1. Puerto Vallarta – Great entry point to surf
Puerto Vallarta is a big tourist destination with an international airport, making it the ideal starting point for a surf trip. Our surf camp is located just an hour north in Sayulita, but it is well recommended to stay a while in Puerto Vallarta before heading to the surf. Top 3 “must do” activities in Puerto Vallarta are
1) Climbing the Matamoros lighthouse, indulging the spectacular view of the bay
2) Stroll down the half-mile promenade of Malecón, lining the city’s historic center and waterfront
3) Visit Cuale Island and make a bargain deal in the market stalls that line the walkway
After a few days in this dynamic city it will be nice to see a different side of Mexico, the ultra laid back Sayulita.
2. Sayulita – The emerging surf mecca of Mexico
Sayulita is located just one hour drive north of Puerto Vallarta. This laid back surf town has access to over 14 different spots perfectly suited for beginners as well as intermediate surfers. Because of its geographical position it is exposed to all swell directions and you can always find a wave to ride. Punta Sayulita’s growing reputation is turning it into a mini surf mecca, much more famous today than when USC started promoting surf trips here in 2006. Staying at Surf Camp Mexico will enable you to experience this authentic Mexican coastal town while receiving excellent surf guiding and making new friends in the astonishing sun set.
3. Mazatlan – The Pearl of the Pacific
The stretch of coast north from Sayulita to Mazatlan is one of Mainland Mexico’s most populated and accessible tourist destinations. It’s easy to drive here and, easy to find places to stay along the road. This stretch of coast has many great surf spots to be explored and plenty of waves to be ridden. Top 3 spots to surf on your way to Mazatlan are:
- San Pancho: Situated close to the huge Costa Azul resort, it is a fast lefthander off the point and sucky peak in front of the river mouth that can hold some size and gets hollow around low tide.
- Punta Costadio: Easy access and plenty of waves makes this a must stop on your way up the coast. It’s located by the river mouth and there are both rights and lefts to be ridden.
- Santa Cruz: A beautiful left point break rated as a regional classic but can become world class on big summer swells. Needs a lot of swell to start turning on so best bet to stop here is during the summer months when there is plenty of south swell.
When you finally reach Mazatlan there are plenty of things to do. Go visit the old town and its center, the soaring 19th-century cathedral with its high yellow twin towers and dramatic interior. Two blocks north, on Juárez and Valle, is the vibrant local market, full of clothes, housewares, produce, juice stands and shoppers. Other things you can do here is just relax on the beach, and enjoy the local cuisine, the seafood is amazing. Another big plus is the nightlife, with the white castle on Punta Camarón at the south end of the Zona Dorada as the undisputed epicenter. Inside its walls are a half-dozen clubs, including several of the city’s most popular dance spots.
Since Mazatlan has an international airport it is the perfect end destination to your surf trip, and by the time you are about to head home you will have experienced the best of Mexico, and you will definitely want to go back!