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Surfing

Punta Mita offers some of the best surfing in Mexico. With over 30 surf spots along the coasts of Bucerias and the Bay of Banderas, Punta Mita is known for consistent surf without the crowds. Many of the breaks are best accessed by boat, including the most popular break, “The Point” at Punta de Mita. Smaller beach breaks and calm waters line the beach at El Ancolote, making it the perfect destination for beginners and those traveling with children.

Winter Season: November-March

Costa Azul is conveniently located within 1 hour of all of the areas best surf, all of it accessible by combination of overland transport as well as pangas and/or speedboat. The expeditions are led by keen local surf guides. The areas that Costa Azul surfs are UNCROWDED. This is due to several factors, the lack of any city or town based locals, and inaccessibility, many spots requiring boats and local knowledge to access.

The winter surf season enjoys great conditions: light or offshore winds mostly, sunny, not too hot, around 76-82F air temps, water temps 75-78F. The best surf in winter is found around Punta de Mita and inside the Bay of Banderas on the sheltered reefs such as Burros, Playa La Lancha, and El Faro, where W and NW swells wrap in and create lined up perfection, ranging from slow peeling waves for 75-100 yards on smaller swells to hollow, barreling waves that will get your heart pumping on medium to large swells. The rights are particularly good this time of year. Surf during this time of year can be anywhere from 2ft-10ft+ depending on swell conditions. Recommended quiver is a longboard or fish, a thruster, and potentially a mini-gun. The fact is, the conditions can be often small and perfect, often medium and semi-juicy, and sometimes big and scary. About 40% of the time it is small (2-4ft), 50% of the time it is medium (4-7ft), and about 10% of the time it is big (8ft+) On a big true W swell there are offshore reef breaks that can go 2-3 times overhead, although admittedly this is somewhat rare and there are only about 5 of these swells on average each season. If you’re lucky enough to get one of these, you’ll have the waves of your life! Otherwise, count on generally fun waves, and at the minimum, great longboarding if it stays on the small side.

April is sometimes a bit windier and a transition month between seasons, though swells can still come in at this time from any direction.

Summer Season: April-October

The summer surf season generally commences in late April or May with the first true Southern Hemisphere swells of the year. These long period swells come in from a broad SW to S direction from 220-180 degrees, and generally last 3-4 days in duration, with 1-2 days of peak intensity. Average size on these swells is 3-5 ft with bigger days possible. During this season, you can expect bring perfection to the left-hand breaks around Punta de Mita, San Pancho (5 min. walk from Costa Azul), Chacala (1 hr. north of Costa Azul), and Santa Cruz (2 hrs. north of Costa Azul). On large S swells the mysto right at Matanchen

bring perfection to the left-hand breaks around Punta de Mita, San Pancho (5 min. walk from Costa Azul), Chacala (1 hr. north of Costa Azul), and Santa Cruz (2 hrs. north of Costa Azul). On large S swells the mysto right at Matanchen Bay will sometimes pop, though you are more likely to encounter mosquitoes than perfect surf at Matachen Bay as it is one of the most fickle in Mexico – more stories of perfection than actual occurrences of such.

Air temps in summer are well into the 90s generally and it is very humid, the sun intense. Water temps are solidly 80F. Generally, into late June and July the tropical season commences, bringing more rain and humidity. The tropical season, sometimes mistakenly called the “hurricane season,” occurs from June-October, with August and September the months of peak intensity. Puerto Vallarta and the Nayarit coast have been spared historically, with no hurricanes or tropical storms striking here in recent memory. Most of the storms stay well to the south of Cabo Corrientes and Manzanillo, going out to sea. Others make their way offshore and northwest towards Cabo and Baja. If these hurricanes stay offshore and stationary long enough or else don’t move out to sea too rapidly they can send epic swells towards the Nayarit coast, though many of the swells in reality either pass the area by altogether or head towards the tip of Baja. Even in hurricane season, the primary source of swell is still Southern Hemis, which often show biggest in the period of June-September. October and November are a bit more inconsistent with cooler, dry season conditions returning by mid-November and the first winter swells.

The surf in this area as a general rule on the SW swells is generally half the size of the surf further south in Michoacan, Colima, or Oaxaca (Puerto Escondido) and requires a tighter swell angle. Although the area can light up on summertime SW swells, the surf is generally fun in scale, 4-10 ft. faces, which might be a relief to many people not geared up for the more hollow, bone-crushing beachbreaks of Pascuales and Puerto Escondido further to the south.

This area of Mexico is also stress free and as a whole much safer than the states of Michoacan, Colima, and Guerrero, as well as some parts of Central and South America, where you really need to watch your back. With Costa Azul you are in good hands and have nothing to worry about.

Our boats will taxi you to and from your choice of ideal surf spots. Punta Mita has surf shops which rent and sell most anything for your surfing needs.

While not a secret to the locals, the 20 breaks in and around the Punta de Mita area are slowly being discovered as surfers from all over realize the fantastic wave conditions that exist in Punta de Mita year round. There are breaks for any surfer to enjoy the curl of their choice. Whether you step right off the beach in Punta de Mita, or ride a panga to reach breaks all along the coastline. The real beauty of surfing in Punta de Mita is that you don’t have a million boards riding up your back. With so many breaks Punta de Mita is a paradise for the surfer who is looking for a great place to ride and the space to do it in. If you want to just step off the beach, there are TONS of great waves close to the center of town…consistent gentle curl in that makes learning fun, and more challenging waves just a few steps down the sand. The beaches themselves are simply spectacular and the water is crystal clear. The key is who to connect with to catch the right waves in the right place at the right time. We will set you up with the best surf school, board shop, and local guides in the area to make your surfing experience the best possible. We can also organize complete group surf excursions with whatever bells and whistles will make your personal surf safari a fantastic ride.

Where’s Your Surfboard?

One of the most popular events of surf in Riviera Nayarit is organized in Sayulita amid of March, where the surfers from all over the world arrive to the coast of the Pacific seeking the best waves. For those who want to incursion in surfing during the holidays, several places teach to dominate the waves in short or long board and in stand-up paddleboard. In parallel, more extreme incursions are organized for experienced surfers.

Some of the most famous spots for surfing in Riviera Nayarit are The Cove & El Faro, and El Anclote, in Punta de Mita; La Lancha and Punta Burros, at the south of El Anclote; Sayulita, at the north of El Anclote; Los Veneros (or Dinosaurs), Las Albercas, Las Playas and others. In San Francisco surf can be strong, so caution is advised for water sports. Other places in which the board can be attacked are La Caleta, reached in boat from Chacala, the Bay of Matanchen, famous for its manageable and long waves, Las Rocas, to the north of the same bay and Lolas, at the north of San Blas.

Sitting around an arch of golden sand with a gentle offshore surf break, Sayulita exudes the simple pleasures of coastal Mexico. There are two small bays here, bisected by a rocky outcropping with good surf conditions. Hillside homes dominate the skyline. Surfers, beach lovers, Huichol Indians, and a growing number of North Americans mingle and relax beneath a canopy of swaying palms. Water lovers can partake in some excellent ocean swimming, bodysurfing, surfing (one of Mexico’s best spots), and return to savor openair restaurants, hang out at the simple seaside plaza, and explore growing number of shops, bars, and convenience stores. You can even sign up for a surfing lesson, on the spot! Overnight lodging here is limited to some basic guesthouses, and private home rentals.

 


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