Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Surf Year Round in the Riviera Nayarit

  • There are over 20 surf spots in this region; most are beach breaks and rocky points. Here you’ll find waves that run for as long as a kilometer with a maximum height of six meters.  

Mother Nature has been very generous with the coastline of the Riviera Nayarit: from San Blas to Bucerías surfers will find more than 20 surf spots, guaranteeing waves year round.

According to Manuel Cano Guerrero, national surf champion in every category who’s been on a board since he was five years old, most of Nayarit’s beaches are beach breaks with great waves for 365 days a year.

“The difference is we have all kinds of waves here both in the summer and in the winter,” he said. “In San Blas the waves start running from April through October thanks to the southern currents; in winter we get the northern currents running from San Pancho to Punta de Mita.”

The area’s waves are generally medium-sized, with a maximum height between four and six meters, depending on the tides, the zone and the season.

“We have several first class waves in Matanchen and Las Islitas, places that were all the rage in the 70s,” said Cano Guerrero. “Here you’ll find long waves that run for up to a kilometer. These are catalogued as some of the prettiest on the planet.”

El Anclote, Stoner, Sayulita, San Pancho, Punta de Mita, La Lancha, Punta Burros, La Caleta, Las Rocas, Los Veneros all have their own unique twist, offering waves that attract surfers from around the world.

José Manuel has been surfing for 35 years and enjoys sharing his experience, asserting the Riviera Nayarit is made for every kind of surfer, as there are beaches that offer waves for everyone from amateurs and intermediate surfers to professionals.

There are ideal spots for beginners and intermediates from Borrego to Platanitos—including Punta de Mita.

San Pancho is best for intermediate-advanced surfers, since it’s more complicated and not considered an easy wave. Sayulita is great for all levels, same as many other places. 

From San Blas to Platanitos surfers will find beach breaks; Chacala is a rocky point. Lo de Marcos y La Peñita have a few variables, because you need good tidal action for good wave breaks.

Others such as Aticama, Santa Cruz de Miramar, Los Cocos, Chacala, Punta El Custodio and Bucerías are also known to have good waves.


Whether you prefer the short or long board or even a stand up paddleboard, the Riviera Nayarit is the place to be for surfers.  

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