Next year im going to go to either costa rica or puerto escondido, wich one do you guys think i should go to for two weeks in february? Im looking for what has better waves, and i need your opinion.
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Costa Rica or Puerto Escondido?
Mar 30, 2009, 12:10 AM #2
costa. it will be head high everyday and perfect. i went last year and had time of my life. i dont know much about puerto escondido
puerto escondido can get really beast, costa on the other hand will probably head high at the most.
in puerto escondido, ive seen waves at least 27ft. They were so big that when they would break, if you were on the beach running you'd fall down and if you were on a street next to the beach, it would shake and its really loud! But the only bad thing is, 25 feet is a little to big for me. the biggest wave ive surfed was probably about 16 ft in st. thomas to be honest.
You rode Hull Bay at 16 foot!!! When I was was there last year during one of those storms of the century late march 2008 it was only just over head if I remember right. Had a friend go to escondito with his brother. First paddle out on a head high day his brother took a wave right into his back and it broke both his back and the board under him . Go to Costa.
Mar 30, 2009, 04:01 AM #6
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- Lewes, DE
depends on what you are looking for. I've been to both places.
Puerto Escondido is the heaviest wave I have ever surfed. Giant barrels that close out the majority of the time. It gets big, really big. Puerto is an extremely easy trip, because you'll stay right in front of the break and just walk there.
If you want to surf moderate sized, less threatening waves, then Puerto is not the place for you. If you are just looking for that one mental shack that will make your trip, then ya, go for it.
Mar 30, 2009, 01:49 PM #8Senior Member
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If you have been to puerto 8 times then why not try something different? I have never been to puerto but I hear about it a lot and would think the waves were better there...atleast size wise. I caught costa at 10ft+ last month for 2-3 days. The rest of the time it was about 6-8ft. A small every day, day at costa will be head high... the only problem is, the place is supper tide dependent and the wind is ****ed up for most of the day. At Hermosa you have to hope that you catch the incoming tide during the A.M. when the winds are dead offshore.
I recommend Hermosa because from what I hear it is the most consistent. I only have experience with Hermosa so I can't speak for Tam or Southern CR. You can stay right on the beach and it is a good starting point because if the waves are maxing out there then all the spots around it will be really fun. They call Hermosa the puerto/pipe of Costa.
As for empty waves...I was there during their "on season" and it was less crowded then any place I ever surfed. We got a good two days up at Bocca Borraca and it got really crowded there but it is one of the longest left points on the planet so people were spread out. Sometimes a nice little right breaks mid/inside reef. It was breaking when I was there. If you catch it at the size we had it at you could take a wave all the way from the farthest point for about a mile to this little pier on the inside. Sometimes you will get a little barrel section on takeoff but the wave generally does not barrel. 2-3 waves there and you are done for the day.
Other then that the people were amazing and just make sure you give back to them while you are there. Left over wax/beer/tips. A little bit goes a long way with the locals there. Trust me.
P.S. If you are goofy then you will love it...The Land of Lefts
Mar 30, 2009, 03:57 PM #9Junior Member
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ive been to both places as well. if youve been to puerto 8 times there really no reason to go to costa. its almost like youre downgrading. i got totally skunked in cost rica and i love puerto so i guess im kind of bias. hermosa is almost like a smaller, less powerful verson of puerto. id say either puerto again or even nicaragua or panama or something.
Mar 30, 2009, 04:13 PM #10
in feb, I'd do puerto. that's a fairly weak time for CR waves. You probably ought to check out the violence situation there before booking a trip to be sure it's safe since there's alot of heavy stuff going down in Mexico right now.