From Baja California to Oaxaca, from the protected Sea of Cortez and running north to south along the entire Pacific coastline, Mexico is home to some of the planet’s most sublime surf. A dream destination, not only famous for its hiking trails or for an occasional swim with whale sharks. Surfing trips have gained popularity in recent years as the water is warm, there are waves everywhere and much of the coastline is largely unexplored.
Tijuana and Ensenada, in Baja California, have become favorites for surfers because of their secluded beaches. Mazatlan and San Blas were added to the list, as well as the coastlines of Michoacan and Oaxaca, which seduced the early practitioners of this sport with their beauty.
One of the best places for surfing in Mexico is near the seaside village of Todos Santos, which also offers fantastic bird watching, and is renowned for having the biggest and sometimes most challenging surf in the world. Only experienced surfers dare to seek out what they call “the largest wave in the Americas”.
Further south, in Puerto Escondido, surfing championships are held which attract thousands of adventurers to its most popular beaches for this activity: Playa Principal and Zicatela. With waves up to 19 feet high, Zicatela is one of the most recommended places for surfing, as it has the same pipeline as the island of Hawaii.
The state of Nayarit receives waves of visitors throughout the year, because of its perfect climate and persistent surges. If you do not know how to surf, this is the perfect place to learn, as instructors are available to help you enjoy riding the waves. If you discover that this is not your thing, you can stay on the shore, admiring the professional surfers and the wonderful view offered by the beach.