As cities around the world reopen and travel restrictions begin to ease, adrenaline junkies looking for their next getaway in this new era post COVID-19 are prioritizing destinations that are sanitary and offer exclusive experiences in the great outdoors. Riviera Nayarit in Mexico’s Pacific coast offers just that and is prepared to welcome back adventure lovers who are seeking to add socially distant water experiences to their travel itineraries.
For years, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has earned recognition as a top surfing destination in Mexico due to its exceptional climate, high quality break point surf locations and reef breaks, creating a premier experience for beginners and pro surfers alike.
Below is a seasonal surfing guide in Riviera Nayarit to begin planning the next trip.
- Punta de Mita – Home to world-class hotels and resorts, the luxurious Punta de Mita is a surfer’s paradise with plenty of options. Amongst the best choices given they are strong, good-sized waves and usually not crowded are El Anclote, which offers great longboard surfing for beginners, and Los Veneros & La Lancha, perfect for beginners on the verge of becoming intermediate surfers. Pros will appreciate The Cove, optimal with medium to high tide and best accessible by a Panga (small boat).
For board rentals and/or surfing lessons visit: WildMex Surf & Adventure. Guests staying at properties such as W Punta de Mita & Four Seasons Punta Mita are also privy to surf lessons on the resorts’ private beaches.
- Sayulita – Mexico’s very own version of California’s Manhattan Beach given its fabulous art galleries, cafes and shops that line its picture-perfect cobblestone streets, Sayulita has become a surfing mecca for surf enthusiasts around the world. With a sandbar perfect for beginners and right/left point breaks ideal for the enjoyment of intermediate and pro surfers, this hippie-chic surfer town is a great beach for all levels.
For board rentals and/or surfing lessons visit: Luna Azul surfing school.
- Lo de Marcos - Renowned for its natural wonders, the beach town of Lo de Marcos is the best bet for those looking for a more private and secluded surfing experience. Most of the surf breaks here are large breakers that crash quickly and produce a long, strong churn, suitable for intermediate level surfers. On a busy day, Lo de Marcos will have less than 10 surfers at a time.
For board rentals and/or surfing lessons visit: Xplore Lo de Marcos.
- San Blas - The historic fishing village of San Blas has some of the region’s most challenging and tempting waves and surf breaks. A great choice for intermediate surfers is Matenchen Bay, which holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the "World's Longest Surfable Wave” (5,700 ft.). On the other hand, pros can choose between Stoners, known for its high-quality waves and Lolas, a slightly remote, isolated surf break that is only reachable by Pangas and offers some of the best barrel surfing in Riviera Nayarit.
For board rentals and/or surfing lessons visit: Stoners surf camp.