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The nearest airport is in Veracruz city, and from there its a 3 hour drive from Veracruz to Catemaco in los Tuxtlas.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessBy boat only
Alternative name La Barra de Sontecomapan
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthEast
Good wind directionEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
- Rips / undertow
Park your car in Sontecomapan and from there you take a 20 minute boat ride to La Barra.
La Barra has left and right sections and you will have no problems with localism (it's a fishermen’s town).
On a small day you should take a longboard, but if you’re there on a good day, then don’t forget to pack your shortboard.
Things you can do if it's flat:
You can chill out in a hotel 5 minutes away from La Barra called Rancho los Amigos. They have nice cabins and a great atmosphere.
If you're interested in learning Spanish while you're travelling you can take great Spanish lessons in a school located in Catemaco called "Mexico Magico".
The best time to surf is during Nortes’ season (tropical storms), wich begins around September and lasts until March. After that it’s flat for about 2 months or 3, but sometimes hurricanes appear around that time, and that’s when the serious waves appear.
During the wave season you get about 2 Nortes (tropical storms) per week so you can get decent 6-7 Foot faces. More rights than lefts but it offers both choices.
It's a mellow atmosphere because la Barra is a nice virgin beach wich has a population of 500 people.
Its economy depends on fishing and turism.
It's a fun beach break, left and right and ocasionally barreling. It's always empty and you can have a lot of fun. One of the best beach breaks in the gulf during norte seasion.
It’s a fun spot which breaks with tropical storms (people call this storms "Nortes"), but when you get a nice storm with 65 miles per hour winds, you get good waves on the next two days.
Just be careful with the rips and you will have a lot of fun.
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