Top 10 Surfing Beaches in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Recently, Riviera Nayarit Blog published a list of top 10 surfing beaches in the destination. As we are great fans of incorporating outdoor activities into travel itineraries, here is a list they compiled, chosen by the surfers themselves.

Top 10 Surfing Beaches in Riviera Nayarit

Top 10 Surfing Beaches in Riviera Nayarit

“Riviera Nayarit has waves breaking all year round for every level of surfer, from those who are standing on a board for the very first time to those who defy Mother Nature’s extremes. 

Riviera Nayarit Top 10 Surfing Beaches

10.- Platanitos 

Located right on the border between San Blas and Compostela, Platanitos is a beautiful beach break to chill out on and enjoy.

9.- Santa Cruz de Miramar (San Blas) 

These waves are powerful and dangerous because of the rocks but they’re very, very fun for those who know what they’re doing.

8.- Lo de Marcos

This beach has high waves best for intermediate level surfers. Many people don’t know about it but that’s great for those who do—they have lots more room to play. Worst case scenario you’ll share the waves with some 15 people, max.

 7.- Ola Lola in Chacala

La Ola Lola in Chacala, Compostela, is a hidden gem: to get to the bay you have to jump in a fishing boat for 20 minutes due north. This wave isn’t for beginners, in fact, it’s strictly for pros.

6.- Burros, La Lancha and El Anclote

This area of Punta de Mita has several breaks that are a favorite of the destination because they’re calm and laid back, ideal for longboards.

Top 10 Surfing Beaches in Riviera Nayarit

Top 10 Surfing Beaches in Riviera Nayarit

5.- San Pancho 

In San Pancho you can start to sense the open sea beyond the bay. It has strong waves recommended for intermediate and advanced surfers—left-hand breaks that can go as high as four meters.

4.- Veneros (Punta de Mita) 

Beginners on the verge of becoming intermediate surfers will appreciate Veneros—it’s a strong, good-sized wave and there aren’t many people around.

3.- Las Islitas

The longest wave in the region is here: it’s very straightforward and you can ride it for almost an entire kilometer. At some point it was the longest wave in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but they’ve already spotted others and the longest one is now in North America. At its peak this wave is over two kilometers long and spans the bay at Matanchen.

2.- Sayulita 

This is a great beach for beginners all the way to pros, since it has three different breaks coming in from the left, the right and a special section for learners.

1.- Stoner Point Break

This is strictly for the advanced surfer: it’s only available in the summertime with the southern swells and is famous around the world for its strength. It’s located between the beaches at El Borrego and Matanchen in San Blas.

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

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