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Latitude: 23° 44.745' N
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Patoles is about 1.5 h north of Mazatlan on highway 15. Turn off the toll road at Km 69 and cross the over pass and follow the road for 5 km. Go under the railroad underpass and follow the road to the beach.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name dimas
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionSouthWest
Good wind directionSouth
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
There are 5 spots in the area: Celestinos, Patoles, Dimas, La Punita and Rucos. There is a spot for everybody from beginners to experts. CELESTINOS is a consistent Left Point Break and works well between April and September when large south swells push through. PATOLES is a powerful left hand point break. Very long and fun, and the best surf is between March and October. DIMAS is a fun Beach Break with both rights and lefts. Usually gets swells best from the south west. Hollow, powerfull and barreling when its on. LA PUNTITA is a left hand point break with a sand/rock bottom. Very fun and sometimes long waves. Good for all levels of surfing ability. RUCOS is a Beachbreak with rights and lefts and is very powerful, fast and hollow. Starts working at 3-5 ft and holds up to 10 ft. One of Sinaloa's best beach breaks.
I stayed in this little fishing village called Las Barras de Piaxtla, from there you can access all the spots. If you are a group of at least 4 people you can hire a boat to take you to Patoles, which is a lot easier then taking a car. The other spots are pretty easy to reach with a car. Las Barras de Piaxtla is the last secret for surfers. There is nobody around, you will have the wave to yourself.
It is pretty remote, so if you want to party hard with crowds this place is not for you. On the other hand if you want to go and just hang out with a group of friends or your girl, this place is perfect. There is also Sea Kayak, Fishing, Biking and Bird watching in the estuary.
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