Surfing in Mexico

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As a surfer, you are always in the chase for new spots to surf in. Surfing is the same area, and an identical wave over and once more can bore you out of your mind. Also, it can bore you to the level where surfing will no longer be fascinating for you. Therefore where is the place that you must go to in order to try your talents and skills in surfing? Why not try Mexico?

Mexico is the 5th biggest county in the Americas. On the northern border is the US and the Pacific Ocean on the west and south. On the southeastern part are Belize, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Seas, and Mexico Gulf on the eastern portion.

Mexico City is the capital, and Spanish is their official language. This place is accessible from the United States, and there are amazing spots a couple of hours south of the border.

Top Surfing Spot in Mexico

From Oaxaca to Baja California, the Mexico Pacific Coast is the best sublime surfing destination on the planet. Mexico is the most sought-after surfing spot by skilled and intermediate surfers from all parts of the world. There are a lot of waves, the water is warm, and the coastline is unexplored.

Ensenada, Baja California

The private birthplaces of surfing in Mexico, Ensenada beaches were initially discovered in the 1960s by the American surfers. Just 112 kilometers south of the United States border, they keep on t be a famous day trip spot for surfers, both beginner and skilled.

Playa San Miguel offers the best surf, a black sand beach only north of the village, where some fantastic long rides await.  Here, you can also find the Playa Hermosa, which is perfect for people who want to learn surfing and those who want to try their skills in surfing. Isla Todos Santos is also worth visiting. This is a place to one of the giant big surfing destinations in Mexico: the Killers.

Ensenada is considered a stalwart of the country’s surfing scene and only outside prevailing travel spot Tijuana and closer to the border of the US, so its perfect location attracts a lot of surfers from all parts of the globe. The water is cold and has the best waves around, most notably during the winter season. If you are seasoned surfers, you can try the San Miguel beach, as it reliable swells and consistent breaks. You can also head to Todos Santos to witness the big rolling waves.

The perfect time to visit the place is during the winter season, as solid swells strike the shoreline. Even if the water is a bit warm instead of the beaches in the US, it is still relatively cold, so don’t forget to bring a wetsuit with you.

Mazatlán, Sinaloa

Even if Mazatlan has unquestionably developed an off-putting reputation in the past, it should be said that the surf potential makes your trip worthwhile. Visit  Sinaloa to witness the best all-rounder seas for surfing. Playa Los Pinos is a family-friendly spot and also ideal for intermediate surfers. The best time to visit this place is from April to October when the waves are high.

Sayulita, Nayarit

This is a local favorite spot and renowned among hippie vacations as the most excellent destination for coastline raves. This is a colorful and quaint village and considered one of the best surfing spots in Mexico. Along the stunning,  fairly petite, wide Playa Sayulita sand, you are able to see many classes providing surf lessons and surf rental, which make it the best place for surfers regardless of levels and skills. The best time to visit this place is from December to April, where the swells are best.

Rosarito

About 32 kilometers or 20 miles south border of the US,  Rosarito beaches are relatively easy to reach and quite touristy and jam-packed. On the other hand, the thrilling breaks are well-worth the stress and pressure.

The most popular beach area in Rosarito is the Baja Malibu, a place to a dazed beach break with smooth waves, which assures the best rid of your life.  The beach of Rosarito is a long and open beach break. You can also head over to Calafia, which regularly have head-high or overhead high rolling waves.

Also, don’t miss the breaks at K-39, K-38.5, and K-38. The latter is renowned as El Morro or The Promontory. It is a famous fast which can get relatively crowded. On hectic days, you still have the opportunity to escape the crowd at L-39. Autumn and summer are the perfect time to visit this place. On the other hand, you will find a good condition all through the year. This place is ideal for both intermediate and seasoned surfers.

Oaxaca, Mexico

This is also one of the best and most recommended surfing destinations in Mexico. This is a low-key fishing town and port that provides a modest and natural beach experience about big waves, including the renowned and well-known pipeline that put Mexican surfing on the map, Zicatela beach break.

However, Oaxaca is only perfect for advanced surfers due to the powerful waves and swells it produces. However, the best thing about this place is that they have lots of facilities offered. Accommodation is not an issue as there is the Villas Carrizalillo, a cheap and superlatively hotel located along a cliff-top with a view of the stunning beach.  There are also lots of restaurants here like Carmen’s Cafecito that serve local specialties, juices, and pastries. Make sure to include this place on your must-visit place when going to Mexico.

Troncones Guerero

This is also a fantastic surfing spot that you must consider when visiting Mexico. Once a fishing town, not it becomes an artsy surfer destination close to Zihuatanejo. The main attraction is the most sought-after break at the Troncones Point beach. Many surf stores in the village rent outboard as well as provide lessons for a few bucks.

This place is ideal for intermediate and seasoned surfers. However, they also accept beginners. Accommodation is also not a problem here, as there is the Abadia, a peaceful 5-room B&B erected close to the beach. It has a palm-fringed pool so that you can relax here after a tiring time surfing. Food is also not a problem as there are restaurants located in Mazanillo’s Bay like the Cocina del Sol that offers gourmet grub from a wood-fired oven.

