak at least some spanish and they will warmheartedly welcome you like most mexicans. Best place to stay, Cabanas Piocho nice guy very nice family. Camping is possible as well and is free if you consume food and drinks. Cabanas about 5-6 $ per person

English (Translate this text in English): Decent wave that can get pretty fun if you have the time. Catch bus to Puerto escondido drop off at Rio Grande town . Taxi collectivo 25 pesos to local town on shore of laguna system someting with Z.... .if you are in a group its probably worth chartering a boat for 50 $ or more otherwise Take a lancha boat about 50 p to the other side jump off to a camioneta thats usually waiting if your not the only passenger.Best time to arrive for transport early morning 5 - 6 am in Rio grande on the way back ask the locals if and when they are going back. Otherwise there is a long, sandy road for 4x4 vehicles you ll end up in the unspectacular town on the other side of the river.
surfbreaks and cabanas are on the left hand side of the river there a long beach starting from the lighthouse and continueing for some kilometers should be some beachbreak as well.
There are no Bars Discos or prostitutes eg. not suitable for the average Gringo surfer dude respect the local people speak at least some spanish and they will warmheartedly welcome you like most mexicans. Best place to stay, Cabanas Piocho nice guy very nice family. Camping is possible as well and is free if you consume food and drinks. Cabanas about 5-6 $ per person

English (Translate this text in English): Decent wave that can get pretty fun if you have the time. Catch bus to Puerto escondido drop off at Rio Grande town . Taxi collectivo 25 pesos to local town on shore of laguna system someting with Z.... .if you are in a group its probably worth chartering a boat for 50 $ or more otherwise Take a lancha boat about 50 p to the other side jump off to a camioneta thats usually waiting if your not the only passenger.Best time to arrive for transport early morning 5 - 6 am in Rio grande on the way back ask the locals if and when they are going back. Otherwise there is a long, sandy road for 4x4 vehicles you ll end up in the unspectacular town on the other side of the river.
surfbreaks and cabanas are on the left hand side of the river there a long beach starting from the lighthouse and continueing for some kilometers should be some beachbreak as well.
There are no Bars Discos or prostitutes eg. not suitable for the average Gringo surfer dude respect the local people speak at least some spanish and they will warmheartedly welcome you like most mexicans. Best place to stay, Cabanas Piocho nice guy very nice family. Camping is possible as well and is free if you consume food and drinks. Cabanas about 5-6 $ per person

English (Translate this text in English): Decent wave that can get pretty fun if you have the time. Catch bus to Puerto escondido drop off at Rio Grande town . Taxi collectivo 25 pesos to local town on shore of laguna system someting with Z.... .if you are in a group its probably worth chartering a boat for 50 $ or more otherwise Take a lancha boat about 50 p to the other side jump off to a camioneta thats usually waiting if your not the only passenger.Best time to arrive for transport early morning 5 - 6 am in Rio grande on the way back ask the locals if and when they are going back. Otherwise there is a long, sandy road for 4x4 vehicles you ll end up in the unspectacular town on the other side of the river.
surfbreaks and cabanas are on the left hand side of the river there a long beach starting from the lighthouse and continueing for some kilometers should be some beachbreak as well.
There are no Bars Discos or prostitutes eg. not suitable for the average Gringo surfer dude respect the local people speak at least some spanish and they will warmheartedly welcome you like most mexicans. Best place to stay, Cabanas Piocho nice guy very nice family. Camping is possible as well and is free if you consume food and drinks. Cabanas about 5-6 $ per person

DistanceSurf trip

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessBy boat only

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceBeginners wave

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthEast

Good wind directionSouth

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Localism
- Pollution
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Wild lagoons, lots of fruit and plenty of fish if you help the locals with boats. No formal accommodation, but available with negotiations. Mosquitos and sand flies are the worst iv'e ever seen. Camping is free in some places if you consume food and drinks ( take care of your belongings as theft is a big problem). Really requires good southern swell which is only reliable in wet season, particularly late part. Stay close to the beach (good breezes) or up above the ground to avoid the abundant amount of insects. Plenty of firewood, well water, and a handfull of supplies, feels like your tarzan.

