9 Best Surf Spots In Mexico

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Also referred to as the United Mexican State, Mexico is a breathtaking country, set in the southern region of North America. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Carribean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico is gifted with gorgeous paradises that are popular holiday destinations. Most of its pride is in its stunning beaches, which are a melting pot of tourists from around the world, all year long. Besides this, its rich cultural heritage and delicious local cuisine are other reasons to spend a vacation in this North American country. For adventure-seekers with a huge appreciation for the sea and a love of watersports, here is a list of the best surf spots in Mexico that you should check out. Feel free to browse below.

1. Mazatlan, Sinoloa

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If you are planning a much-deserved holiday in Mexico and your idea of a perfect vacation is a day at the beach, swimming in delightful waters, and riding the waves, the city of Mazatlan on the Pacific shore of Sinoloa is the ideal destination for you. The city is known for its breathtaking sandy beaches with waves that challenge surfers of all skill levels.

Besides a fantastic surfing site, Mazatlan beaches are known for big game fishing. Plus, there is a marvelous boardwalk where you can go sightseeing, shopping, and dining at local restaurants.

Mazatlan, Sinoloa

Address: Sinoloa, Mexico

2. Troncones, Guerrero

Playa Troncones, Costa Grande, Guerrero
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Another excellent surfing spot in Mexico are the beaches at the lovely little village of Troncones in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. This little village has pristine beaches that are not too crowded. Because of its uncrowdedness, lots of tourists come to Troncones to spend a relaxing vacation and a satisfying retreat. Aside from fine sands, the beaches in the village offer fantastic waves that are ideal for surfing. Additionally, the views on this side of Guerrero will surely take your breath away.

Troncones, Guerrero

Address: Guerrero, Mexico

Website: Troncones, Guerrero

3. Ensenada, Baja California

Ensenada, Baja California
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Pride of the Mexican state of Baja California, Ensenada is an enchanting port city that boasts breathtaking beaches, exquisite local restaurants, and a fascinating casino-turned-cultural-center – the Riviera de Ensenada. If you like solitude at the beach or spending a holiday with your loved ones, Baja California is a must-visit city for you.

Besides swimming, a lot of tourists come to the city to enjoy surfing . Additionally, tourists love going on chartered tours on which they can watch white sharks in their natural habitat.

Ensenada, Baja California

Address: Baja California, Mexico

4. Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Playa de Puerto Escondido
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Oaxaca is a lovely region in Mexico that is home to the most majestic beaches in the country. Besides Barra de la Cruz, you’ll find the port town of Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, as well. Nestled on the Pacific Coast, it is no wonder that this town is overwhelming with its marvelous waters that are not only ideal for swimming, but a perfect site for water sports, as well, especially surfing.

In Puerto Escondido, you’ll find the enchanting Principal Beach. It is well-frequented by tourists and locals alike and it has delightful laidback bars where you can sip some cocktails after swimming and surfing at the beach.

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Address: Oaxaca, Mexico

5. Cuyutlán, Colima

Playa de Cuyutlan
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If you are an experienced surfer and you have been to the first five surfing spots on this list, you might want to take your surfing adventure elsewhere. Why not try the waves at Cuyutlán? A small town in the region of Colima, Cuyutlán has beaches that are not always frequented by tourists, but locals swear by their wonders. Offshore winds make point breaks that excite surfers. Besides the fantastic beaches that are ideal for surfing, Cuyutlán has delightful saltwater lagoons that will provide you with the relaxing dip that you long for.

Cuyutlán, Colima

Address: Colima, Mexico

6. Sayulita, Nayarit

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Make the most of your holiday escapade in Mexico by going on a road trip to the charming village of Sayulita on the Pacific coast of Mexico. If you came for the beaches, specifically the ones that are ideal for surfing, Sayulita Beach and Los Muertos Beach are two of the most recommended surfing sites in the village. Sayulita Beach is pristine and less crowded than Los Muertos Beach, but if you prefer more developed beaches with the right amount of foot traffic and delightful dining spots and bars, Los Muertos Beach is the one for you. Nonetheless, both of these beaches have strong winds that surfers love.

Sayulita, Nayarit

Address: Nayarit, Mexico

7. Playa La Ticla, Michoacan

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A famous surfing paradise in the region of Michoacan in Mexico, Playa La Ticia attracts adventure-seekers from all over the country. It is a simple town with a lengthy beach that converges with a breathtaking river. The beach is nestled a short-drive away from the town’s main highway. It creates long point breaks that surfers are thrilled to ride and experience.

After some time swimming and surfing, you might want to further explore Playa La Ticia. Be sure to try some of the palapas-style restaurants in the area and gorge on sumptuous seafood dishes that will surely make your heart melt.

Playa La Ticla, Michoacan

Address: Michoacan, Mexico

8. Boca de Pascuales, Colima

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Another wonderful surfing site you’ll find in Colima is Boca de Pascuales. This might be the most popular surfing spot in the country, as skilled surfers from all over the world travels to this side of Mexico to experience the most challenging waves they can ever ride. Boca de Pascuales surfing spots are not recommended for beginners, as the waves here can get really rough and they show no seasonal pattern particularly. If you’re not a surfer, you can always enjoy swimming in the water close to the shore and sample local seafood dishes at the nearby eateries.

Boca de Pascuales, Colima

Address: Colima, Mexico

9. Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca

Set in the captivating region of Oaxaca, Mexico, Barra de la Cruz is a marvelous village that is popular with tourists who like reconnecting with the beach and enjoying delightful watersports. Imagine swimming in refreshing waters, all while savoring the majestic views of the cotton-candy sunset. These are some of life’s joys that you can expect when you visit Barra de la Cruz.

Additionally, this village has beaches that are ideal for surfing, snorkeling, and fishing. For skilled surfers, Barra de la Cruz is a fantastic surfing site from March to October, for its pleasant weather.

Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca

Address: Oaxaca, Mexico

Ride the most challenging waves in Mexico

Mexico is a breathtaking country that is known for its diverse landscape of lush forestry, rolling hills, agricultural plains, and stunning beaches that seems pieces of heaven on earth. Its rich cultural heritage and delicious cuisine also attracts tourists. For adventure-seekers, Mexico is a paradise with infinite offerings. If you like surfing, use this list as your guide in planning an itinerary in Mexico.

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