Punta Mita

This is also a highly recommend surf destination spot in Mexico that you shouldn’t miss. The long, gentle waves at Punta Mita’s beach area, specifically at Banderas Bay beach, are perfect for beginners. This is a very safe place and has so many things to offer to surfers. However, this is only ideal for beginners as the waves are not powerful and big.

You can spend many days here as the accommodation is not an issue. You can stay at the 11-suite Imanta Resort, a remarkable retreat on an exclusive half-mile beach. There is also a restaurant that serves seafood. This is a one-stop place for the whole family and friends that needs some peace of mind.

Las Islitas

This is a chilled-out fishing town, which was once renowned due to the most extended wave. It is something of surfers Shangri-La, even if some of the action is now focused on Borrego Beach.

This surfing spot is ideal for both newbie and intermediate surfers. The best time to visit this place is from September to October, once the serious ones move in. You can stay at Stoner’s Surf Camp, which is a perfect place for campers and travelers with a limited budget. They also offer surfing lessons for a reasonable price. You can visit Casa de Canibal to try retro dishes such as stroganoff and shrimp cocktails.

When and Where to Surf?

With a 9.330 kilometer of shoreline, Mexico is absolute heaven and bliss for those who love water sports activities, including surfing. On the other hand, you can found the best surfing spot on its Pacific shoreline that is 7,338 kilometers long and scattered with firing point breaks as well as barreling beach breaks. The best thing about Mexico is that there are lots of beaches here, perfect for beginner surfers. There are also some vast waves here, perfect for seasoned and intermediate surfers. In general, Mexico is a good destination to get barreled.

With thousands of amazing surf destinations all over the world and more being discovered every year, it’s hard to know which ones are worth trying and visiting. If you are searching for the best waves and friendly beaches, you can head over to Mexico. This place has something to offer both beginner and seasoned surfers. You will indeed have a memorable and unforgettable stay in Mexico. Just make sure to use this guide when looking for the best surfing spot.

List of all surf spots in Mexico (per region)

Overview surf spots:

  • Baja Norte
  • Baja Sur
  • Chiapas
  • Colima
  • Guerrero
  • Jalisco
  • Mexico Gulf Coast
  • Michoacan de Ocampo
  • Nayarit
  • Oaxaca
  • Sinaloa

Surf Spots Baja Norte

Km 38
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Kilometer 38 of Mex 1 (Tijuana-Ensenada free road)
  • Bottom: Boulders
  • Hazards: Rocks
La Fonda Km 59
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Escenica Tijuana-Ensenada Km. 59.5, La Misión, 22711 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Stacks
  • Wave direction: Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: 5 minutes South from Caseta San Miguel
  • Bottom: Boulders
  • Hazards: Rocks

Surf Spots Baja Sur

Cerritos
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 2/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: El Pescadero, Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand and Rock
  • Hazards: None
Zippers
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand and Rocks
  • Hazards: Locals, Rocks

Surf spots Chiapas

Boca del Cielo
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Boca del Cielo, Chiapas, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None

Surf Spots Colima

Big Als
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Rivermouth
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Boca de Pascuales, Colima, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None

Surf Spots Guerrero

La Saladita
  • Wave direction: Left
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: La Saladita, Guerrero, Mexico
  • Bottom: Rocky Reef
  • Hazards: None
Playa Revolcadero
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 2/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Tatanka
  • Wave direction: Left
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
  • Bottom: Coral Reef
  • Hazards: None
Troncones Point
  • Wave direction: Left
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico
  • Bottom: Rocky Reef
  • Hazards: None

Surf Spots Jalisco

El Arroyo Seco
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Arroyo Seco,Estado de Jalisco, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Ranchito
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: El Ranchito, Estado de Jalisco, Mexico
  • Bottom: Rocky Reef
  • Hazards: None

Surf Spots Mexico Gulf Coast

Tampi
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Packed
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Boca del Río, Estado de Veracruz-Llave, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: Locals
Ventanas/Chumul
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Cozumel, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: Rips

Surf Spots Michoacan de Ocampo

Surf Spots Nayarit

Burros
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Not too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Punta Burros, Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Bottom: Rocky Reef
  • Hazards: None
Dinosaur
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Los Veneros, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: Rips
La Bahia
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Not too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Akumal, Mexico
  • Bottom: Rocky Reef
  • Hazards: None
La Lancha
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Playa La Lancha (Punta de Mita), Mexico
  • Bottom: Rocky Reed
  • Hazards: None
Platanitos
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Playa Platanitos, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Punta Mita
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Punta Mita, Estado de Nayarit, Mexico
  • Bottom: Rocky Reef
  • Hazards: None
San Blas Beach
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Rivermouth
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Playa del Rey, San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico,
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
San Pancho
  • Wave direction: Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: San Francisco, Nayarit, Estado de Nayarit, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Sayulita
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Sayulita, Estado de Nayarit, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
The Cove
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Cove, Dakbayan sa Mehiko, CDMX, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: Rocks
Veneros
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 2/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Veneros, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None

Surf Spots Oaxaca

Puerto Escondido
  • Wave direction: Right &Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Puerto Escondido, Estado de Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Bottom: Coral Reef
  • Hazards: Locals, Rips, Rocks
San Pancho
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Playa Zicatela, Mexico
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None

Surf Spots Sinaloa

Playa Cameron
  • Wave direction: Left
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Bottom: Rocky Reef
  • Hazards: Rocks, Urchins

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