Ride the Waves of the Riviera Nayarit

Luis Ernesto de la Garza
Surf the Waves of the Riviera Nayarit


Staying on your feet while riding an ocean wave is a fun and almost magical feat that surfing allows you to achieve. While surfing the body and board become one in a fight against the forces of gravity, friction, and inertia to maintain your balance. Master the waves of the Riviera NayaritThe challenge is in lasting as long as you can upright on the board; this requires a big, solid wave, and quite a lot of skill. This extreme sport Long board surfing in the Riviera Nayarithas become something of a tradition on the numerous beaches of the Riviera Nayarit

Throughout the Riviera Nayarit, from Punta Mita to Sayulita, there are numerous beaches that provide perfect hunting grounds for catching big waves. These beaches are ideal for surfing, whether it is on a shortboard, a longboard, or a paddleboard; the latter is becoming more and more popular in the area. Each of the beaches stands as one of the Surf Lessons in the Riviera Nayaritmany attractions in the Riviera Nayarit and are well worth a visit, not just for surfers, but also for surfing fans and spectators looking to witness the impressive feats of people carving up the waves.

You'll find excellent hotels in the Riviera Nayarit catering to all budgets among the large number of communities, towns, and beaches that make up the area. In the Riviera Nayarit you'll have no trouble finding somewhere to enjoy a well-deserved rest after a busy day and to recharge your batteries for an early start, to beat other surfers to the best waves.

Paddleboard in the Riviera NayaritListed below are some of the best places to surf in the Riviera Nayarit:

  • The Cove and El Faro, in Punta Mita
  • El Anclote, perfect for beginners, due to its smooth. slow, and long waves
  • La Lancha, located 40 minutes to the south of Punta Mita, featuring big waves caused by a reef break
  • Punta Burros, by the Grand Palladium Vallarta hotel
  • Sayulita, featuring golf courses, restaurants, horseback rides, hotels, and much more
  • Kieran Grant in the Riviera NayaritLos Veneros, also known as "Dinosaurios" (Dinosaurs), an exclusive beach club with waves similar to those seen in Malibu, California
  • Las Albercas and La Playa, which flank Los Veneros
  • Bahia de Matanchen (Matanchen Bay) featuring the longest waves in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records

If you're a surfer at heart with the ability to match, then show off your skills at the surf tournament that is held in Punta Sayulita the first weekend of Surf Tournament in the Riviera NayaritMarch every year. Officially known as the Annual Punta Sayulita Long Board & Stand-Up Classic, this competition pays homage to the stunning waves of the Pacific Ocean in the Riviera Nayarit, and it acts as a fundraiser for the conservation of the beaches and coral reefs in the area.

There is never a scarcity of excellent teachers and all the equipment you need to surf in the Riviera Nayarit; the only thing you have to take with you is the will to learn and the desire to have lots of fun. Come and discover the fantastic waves of the Riviera Nayarit!

By Luis Ernesto de la Garza