Health & safety
Beware: the Zipolite surf is deadly. It’s fraught with riptides, changing currents and a strong undertow. Locals don’t swim here, and going in deeper than your knees can be risking your life. Local voluntary salvavidas (lifeguards) have rescued many, but they don’t maintain a permanent watch, and people drown here yearly. The shore break is one only experienced surfers should attempt.
Theft can be a problem, so it’s good to stay somewhere where you can lock your valuables in a safe. It’s not advisable to walk alone on the beach, or along the Puerto Ángel−Zipolite road, after dark.
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