Surfing Jalisco Mexico
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About Jalisco Mexico
Surfing Jalisco Mexico is quite a phenomenal experience. The Jalisco region of Mexico contains a long series of beach breaks, river mouths, and the occasional reef, stretching from Puerto Vallarta in the north to the border of Michoacan in the south.
If you decide to venture into Michoacan, please be careful because these days it has been reported that the Narco activity on this area may be hazardous to your health.
Let's get back to Jalisco, the birth place of Tequila. While it's home to several high-quality waves like Tecuan, Campos Manzanillo, El Pariso, and Boca de Apisa, the jewel of this area is the infamous Pascuales. A thumping beach break that can hold 25+ foot waves.
Pascuales is to Jalisco and Colima what Puerto Esondido is to Oaxaca—you've seen this wave in the mags—dangerous, hollow, and for experts (or you) only if there's any hint of Southern Hemi in the water.
Like in most of Mainland Mexico, crowds in Jalisco can vary wildly from spot to spot. The bulk of big-name spots in the area will have a crowd, and expect some pretty serious localism in the water at Pascuales, a wave so fierce, getting beat up on the beach will be the least of your concerns if you paddle out on big day.
The usual in Mainland Mex: dangerous roads, corrupt cops, shallow reefs, Montezuma's Revenge (a stomach bug in the water supply that can strand you in the bathroom for days on end), highway bandits, board liquefying beach breaks, and mosquitoes o' plenty.
Yet, this trip is well worth all the challenges and risks—word on the street is that these days, it's a little sketchy up towards La Tica area but if you dare to travel into that region, you will be rewarded with empty waves.
Best Time To Surf Jalisco Mexico
Surfing Pascuales, Mexico
Surfing Spots In Jalisco Mexico
Surf Spots in Jalisco, Mexico
Surfing, Eating, & Sleeping In Pascuales Mexico
Other than surf, there isn't much to do or see in this small coastal town in Jalisco. You may want to stay down the road and drive in and surf Pascuales, but if you decide that you would rather get up with the chickens and surf before anyone drives in, than we do have a few options for you.
Places to Sleep in Los Pascuales Mexico
Well, it's not the Sheraton but it's as close as you will get out here in the wild west of Mexico. Check out Paco's Hotel for 50 bones a night.
- Reviews include:
- “Great place to just crash”
- “Not great for families”
- “Safest place in town”
- Amenities include: Seafood restaurant, AC, and private bathrooms (you will definitely need the AC).
- #1 of 2 on www.tripadvisor.com and www.lonelyplanet.com states that it's “very popular with experienced surfers" and your lost European backpacker.
Places to Eat in Los Pascuales Mexico
- Reviews include:
- “Traditional and simple with bean tacos”
- “Prawns are specialty”
- “Best Ayamos ever eaten”
- “Spectacular beach but dangerous to swim”
Octopus on the Grill at Manscos Homero
Manscos Homero (Located in Tecoman a short drive away)
- Reviews include:
- “I think these guys have the best mariscos in the great state of Colima.”
- “I am becoming kind of an aficionado when it comes to octopus.”
- "I never thought I would like it so much. I like the diabla sauce, but even more I just like it on the grill. You know it is really good by how tender it comes. Homero's does it so much better than anywhere else I have tried it.”
Surfing, Eating, & Sleeping In Barra de Navidad Mexico
Surfing Barra de Navidad
Barra de Navidad in Jalisco is an exposed beach, reef, rivermouth break that has reasonably consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing.
Offshore winds blow from the north northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers and in addition, both left and right reef breaks add variety.
Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of rocks and sharks. Forgot your surfboard or need some gear? Check out Barra Surf Shop & Bar.
Getting to Barra de Navidad
- The closest passenger airport to Barra de Navidad is Playa De Oro International (Manzanillo) Airport (ZLO) in Mexico, which is 24 km (15 miles) away (directly).
- The second nearest airport to Barra de Navidad is Colima Airport (CLQ), also in Mexico, 125 km (78 miles) away.
- The third closest airport is Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International (Puerto Vallarta) Airport (PVR), also in Mexico, 169 km (105 miles) away.
Here's a surf cast on Barra de Navidad.
Places to Sleep in Barra de Navidad
Eating in Casa Chips
Casa Chips: Well kept boutique hotel right on the beach in Barre de Navidad. The hotel is centrally located in the town, within easy walking distance of restaurants and markets.
Reviews for Casa Chips look good . . .
“Our room had a terrace and ocean view. It was large, comfortable and CLEAN and even had a kitchenette! The staff was friendly and attentive. It was so easy to feel right at home in a totally new place in a different country. We will definitely go back again.”
Link to hotel on trip advisor.
Casa Colina: $$$$ Ultra High end but worth it. Link to hotel on Yelp.
Hotel Laguna del Tule: $$ Moderate price range.Link to hotel on Yelp.
Places to Eat in Barra de Navidad
Restaurant Paty (link on Yelp)
Ambar di Mare: If you’re looking for something different other then Mexican food, this place looks great. They’re mostly Italian with some seafood variants.
We ran across someone that loves this place and said, “We ate here twice in one week! We have been going to Ambar's since 2000 and it is always fabulous. My husband LOVES the French onion soup, the crepes are delicious, the pizza is fabulous, and the Cesar salad was wonderful. Ambar's is a rare gem in an unsuspecting place.”
Link to Ambar on trip advisor.
For night-life options and a deeper dive into local restaurants in Barra, check out this link..
Surfing Quimixto Mexico
Quimixto in Jalisco is a quite exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing.
Offshore winds are from the south. Groundswells more frequent than wind-swells and the optimum swell angle is from the west southwest.
The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. A fairly popular wave that can sometimes get crowded.
Be wary of rips - they make surfing dangerous.
Quimixto Surf Consistency
Getting to Quimixto Mexico
The closest passenger airport to Quimixto is Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International (Puerto Vallarta) Airport (PVR) in Mexico, which is 24 km (15 miles) away (directly).
The second nearest airport to Quimixto is Tepic Airport (TPQ), also in Mexico, 117 km (73 miles) away.
The third closest airport is Playa De Oro International (Manzanillo) Airport (ZLO), also in Mexico, 176 km (109 miles) away.
Here's a surf forecast on Quimixto.
Surfing Arroyo Seco
Arroyo Seco is small town 50 km north of Barra de Navidad. Empty beach and well known by the locals for its big waves. It's hard for beginners as when the swell is small the waves break really fast and hard.
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