Published Aug 2, 2007 - (Updated Dec 11, 2012)
Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Summer/Fall 2007 issue.
For decades, surfers of all ages have flocked to Mexico’s Pacific coast, long considered to be a destination of choice, in order to benefit from its more than 1,500 miles of beaches, points and reefs. Well-known surf spots from the northern state of Sinaloa all the way down to Oaxaca are awaiting exploration year round. And with increasing availability of incoming flight options from important cities in the United States and Canada, Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas are certainly no exception.
Surfers have traditionally been circumspect about sharing the location of their favorite spots with the general public. However, in this day and age, and with the advent of a considerable number of specialized websites, all you have to do is type “surfing Vallarta” on your favorite search engine and you’ll be on your way to discovering a variety of options, from surfing workshops for beginners to complete travel packages for seasoned surfers.
At the center of all surfing-related activities in the area is Sayulita, an easily accessible, off-the-beaten-path village located less than an hour from Puerto Vallarta. Here, you will find the broadest variety of surfing-related resources: gear shops, day or weeklong courses for all
levels, equipment rentals and more. But more importantly, you will find a diverse community of English- and Spanish-speaking surfers who can provide tips and information about this and the other wellknown points listed alphabetically here.
Level: All surfers
Type: Point break
Getting There: Carr. 200 Norte, approximately 1.5 hours north of Puerto Vallarta. 19 miles north of Rincón de Guayabitos, look for Chacala sign. Once you reach this small fishing village, head to the docks, where a boat will take you to the break for a small fee.
Good to Know: Consider a visit to nearby Altavista, an archaeological site with 2,000-year-old petroglyphs.
Punta del Burro
Level: Experienced surfers Type: Reef break Reliability: Consistent.
Getting There: Hire a panga, or small boat, on the beach at the town of El Anclote.
Good to Know: Known simply as “burros,” here the break facilitates many different levels of surfing, but is best accessible by boat.
Punta de Mita
Level: All surfers Type: Beach and point break Reliability: Fairly consistent.
Getting There: Access through El Anclote. Good to Know: Several boat companies that cater to surfers, along with instructors, are available. Nearby El Faro has a longer break, but getting there is a long hike.
Level: All Surfers Type: Beach and reef break Reliability: Fairly consistent.
Gettin There: Accesible by car via Carr. 200 Norte, approximately one hour north of Puerto Vallarta.
Good to Know: An artsy, peaceful town, San Pancho is a great opportunity to combine surfing with truly relaxing escape. Local resort Costa Azul has excursions to other nearby surfing spots.
Level: All surfers Type: Beach and reef break Reliability: Very consistent.
Getting There: Accesible by car or bus from Puerto Vallarta, take Carr. 200 Norte and look for signs.
Good to Know: If you are starting from scratch, or would like to rent equipment, this is by far the best place to go.
Level: All surfers Type: Point break Reliability: Consistent
Getting There: Accessible from Destiladeras beach, you have to walk half a mile to get to this point. Can be reached from Puerto Vallarta inexpensively by bus. Good to Know: There are many rentals available for visiting surfers right at the surf break.