Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

by Derek Dodds October 09, 2016

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico
Surfing Sinaloa Mexico  Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

Located in mainland Mexico at the entrance to the Sea of Cortez, the area is a magnet for south and southwest swells. Ranging from hollow A-frame beach breaks to incredible world class point breaks, surfers of all ability levels will get a thrill of a lifetime—or at lest Mexico-time.

The point breaks offer truly remarkable waves that can wrap for more than 500 yards. This wave can be both a hollow and thumpy—offering some barrel time and fast shoulders to race into the inside.

Most of the areas are all sand bottom and water temperatures hover around 75-85 degrees from May through November, hence no wetsuits are required. In April, a vest or spring-suit may be desirable.

Typically there is always an off-shore flow in the morning that lasts until early afternoon. Surfing in Sinaloa is a damn good experience!

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico Surf Spots

Surfing Patoles – World Class Left Point Break

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico  Patoles

Type: point break

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind ENE

Average Sea Temperature : 25.9 °C

Best Season to surf:  The important thing to remember is not to try during the rainy season—surf season is from March to Oct. Patoles in Sinaloa is an exposed point break that has quite consistent surf.

Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest.

Good surf at all stages of the tide and it's rarely crowded here. Submerged rocks are a hazard though. Patoles can be reached by any rental car from Mazatlan in less than two hours. http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Patole/reliability_by_season

Marmols - World class left point break

Type: point Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind ENE

Average Sea Temperature: 26.0 °C

Marmols Left Point in Sinaloa is an exposed point break that is usually a safe bet and works all around the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast.

Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Even when there are waves, it's not likely to be crowded.

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico  Watch out for rocks.

Marmols Surf Quality and Wind Quality by season: http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Marmols-Left-Point/reliability_by_season_favourable_wind

Dimas River Mouth – Left/right A frame

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind ENE

Average Sea Temperature: 26.1 °C

Dimas Rivermouth in Sinaloa is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the east northeast.

Dimas tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights.

Even when there are waves, it's not likely to be crowded. Rocks are a hazard.

http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Dimas-Rivermouth/reliability_by_season

Rucos - Beach Break

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind E

Average Sea Temperature: 26.0 °C

Rucos in Sinaloa is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing.

Ideal winds are from the east. Rucos receives distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest.

Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide.

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico  Rarely crowded here. Beware of rocks, locals and sharks.

Rucos Surf Quality by Season: http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Rucos/reliability_by_season

Celestino - Point Break

Type: point

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Average Sea Temperature: 25.0 °C

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

Celestino in Sinaloa is an exposed point break that has consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing.

Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Ideal swell direction is from the southwest.

When it's working here, it can get crowded. Dangerous rips are a hazard. http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Celestino/reliability_by_season

El 29 A Dimas - Beach Break

Type: beach

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind ENE

Average Sea Temperature: 26.3 °C

El 29 A Dimas in Sinaloa is an exposed beach break that has very consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing.

The best wind direction is from the east northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest.

The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for rocks. http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/El29-A-Dimas/reliability_by_season

Surf Camps

Sinaloa Surf Adventures

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

Sinaloa Surf Adventures (SSA) is the longest running surf camp in Northern Mexico having been in business for 11 years. Recently, the camp was awarded the Mexico State Tourism award for top recreational business in Mexico.

Set in the small, tranquil fishing village of Las Barres, SSA provides a place to get away from the stress of everyday life while experiencing world class surf. This overlooked region in Mexico has been referred to as "the land that time forgot" and the "promised land".

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico  For decades surfers have flown right over the area for more well-known and overcrowded surf breaks. Arguably, the area around this part of Mexico has the most world-class breaks per mile on this side of the globe.

SSA is also very unique in that it surfs areas that are completely isolated and non-accessible. Image paddling out at your local break and it's just you and your buddies, that's what every day is like at SSA.

There is simply no other place like SSA in the world. SSA offers, best in class service, beach front accommodations, air conditioned rooms, great food, tons of memories and of course...world class, un-crowded surfing. 

