Being such an elongated country with two coastlines, Mexico offers a broad range of incredible surf spots. Although there are some big resorts on the carribean side like Cancun, almost all of the surf spots are on the Pacific side.
A common misconception is that Mexico is only for advanced surfer, but this is not the case. There are waves in Mexico for all different types of surfers, from the absolute novice all the way through to the advanced surfer.
The incredible waves, rich culture, amazing weather, and delicious food come make Mexico a must visit destination. The best time of the year to visit is between April and October, although you will still score great waves in the off season where the line up will be a lot less crowded.
Here are our top 5 places to surf in Mexico:
1. Sayulita, Puerto Vallarta, Nayarit
Sayulita has become a top surf spot for beginners and long-boarders in the last few years. It offers a super chilled lifestyle and a really mellow wave which is perfect for this learning to surf and longboarders.
The consistent waist to chest-high swells is what makes the area so enticing as it provides the perfect setting for longboarders to walk the nose and beginner surfers to get a grip of the fundamentals, without enduring the wrath of Mexico’s more revered breaks. After your surf be sure to grab a smoothie or a coconut juice from one of the many beach front stalls
3. Cerritos, Los Cabos, Baja
The beginner-friendly waves of Cerritos are found right at the bottom of Baja in Los Cabos, where the swell wraps around the headland, providing fun right and left waves that can go on for 170m metres.
The spot works on all tides so is the perfect place to spend the whole day on your Mexico surf holiday. You can seek shade under the many palm trees and enjoy fresh seafood, fruit and juices to keep you fuelled up in between sessions.
2. La Punta, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Right at the south end of Puerto’s Zicatela beach, you’ll find the break of La Punta. Unlike the main break at Playa Zicatela which produces monstrous waves, La Punta is like its much younger brother. Much smaller and more innocent in it wave offering.
It’s a left-hand pointbreak which peels around the headland providing great waves for beginners. It peels slowly from take-off, allowing you plenty of time down the line to dial in some turns before speeding up as it reaches the inside.
4. Troncones, Manzanillo Bay, Guerrero
Whilst Guerrero is known for some of the best high-performance surfing spots in Mexico, Troncones is known for having some of the best beginner surf beaches in Mexico. It the type of beach that will see novice surfers take their surfing to the next level.
Whether you like rights or lefts it doesn’t matter, as the 3-mile stretch of sand will allow surfers to find a peak that suits their personal preference. What’s an added bonus is that there is a more advanced reef break at the south end of the beach which attracts a higher level of surfer, meaning that the sandbars are often oncrowded.
5. San Agustinillo, Zipolite, Oaxaca
Just a short drive from downtown Puerto Escondido you’ll find the area’s most undiscovered spot – San Agustinillo!
While the focus of the surfing community has been drawn to the monstrous peaks of the Mexican Pipeline, San Agustinillo has quietly suantered under the radar as a surfing paradise for beginners and intermediates.
This picture postcard curved cove has gentle left and right waves that break onto golden sand and it works on all tides. In between surfs you can relax in your hammock whilst sipping piña coladas. San Agustinillo really is the ultimate surf getaway.
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