The Pacific Coast of Mexico boasts some of the most magnificent surfing spots in the world. Warm waters, killer waves, and unspoiled beaches make this part of the world one of the best to hang ten. Here are six of the hottest surf spots to head to year-round.
Ensenada, Baja Mexico
Ensenada, a once sleepy village in Baja, Mexico is now all about fun. It’s also a town with a surfer’s beach, San Miguel, which is extra beautiful thanks to its black sand beaches. The waves are for intermediate to expert surfers and the best surfing is during the winter months. Although the water is warmer than in the States, you’ll still want to slip on a wetsuit in the winter months.
This is another former fishing village turned surfer hangout near Zihuatanejo. The main draw for surfers is the sought-after break at the beach community of Troncones Point. This spot is mainly for intermediate and expert surfers, but beginners are also catered to, as long as they watch for the rocks. It’s about a 15 minute walk to Manzanillo Bay, which boasts a gorgeous set of waves that break onto a rocky point. The extra gnarly waves here lend themselves more towards intermediate to expert surfers.
This spot is for experienced surfers only. Boca de Pascuales in the tiny state of Colima has a legendary rivermouth beach break with barreling waves breaking from both left and right, sometimes reaching heights of 30 feet and up. The best wind direction is from the north-northeast. This spot often receives distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Waves at the river break both left and right. Oh, and watch out for sharks.
Rosarito Beach, Baja
Rosarito’s location makes it popular with the gray hairs on bus trips and surfers alike. One of the main reasons is that it’s only a half-hour drive from San Diego along the well-maintained Rosarito-Ensenada toll road. Surfers flock to the long beaches which offer excellent waves for both beginning and experienced surfers. Some of the favorite local surf spots are in and around the beach just south of Rio Golf Resort. Surf Baja Malibu at about the level of the 22 km mark on the toll road is one of the best beach breaks in northern Baja. Or try Rosarita Beach itself, from the Festival Plaza Hotel to the power plant, for consistent waves that occasionally turn gnarly.
This port is mainly for experienced surfers and offers up an unpretentious beach experience that’s all about the waves, including the legendary pipeline that put Mexican surfing on the map: the beach break Zicatela.
Swells hit the Puerto Escondido sandbars at Zicatela Beach in such a way that the waves jack up in size, which is often emphasized by a backwash. In nearby El Tomatal, there’s access to a reef break, a type of wave that breaks with a coral, stone or rock bottom and the waves are usually about six to eight feet high.
There are several surf breaks in and around Todos Santos that can be, at times, downright awesome. The top three spots are, in no particular order, Cerritos, El Pedrito, and La Pastora. Each offers its own pros and cons and each is undoubtedly a favorite among locals, depending on who you talk to. The stretch of coast between Los Cabos and Todos Santos is famous for world-class waves and is mainly for advanced surfers. During summer months the impressive swells draw crowds to San Pedrito, where the big-wave action is, while beautiful Playa Los Cerritos is a big hit with camping surfers looking for a warm-weather escape.