The first time I’ve heard of Troncones was from a local taxi driver who was listing me his favorite spots close to Ixtapa to escape for a weekend. Something in his description caught my attention and made me long for a visit. And recently I got the chance to visit!
Troncones is a quiet beach village located just 20 miles north of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. The first thing that struck me was the picturesque landscape of hammocks and palm trees that seemed to capture the character of the area. Despite its beauty and closeness to Ixtapa, Troncones has surprisingly managed to escape massive tourism. This becomes obvious when you get exposed to some of “old Mexico.” Chickens and donkeys roam the streets, and nights are quietly spent at home. The 3.1 miles of beach is speckled with a few homes, restaurants, eco-hostels, campgrounds and surf schools.
Troncones is considered an almost secret surf gem of the Mexican Pacific Coast. A local surf instructor told me that from June to October there are many breaks, which can hit up to 25 feet (7.6 m) at Troncones Point and El Rancho. Breaks in Troncones tend to be gentler in the “shoulder seasons” (spring and fall), and some spots are better suited to long boarders. Many hostels and surf shops offer surfing classes and surf board rentals, and I am already planning a future surf trip!
I also enjoyed a lunch at El Burro Borracho (The Drunken Donkey), a local restaurant. Lunch was accompanied by a Mexican folk dance show, which takes place at the restaurant every Sunday! After lunch, I continued exploring the town and discovered a small church with beautiful artisan woodwork. It was great to experience authentic Mexico away from the hustle and bustle.