English (Translate this text in English): Wild lagoons, lots of fruit and plenty of fish if you help the locals with boats. No formal accommodation, but available with negotiations. Mosquitos and sand flies are the worst iv'e ever seen. Camping is free in some places if you consume food and drinks ( take care of your belongings as theft is a big problem). Really requires good southern swell which is only reliable in wet season, particularly late part. Stay close to the beach (good breezes) or up above the ground to avoid the abundant amount of insects. Plenty of firewood, well water, and a handfull of supplies, feels like your tarzan.

English (Translate this text in English): Wild lagoons, lots of fruit and plenty of fish if you help the locals with boats. No formal accommodation, but available with negotiations. Mosquitos and sand flies are the worst iv'e ever seen. Camping is free in some places if you consume food and drinks ( take care of your belongings as theft is a big problem). Really requires good southern swell which is only reliable in wet season, particularly late part. Stay close to the beach (good breezes) or up above the ground to avoid the abundant amount of insects. Plenty of firewood, well water, and a handfull of supplies, feels like your tarzan.

English (Translate this text in English): Wild lagoons, lots of fruit and plenty of fish if you help the locals with boats. No formal accommodation, but available with negotiations. Mosquitos and sand flies are the worst iv'e ever seen. Camping is free in some places if you consume food and drinks ( take care of your belongings as theft is a big problem). Really requires good southern swell which is only reliable in wet season, particularly late part. Stay close to the beach (good breezes) or up above the ground to avoid the abundant amount of insects. Plenty of firewood, well water, and a handfull of supplies, feels like your tarzan.

Atmosphere

beautiful place that needs a big swell for it to start working. The currents can get really bad there as you are paddling out and cant even make it to the line up.

English (Translate this text in English): beautiful place that needs a big swell for it to start working. The currents can get really bad there as you are paddling out and cant even make it to the line up.

English (Translate this text in English): beautiful place that needs a big swell for it to start working. The currents can get really bad there as you are paddling out and cant even make it to the line up.

English (Translate this text in English): beautiful place that needs a big swell for it to start working. The currents can get really bad there as you are paddling out and cant even make it to the line up.

General

no hay mucho gringos nrteamericanos ni otros ladrones.

English (Translate this text in English):  no hay mucho gringos nrteamericanos ni otros ladrones.

English (Translate this text in English):  no hay mucho gringos nrteamericanos ni otros ladrones.

English (Translate this text in English):  no hay mucho gringos nrteamericanos ni otros ladrones.

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By Anonymous , 01-03-2012

Too Sketchy Now - OK - here's the deal. I stayed here for 3 winters and into July. The wave gets OK (nothing like Barra or the other E'erly points though) and was a good crowd escape if you didn't mind sitting in a Mosquito played hut when you weren't in the water. part from surf there is NOTHING there and its a hassle to get in or out - a mission, and then you need the locals on your side.....so fluent Spanish. The Islanders police themselves (10 locals / year are sworn in) so its rough justice - behave and keep your head down as you have 10 x more cash than any of them. 18 months ago a very bad crowd blew in from Puerto and theres a bit of a protection racket going down there now by ex-drug guys lying low. 2 x tent loads of Gringo surfers were robbed at gunpoint on the beach last April - everything taken and the guys roughed up.......Im moving on to Panama and Colombia now as its just too sketchy there and crowded everywhere else. Peace and good waves

By Anonymous , 13-05-2010

i don't see what the big deal is - this wave can be ok, but its kind of mushy, and crowded. the sandflies are worse than san blas. dengue is a real threat. i'm not saying don't go, but do take precautions. the mosquitos can kill you here.
its not the cheapest place in mex either.

By Anonymous , 20-12-2009

Buenisimo - Chacahua buenisimo buen surf 9 pies tubos y ola muy larga gringos fuera chacahua para sudamerica

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