If you surf enough to feel confident out on the waves, then you know the special feeling of bliss that longtime surfers describe as totally unique — a singular mixture of relaxation, fun, and adventure that you can’t find anywhere else. And if you’re just getting into it, or want to try to surf for the first time, then you have fun times in front of you! You can find amazing surfing locales in coastal countries all around the world, but when it comes to the best locations all in one country, it’s hard to meet the smooth, sandy shores and bright blue water of beautiful Mexico. If you’re ready for a surfing beach vacation south of the border, then look no further than our favorite surf spots in Mexico to ride the waves.
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Sometimes called “PE” for short, Puerto Escondido, deep in the southwest region of Mexico, offers visitors in the know much of the relaxed attitude and awesome waves that you could want on a surfing trip, but without the tourist frenzy, you will find in many of Mexico’s more popular destinations.
If you’re all about the waves, this prime surfing spot on the western coast of Mexico is a no-brainer. If you’ve never surfed a “river break” before, you need to try it! Giant waves can form where the river mouth meets the larger ocean, leading to unpredictable conditions, which many adventurers approve of.
Ensenada, Baja California
This surf spot in the Baja California region of Mexico is a good choice for a short, easy trip, because of its close proximity to Tijuana and the U.S./Mexico border. The water here is a bit chilly, but if you’re a consummate surfer, you’ll have no problem warming up in your wetsuit. Plus, the waves are worth it.
You can find multi-story height waves at the Troncones Point beach. Out of the surf spots in Mexico, Trocones is best for advanced surfers. But you can find some chilled out swells for more beginner wave-riders at the nearby Playa Troncones. This former fishing village is now pretty well populated by thrill-seeking surfers, but you can still definitely find some of the old charm.