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Surf Spirit of Oaxaca

Accommodation
Private villas & bungalows
Duration
5+ nights
Nearest major airport
Bahías de Huatulco International Airport (HUX)

Discover the best of Mexico

"In between the well-known Puerto Escondido and Salina Cruz, we invite you on a journey into the heart of one of the most surf-rich regions of the world, Southern Oaxaca. Here lies 250km of unspoiled tropical coastline with an abundance of different waves unbeknownst to most. An area where the biodiversity index is amongst the highest in the world and where whales, sea turtles, dolphins, jaguars, and countless bird species call home. With over 30 years of experience as surf guides, we'll guide you through the remarkable waves, culture, wildlife, cuisine, and spirit of Oaxaca."

The surf

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Its no secret that Oaxaca has world-class waves and with the right guide, you can find yourself an excellent break with little to no crowd. Although there are no surf cams in the region, Pablo, our expert surf guide has an extensive network that allows for real-time reports of many remote stretches of coast.

There are many different surf spots between Huatulco and Salina Cruz but don’t just think you can rent a car and use Google Earth, outside of Barra de La Cruz, you must have a guide or you will not be or allowed to surf by locals. Pablo has worked as guide for over 30 years and no matter where you go, you’ll see that Pablo knows everyone and is welcomed as a friend.

With direct exposure to south swells, waves in this region range from big, fast and powerful, to long and mellow point breaks. While our focus will be to bring you to secluded spots for fun, laid back sessions, there are some breaks in the area (like Barra) that may entice you to compete alongside incredibly talented locals and some of the best surfers from around the world. Our trip is based out of Huatulco and while we can accommodate beginners, conditions during peak season are best for intermediate to advanced surfers.

The adventure

This surf adventure spans the breaks south of Huatulco and north of Salina Cruz. Each night we will discuss the forecasted conditions and check-in with the group as to the type of wave they seek.

Conditions are generally best in the morning when the wind is calm and the heat of the day is not yet brutal. We may often leave before sunrise to reach a break at sunrise and have the option of checking spots along the way. If the conditions are right and the energy is high, we may stay at one break for hours and then check another location nearby. We can bring plenty of water and snacks to fuel the morning mission and a couple of dollars will get you an excellent local lunch before we head back to Huatulco.

Culture/nature

Here at Surf Spirit of Oaxaca, we are committed to making sure you get the best possible waves during your trip. Yet, the surf is only half of what we offer, the other half...well, that is the Spirit of Oaxaca. We believe that bringing people together with respect for their surroundings always leads to positive experiences and lasting memories. We are genuinely excited to show and share with you our home, just be prepared to want to come back soon!

The local cuisine is amazing and affordable and there are an array of bars that have live music and sporting events for those that want some nighttime action. If you feel the call (and have the energy) after surfing we can also arrange for private mezcal tastings and distillery visits, cooking classes, dancing lessons, sailing and fishing trips, waterfall hikes, visits to sea turtle nesting sites, artisanal mezcal tasting with the locals, golfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and much more....just be sure to save some energy because the surf is no joke.

Getting there
Fly into Huatulco airport (HUX). We'll pick you up at the airport.
Fly into Huatulco airport (HUX). We'll pick you up at the airport.

Surf Spirit of Oaxaca

Leading trips since 2021
Pablo Narvaez
Pablo Narvaez
Pablo Narvaez

My name is Pablo Narvaez and I was born in Barra de La Cruz. I have over 30 years of experience as a guide in this region. I'm an experienced surfer, passionate environmental activist, and photographer. In a region where the nearest cam is hundreds of kilometers away, my extensive network gives me access to real-time surf reports and exclusive access to protected spots. I'm excited to show you the surf and culture Southern Oaxaca.

Languages: English, Spanish
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours
United States of America
John
Casual surfer, Dec 2021
Pablo is great! I can’t wait to go back! Took us to a cool secret right break and we surfed Barra a bunch! Also ate some great food and had some... show more
Pablo is great! I can’t wait to go back! Took us to a cool secret right break and we surfed Barra a bunch! Also ate some great food and had some good times! Also the hot... show more
John's photo of Surf Spirit of Oaxaca
John's photo of Surf Spirit of Oaxaca
United States of America
Beth
Avid surfer, Sep 2021
My trip was amazing and definitely one of my favorite surf tips for so many reasons. Amazing surf, Pablo knows every secret surf spot, great vibe... show more
My trip was amazing and definitely one of my favorite surf tips for so many reasons. Amazing surf, Pablo knows every secret surf spot, great vibes, beautiful region, incr... show more

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Questions?

What's included?
Guide services to and from the surf as well as other activities such as nature and waterfall hikes, coffee plantation tours, mezcal tasting, and the best meals in Huatulco. Note: other activities have... read more
What's not included?
Meals, photography, additional tours/experiences.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 30 days before the trip starts.
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