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A complete guide to the Surf Breaks of Punta de Mita


Surfing in the Punta de Mita area is amazing! This area has been blessed with surf breaks for all kind of surfers, from spots with easy waves for beginners to locations with big and fast waves for experienced surfers.

If you are coming to Punta Mita and would like to enjoy the experience of running some waves, this will be an excellent guide for you, either if you are learning to surf or if you have been surfing for years.

Captura de pantalla 2014-04-08 a la(s) 16.02.49Jose Pelayo, known locally as “Mita” has shared with us his local knowledge to guide us through the best surf breaks along the north shore. Jose is one of those lucky ones who gets to work at what he loves: surfing! He discovered surf at the age of 12 and he loved it, but it wasn’t until the age of 17 that he realized that surfing was a core part of his life and happiness. After a couple of years working as a surf instructor for other companies, Jose was encouraged by one of his friends to open his own shop, and that’s how Mita Surf Club was born. Jose may be young, but you’ll be amazed by his kindness and responsibility. He operates one of the most popular surf schools in Punta de Mita, with many Punta Mita residents as regular clients. They return again and again, either to get new tips, bring their friends to learn, or to visit the best breaks in the area with this knowledgable, local guide.

Being an expert surfer and a savvy local of the waves, Mita has helped us creating this guide for the best surf breaks in the area…enjoy!

El Tizate: located in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, only 15 mins away from Punta Mita. This surf break is a hidden gem of the local surfers. It is what they call “a right” of an intermediate level formed by rocks — the reason why it is not recommended during low tides.

Veneros: this amazing beach has not one, but two surf breaks, about 100 meters  from one other. One of them is formed by sand and provides right and left breaks. The other point is also known as “El Paredón”, a long and strong right, that depending of the size, might end in a tube, but be careful, because this is a rocky platform.

La Alberca: one of the fastest and best waves with big rough swell. Right waves with a hard break, forming tubes from beginning to end. Because of its power, the difficulty of the wave and the rocky bottom, (which is, by the way, really close the the wave break), many surfers go, but only the most experienced get in the water.

Paraíso: the waves here only break with big swells, and when they do, it is a perfect right! It’s formed by a reef, and this does all the work – no matter which direction the swell is going. Fast, strong and perfect, without a doubt, a must for all experienced surfers. It can only be accessed by panga boat.

Punta de Burros: this break provides most rights, with some lefts every once in a while. The rights are longer and usually much more fun. Getting there is part of the excursion, you can get here by car, parking next to the Palladium Hotel and walking, following the path by the stream.

La Lancha: without a doubt, this is one of the most popular breaks due to its easy access. The break is divided by a group of rocks. To the right you’ll find easy waves with gentle breaks but strong enough to make you surf, excellent for beginners. You can use either a longboard or a paddleboard, no matter if you can surf already or are still learning. In the same break but on the left side, waves are faster, stronger and longer, great for shorter boards. It is a very reliable spot for finding good waves, mainly for beginners. Better to stay away if there’s a low tide because the flat rocky bottom might modify the waves making them not so fun.

Palmitas: formed mainly by sand this  beach breaks is essential for those experience surfers visiting the area, with  rights and lefts. This spot is much better with northern swells. You might be surprised to see the shapes of the waves. Better to avoid it with high tide.

El Anclote: this is by far the best place to learn to surf, and, age doesn’t matter! Usually you can use longboards and paddleboards, but if the swell is big you can use a shorter board without any problem. The rights are long and perfect, ideal for beginners, for an easy finish on a fun surf day, or for family fun in the water. It’s a rocky beach, but stones are not sharp. The access is very easy, located on El Anclote, the main beach in Punta de Mita. Kids, teenagers, adults, beginners, experienced surfers, everyone is welcome here!

El Faro: do you know how to surf already? You can try this spot then. The rocky bottom enables the creation of very long waves with different sections that go from very docile to fast perfect waves. Surfing with high tide is not usually very good, but if the swell is big, tide doesn’t make a big difference.  The lowest the tide is the best that usually is. You can get there walking by the beach from El Anclote or you can get a panga to take you. Many of our surfers visiting during the winter come only to surf this spot, as it provides the best 200 meters of waves to surf!

La Bahía: Rights or lefts, here you have both! The rights are usually longer, but the lefts are faster. This point is about an hour away walking from Punta de Mita, a little bit far, but a wonderful place to surf. Medium tides are optimal. Mita, tells us a story  that in the 60’s, a photographer from Surfer Magazine – very good surfer too, named Ron Stoner – surfed here and documented this surf break. Most surfers here use short boards, but it is up to you. 

Now you have a complete guide to the surf breaks for you to create your own Surf Schedule during your stay in Punta Mita. You can take your surf lessons, book your surf tours or rent your surf boards with Mita Surf Club, and we are sure you’ll have an amazing time! And, as Jose “Mita” says: “Every ride is a victory”

Click here to learn more about Mita Surf Club services and book your surf lessons and trips.


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