Mexico: the land of spicy food, cervezas (& tequila), and some of the best surf spots on the planet. Many of us stick to the country's east coast, not realizing that there’s a whole world of incredible beach towns, culture, and big a** waves on the other side. You know what they say, “West coast, best coast.” We’ll leave that for you to decide. If you’re looking for a bit more chill adventure on your vacay rather than the party beach club in Tulum, we’ve got your Mexico west coast surfing recs.
First up on our list is Puerto Escondido, also known as the "Mexican Pipeline." This spot sits on the southwestern coast of Mexico and is known for its big, hollow waves that can reach up to 20 feet. It’s moderately developed but still free of big resorts and crazy party animals (besides you). They even host an annual May competition called Surf Open Puerto Escondido that attracts top surfers worldwide. Just make sure to bring your A-game because these waves are not for beginners.
Next, we have Sayulita, a charming little beach town with some of the most consistent waves in Mexico. This is one of our fav spots in the country, with super chill vibes, a yogi atmosphere, and plenty of cervazas to keep you hydrated. It’s a magical little spot. The waves here are perfect for intermediate surfers, with a mix of long, peeling rights and punchy lefts. Surf schools are also plentiful, so beginners can also start their wave-shredding journey here. Sayulita has become quite the hotspot in recent years, and we know it will keep getting hotter, so you better check it out before the crowds of spring breakers find out about it.
This last one is a real spicy tip for you. If you want to get off the beaten path, head to San Blas. It’s in the same state as Sayulita but farther north. This little-known spot is a seaside fishing village with some of the most uncrowded waves in Mexico, with various breaks for all skill levels. Just be warned - the town is relatively untouched by major tourism, so don't expect fancy hotels or restaurants. But hey, that's all part of the adventure, right?
SurfYogaBeer has been riding the waves in Sayulita for a hot minute, and while we aren’t heading there in 2023, we’ll be back before you know it. We can’t stay away for too long. In the meantime, get in the feels with the recap from our most recent trip to Mex, and come hop on a board with us in Nicaragua, another one of our favs. Mexico will be waiting for us. Remember to pack your sunscreen, a good attitude, and maybe a sombrero for good measure.
Posted on Mon 16 Jan 2023 · by Mantas Zvinas & Katie Bauer