Barras de Piaxtla Surf Camp

surfing sinaloa mexico

Barras de Piaxtla Surf Camp is located 1 hour and 15 minutes north of Mazatlán in the small fishing village of Las Barras De Piaxtla. If you would like to spend your day learning how to surf on pristine secluded beaches, enjoying a cold drink in a hammock 10 feet from the ocean, sea kayaking, feasting on lobster, or warming your bones next to a beach bonfire, then Barras de Piaxtla Surf Camp is the place for you.

The waves are usually small to medium in height and perfect for surf lessons. There are no crowds and plenty of space to make learning how to surf easy! The surf camp will provide all your surfing equipment. All you have to do is show up!!

Getting There

Culiacán International Airport  is an international airport located at Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. It handles the national and international air traffic of the city of Culiacán.

It is easy and cheap to get to with flights from Los Angeles roughly 2 ½ hours with an average cost of $325.00.

Where to Stay

The Palms Resort of Mazatlán

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

The Palms Resort of Mazatlán is located on the beautiful beaches of Mazatlán, in front of the three islands in the Golden Zone.This hotel really seems to go all out for it's guests. They will book excursions, fishing trips and the restaurant will even cook your caught fish for you!

If you sleep in late the cleaning service will still clean your room and they have an amazing coffee bar with fresh squeezed orange juice every morning if you decide not to sleep in. The bar will bring your margaritas to your room for you if you want to enjoy the sunset in privacy.

The only issues I've seen are that the beds are a little hard and they could use a couple more servers around the pool. But for the views, cleanliness and service the price seems to be worth every penny.

Quality Inn Mazatlán

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

The Quality Inn Mazatlán is perfect for if you're on a budget and just need a nice place to crash after a long day of surfing. They offer all the same amenities that all Quality Inns offer (free breakfast, wifi, pool and tv), there's only 3 channels in English but it's not like you're in Mazatlán to watch TV anyway.

It's about a 5 minute walk to the beach and many local clubs and restaurants are within walking distance just stay away from a place called "Panama" apparently they have terrible service.

No mini fridges but all in all seems like a great place to stay for the value.

Where to Eat

Pancho's

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico

Pancho's is located in Mazatlán in the "Golden Zone" right on the beach. Check them out for breakfast, lunch or dinner if you're in the mood for some really good Mexican Seafood. Have an awesome Margarita with some Shrimp Kabobs, sit back and enjoy the beautiful view.  

Surf's Up Café

surfing sinaloa mexico

Surf's Up Café  is located in Mazatlán right next to the El Sol La Vida Beach Resort. When you walk in you can really tell that the owner Leanne loves what she does.

Everything is homemade from the exquisite soups, caramel apples, burgers, hand cut papayas and Cubano sandwiches. There's tables right in the sand and live music is starting again in November.

It sounds to me that the 2 kilometer drive off gravel road is worth the rubber.  

Social Cafe and Cocktail Lounge 

Surfing Sinaloa mexico

The Social Cafe Lounge located in the heart of the Golden Zone seems to be the place to be if you want "soft live music in the background, a large grownup drink in front of you and a beautiful friend to your right" ~Reviewer FrankyFigs2015.

The prices are amazing, they offer free wifi and parking and there's live music on Thursday nights at 6:30, but get there early cause it fills up quick. The Social serves everything from Martinis, Cocktails, Mojitos, Vinos, Cervezas and more.

On they're food menu they serve Salads, Pizzas, Sliders, Bagels, Paninis, Delicious Desserts and other great items. I can't wait to try their "Cookies and Cream blended coffee drink with a little adult fun in it" ;)

Cash only.  

Things To Do

Huana Coa Canopy Adventure

The Huana Coa Canopy Adventure is off the hook! They offer three different options for your adventure. Combo #1 is Canopy + ATV, Combo #2 is Canopy + Horseback Riding and Combo #3 is Horseback riding + ATV.

It's kind of a long ride to get there but it's definitely worth it and they even pick you up in a WWII vehicle. They have an awesome staff including "Yara, Liz, Filipe, Danny and Jesus" who love their jobs and are fun to be around.

Safety is their first priority, they have two lines just in case and you can zip upside down.

Surfing Sinaloa Mexico  When you're done zip lining you have lunch and ride your ATV or horse to have a guided tour (with samples) of where they make their tequila!

There's no pressure to buy any but you'll probably want to since it's better and cheaper then buying it back at your hotel.

Don't forget to bring your sunglasses and GoPro! Check out this Video about Huana Coa.

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