A Guide to Surfing in Mexico

Mexico is home to some of the world’s most incredible surf, with big names in the sport heading around the coast to ride the waves, all the way from Oaxaca to the Gulf of California. If you’re a keen surfer and you’re looking for a new place to hit, then Mexico should be high on your list.

In order to let you know what you should expect from this amazing destination, we’ve put together a guide to the best waves in Mexico, complete with information on the areas.

This will ensure that, whether you’re an experienced surfer or new to the sport, you’ll be able to get out there and ride safe with your mates.

San Blas, Nayarit

Many of Mexico’s hottest surfing spots are no more than quaint fishing villages which only those in the know are able to find.

San Blas is one such spot, although it might ring familiar to some dedicated surfers as the place which once held the record for the longest wave. Today this spot attracts beginners and intermediate level surfers looking to test their skills.

Punta de Mita, Nayarit

For the real first timers, you couldn’t ask for more than Punta de Mita. The vibe of the beach is super laid-back, with mellow surfers and cool locals who are always willing to give pointers to newbies. If you’re going to stop for a bite to eat, the beach does incredible seafood, which is a real plus.

Bahias de Huatulco, Oaxaca

This gorgeous holiday resort is a fairly new arrival to the surfing scene, but it’s already made a name for itself among experienced surfers.

There are two hotspots near the town, Barra de la Cruz and Rio Copalita, both of which boast huge waves and quick breaks so you’ll be carving through the water at high speeds in no time.

Ensenada, Baja California

The Doors’ very own Jim Morrison used to grace the incredible beaches of Ensenada, but today it has become a surfers’ paradise.

Located just over 100 kilometres from the US border and best suited to the more experienced surfer, the best waves in Ensenada are found during the winter, so prepare for a cooler ride.

Todos Santos, Baja California Sur

For seriously big waves, visit Todos Santos, one of the most loved surf spots in Mexico. Complete with its very own surf camp which attracts hundreds of surfers every year, from novice to expert levels, this is a great spot to train for the bigger beaches in Mexico.

Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Part of the Mazatlan reort, Playas Bruja, Olas Altas and Los Pinos are all top of the list when it comes to surfing beaches in Sinaloa.

These spots all have great waves all year round, so whenever you come you can bet on Mazatlan to deliver some serious surf. Complete with great seafront bars, this could become your regular haunt when in Mexico.

Pascuales, Colima

This beach is a serious challenge, even for experienced surfers. Pascuales is at a river’s mouth, meaning it’s a high-level breakage spot. Expect very choppy waters and unpredictable waves – and it’s been known for there to be tubes coming from both angles which clear 10 metres in height.

Troncones, Guerrero

Troncones is for the creative surfer who’s looking to chill out, meet fellow boarders and maybe play some music around a fire.

Guerrero is a beautiful area of Mexico with amazing scenery, so surfers on the Troncones beaches take full advantage of that. Lessons are run on the main beach too, with boards available to hire from local shops – perfect for beginners.

Sayulita, Nayarit

This might just be the coolest surfing spot in Mexico. Expect trendy bars, surf-themed restaurants and idyllic beaches, with plenty of boarders living locally or visiting from all sorts of far-off lands. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow surfers, so if you’re passing, do pop by and join the crew.

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