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Mexicos is one of 3 breaks in the stunning St Ives Bay. It’s named after a pub of the same name that used to be there, but is no more. Situated between Hayle Towans and Upton Towans, the beach is backed by enormous sand dunes, known as ‘towans’.

The walk back up the sand dunes from beach to carpark can be a killer, so be sure to take the right kit down to the beach with you, or you’ll be swearing!


Wind Directions

The Bluff will work on anything from W to NE. NW is onshore. Pure W is gusty.

Tide States

Mexicos will work at any tide state.

Riding Types

Mexicos is a wave venue, providing relatively clean sets. However for you twin tip riders, the intervals between waves can be glassy, providing excellent boosting potential. If flat water is your thing, The Bluff might be a better choice.

Local Information

As with many Cornish beaches, Mexicos can get pretty busy in the summer months. There's a lifeguarded area for swimmers and bodyboarders. You'll need to stay clear.


Erm, not much really. Be warned, Mexicos doesn't have toilets.

  • Paid carpark
  • A great little snack bar in the summer months
  • Lifeguard in the summer months


  • Stay at least 100m from boats
  • Tourists / other beach users.

Getting There & Parking

Mexicos can be a pain to find. I drove past the entrance 3 times before I finally located it. Parking is paid via a machine, on the dirt track on the way in.

Weather Forecast & Live Readings

I'm hoping at some point to get a decent feed into the site for weather, but until then here's a link to 7 day wind forecast for Hayle.

And if you're wondering if it's on right now, I think this is the best resource: Latest hour by hour wind readings, Camborne. If you use the XCweather mobile site on your phone, you can navigate to the Newquay Airport station. On the XCWeather site, just hit the home page and click on the nearest arrow for a live reading.

There could well be a better resource then these for this area, but it has served me well for my visits.