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Best known for: Great wave, warm water, sun!
Surfing near Bucerias is great, with Punta de Mita only 10 minutes away and Sayulita about 25 minutes away you catch some of the best Mexico has to offer for waves!
Surfing looks way easier than it is, so give the local surfers some credit for trying! Try your hand at boggie boarding too, theres fun for everyone. Boards can be rented at very reasonable costs or you can even get lessons (very valuable if you do not want to surf upside down)!
Thanks Magic Seaweed for the pics of real surfers, when we grow up, maybe we will look this cool!
These, Not so much!
Where to Surf
Sayulita has a good wave reputation and has become a "little" surf city. The reefs are mellow and ideally suit beginners to intermediate and very mellow longboarders who don`t mind the crowds. Sayulita & San Pancho are more adapted to intermediate or beginner level surfers. The surf in these two towns peaks August and September but those waves are not good for beginers or intermediate surfers.
Sayulita and San Francisco are within 1:30 h drive N of Puerto Vallarta on Highway 200. Ride the bus ($4) or Rent a car in Bucerias ($65/d). Regular local buses cover the whole Bahia de Banderas area and accept short boards.
Lodging & food: Resorts are plentiful from San Blast to Puerto Vallarta. One of the best places for beginners, families and young surfers we highly recommend in Banderas Bay is Viva Vallarta Resort facing Punta del Burro. A "World Class" surf spot that breaks all year. In Sayulita try Bungalows Las Gaviotas ($25/dble) for those on a lower budget or Las Olas all women surf camp ($2000/week all included).
One more thing, although this page is about surfing, there are some that prefer the simpler side of wave riding and choose the edgy side of boogie boarding. Randal’s family and mine went to Sayulita one day and we asked a friend to catch us riding a good wave and to catch the ultimate wave. Well, the photos were hilarious as Randal clearly won this dual (he still gloats). However, I will be back for another dual, stay tuned….
Local Surf Report
Please remember it is a guide and the weather changes dramitically, use discretion and caution at all times. Most of all have fun, get great pictures and let everyone back home know who the surfer dudes are!