Top Spots to Surf in Mexico

The MEXICO Report

By Susie Albin-Najera

Warm water, long point breaks and uncrowded conditions are just some of the reasons why the surfers love the waves of Mexico. When I spoke to Surfer Magazine’s Senior Writer and ‘Curious Gabe’ columnist, Gabe Sullivan, he revealed his top five picks for the best surfing spots in Mexico in this particular order:

Surfer Magazine's Gabe Sullivan

1. Barra De La Cruz, Oaxaca

2. Todos Santos, Baja

3. Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

4. Rio Nexpa, Michoacan

5. Zihuatanejo

“The perfect combination of 80 degree water, 80 degree air temperature and 80 percent humidity is what keeps me coming back to Zihuatanejo,” says Sullivan. “Your body is at total peace in that environment. We like to stay at the Manzanillo Bay Inn. Great huevos rancheros, ice cold Negra Modelo on tap and a fun left hand point break out front.”

Bill Eastman, otherwise known as Baja Bill and owner of Baja Surf Adventures, has been surfing Baja for more than 45 years.

“The following surf spots are my favorite today because of uncrowded conditions, where you still can surf free and keep stoked up.”

1. Bahia De Rincon, Baja. I have been surfing here more than 25 years and love this wave; long point break and no crowds. I never get tried of surfing here.

2. Cobbles, Baja. Very good rights and lefts and never a dull moment here.

3. Roberts Left, Baja. When firing, this wave is the feeling of being in Indo because of the power and length of the wave and barrel. When we receive a good NW swell, it becomes a beautiful right hander in the winter. This wave gives me the power of North Shore without the crowds.

4. Salina Cruz, Oaxaca. All the waves here are a regular foots dream, great barrels, long rides and warm water. It’s starting to get crowded in this area but well worth the time to surf here.

5. Central Baja. Love to surf here in the fall and winter.  The entire area is my all time favorite for surfing with large WNW swells, long right hand points and reef breaks here, and still semi uncrowded, even today. This area has incredibly good waves and beautiful vistas.

The story of Baja Surf Adventures

During a camping trip back in the mid 80’s at Bahia De Rincon, Bill was sitting around a campfire with friends when they suggested he turn his love into a business. Since he enjoyed taking people south of the border, cooking, making sure everyone was taken care of and especially finding the best places to surf, it made sense. Bill liked the idea and told them he’d think about it.

After entertaining the idea for about six months, Bill went to his favorite spot in Baja and asked the owners of the land if he could buy it.  They told him no,  but rather he could lease as much land as he wanted.

“The person in charge of the point said, tell me when to stop walking when you think you’ll have enough property for your camp,” recalled Baja Bill. “He walked 220 feet of prime viewing area of the point. And that’s how it started and now has grown into what it is today, a beautiful place to come and my clients feel like they’re part of a big family here.”

Bill Eastman

Surf Camps and Eco Tour Destinations

Baja Surf Adventures has two new camps coming in 2010, one in Mazatlan and the other in La Ticla (off the Michoacan Coast). Both camps will be run by experienced surfers who know the ropes of the regions and the great surf spots for the guest to enjoy. The camps will have eco tours as well, so guests can enjoy different sports actives and see points of interest in each area.

Visit Baja Surf Adventures for more information on locations, camps, tours and schedules. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, surfing in Mexico can be an exciting and yet peaceful water sport to enjoy.  Just ask the pros!


Baja Surf Adventures

Note: Photos used with permission.


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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

9 comments for “Top Spots to Surf in Mexico

  1. 2010-01-07 at 11:07 pm

    Hola Susie! Thanks for this great article…when I posted it on my Mexico fan page, a member commented that Punta Mita was perhaps erroneously left out! A great list nonetheless….

    Cheers, Thomas

    • 2010-01-08 at 10:01 am

      LOL! Thanks for posting it! Yes, there are definitely dozens of hot spots in Mexico, in fact there is a surf camp in Sayulita that I’m looking into as well! Thanks for the feedback, always appreciated! Best, Susie

  2. Iwalani
    2010-01-06 at 4:21 pm


    Fantastic article Susie. Did Danny get to see it yet? I’ll have to pass on your blog to other facebook friends who love and live for Mexico..We hope to go back to Baja in May and hit 9 palms, a favorite surf spot for those who live near Cabo Pulmo.

  3. Doc
    2009-12-17 at 10:05 pm

    Great article, Susie, and a really good blog! I live full time in Baja, and you’re spot on about the quality of the surf, the people and the life down here. I’ll be enjoying more of your blog in the future, I’m sure.

    • 2009-12-17 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks so much for your feedback and for reading The MEXICO Report! All the best to you.

  4. Luis
    2009-12-17 at 12:34 pm

    Enjoyed your article Susie. My buddies and I enjoy surfing and go on a surfing safari trip once a year, we’re going to Mexico next year. Will share this article with them and who knows, we might end up at one of these sites! Thx…

    • 2009-12-17 at 6:45 pm

      Sounds great! Glad you enjoyed it. I think you will have a great time no matter which location in Mexico you chose, but those were the picks from the pros, so you can’t go wrong! Take care and thanks for reading TMR!

  5. Michael
    2009-12-16 at 9:15 pm

    Nice article Susie. I am dreaming of surfing right now!
    And I love Baja (spent some time near San Felipe when I was growing up), but never surfed it!

    I love my kids (crushing my surfing dreams…)!

    • 2009-12-17 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks Michael! You should take your family to a surf camp. They would probably love it!! Thanks again for the feedback.

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