Surfing Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Las Escolleras

La Saladita beach, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

I’m looking forward to the upcoming spring holidays, for some relaxing days off work and for spending time with a group of university friends from Mexico city, who are coming for a visit.  When I asked if they had any activities they would love to do while visiting Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, they replied they would love to go surfing!  I am not surprised that surfing is on top of their wish list, as Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area has been known for surfing since the 60-ies!  And while some of my friends are avid surfers, for the others learning to surf is a long-yearned wish.  I rolled up my sleeves, did some exploring, and created a selection of surf spots that I think would be great to visit.

If you are planning your sunny getaway to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo soon, and are looking for some surf spots, perhaps you would find this list useful as well.


Las Escolleras surf spot, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Surfing Ixtapa Zihuatanejo:

  • Playa Linda is located just North of Ixtapa, at the mouth of Ixtapa River.  This beach is more than 1 km (0.65 miles) long and it is the host to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s annual surfing tournament.  This beach is very close to Capella Ixtapa, so my colleagues love heading here for a surf session before or after work.  It has a river-mouth, which creates waves that break in both left and right directions with a long, smooth wall and in some parts a bit stronger.  It breaks year round.
  • Playa Las Escolleras is one of the most popular surfing spots in the area, you can access it at Playa El Palmar, by the rocks dividing the marina from the beach.  This beach is particularly popular with locals.  It has a strong right beach break at a breakwater of rocks with a sandy bottom. It breaks 3/4 of the year.
  • Playa Troncones is located about 15 miles north of Zihuatanejo.  It has strong waves with occasional tubes.  The north point is a left break on reef, sometimes with tubes followed by a smooth wall.  It breaks all year round.  In addition to be a great surf spot, I love visiting Troncones village for it’s laid back atmosphere and colorful streets, sea caves and waterfall (read more about it here).
  • La Barrita, a rocky beach 10 minutes southeast of Barra de Potosí.  Not many tourists stop at this village, but this and Loma Bonita beach are some of the best local spots for surfing.  It has a strong wave with tube in season.  It breaks 3/4 of the year.  I suggest making this a day trip and visiting Barra de Potosí and Petatlan town and its gold market as well.
  • La Saladita beach has a long and smooth left point-break that breaks all year, albeit very small in the winter but still perfect for a long board.  It is located about 20 miles north of Zihuatanejo, entering through a village of Los Llanos.  My colleagues have recommended this beach, and I’m looking forward to visiting soon.
  • Petatalco surf spot is probably the largest break in the region.  It is a very powerful beach break with perfect gigantic tubes.  This was one of the most famous waves during the 70′s, and it still has many very good days.  I am intrigued by the reputation and history of this beach, and can’t wait to experience it in person!

These are just some of the surf spots in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area.  For more recommendations please leave a comment below or send an email to our Personal Assistant, who will be happy to advise you on the surf spot based on your wishes and desires.

Photo source: La Saladita, Las Escolleras

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A Day Trip To Barra De Potosi


I love all the little escapes that I can take in Ixtapa.  There is just so much to explore!  Recently I shared about the beautiful Isla Ixtapa, and this week’s location is equally beautiful.

After hearing many stories about Barra de Potosí I had to visit for myself.  According to one of Capella Ixtapa’s Personal Assistants, this is a picturesque beach.

Barra de Potosí, a small beachside village, is like a time warp.  It is a very quiet and relaxing place, nestled at the southern end of Playa Larga and about 35 minutes south of the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.  Barra de Potosí has an endless fine-sand beach and a large lagoon brimming with bird life.  You can swim, take boat trips, rent a kayak and paddle around the estuary or go horseback riding.

 Enramadas (or palapas) line the beach.  I found an open one where I relaxed in a hammock and enjoyed amazing local seafood specialties.  If you have the chance to go, try the pescado a la talla (broiled fish fillets) or tiritas, and don’t miss out on the savory handmade tortillas!

If you are a surfer, stop by La Barrita, a shell sized village on an attractive, rocky beach 10 minutes southeast of Barra de Potosí.  Not many tourists stop at this village, but this and Loma Bonita beach are some of the best local spots for surfing.  During my visit I was able to catch some great waves!

I really enjoyed my escape to Barra de Potosi.  I hope one day you get to visit this special town!

Images via Flickr user Loxy

Pasar El Día En Barra De Potosí


Me encantan todos los pequeños viajes y escapadas que puedo hacer en Ixtapa. Hay tanto que explorar! Recientemente les compartí un artículo sobre la Hermosa Isla Ixtapa,y el lugar de esta semana es igualmente bello.

Después de escuchar muchas historias sobre Barra de Potosí tenía que visitarlo yo mismo. De acuerdo con uno de los Asistentes Personales de Capella Ixtapa, esta era una playa muy pintoresca.

Barra de Potosí, un pequeño pueblo en la playa, es como una cápsula de tiempo. Un sitio muy tranquilo y relajante, localizado en el extremo sur de Playa Larga y a unos 35 minutos al sur de Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Barra de Potosí tiene una playa de fina arena que parece no tener fin y una laguna donde abundan las especies de aves. Se puede nadar, tomar paseos en bote, rentar un kayak y remar alrededor del estero o ir incluso en un paseo a caballo.

Las enramadas se alinean en la playa. Encontré una donde me relajé en una hamaca y disfrute de deliciosas especialidades de mariscos. Si tienes la oportunidad de ir,  prueba el pescado a la talla o las tiritas, ¡y no te pierdas las exquisitas tortillas hechas a mano!

Si surfeas, has una parada en La Barrita, una diminuto pueblo con una playa rocosa 10 minutos al sureste de Barra de Potosí. No hay muchos turistas en este pueblo, pero esta y la playa de Loma Bonita son de los mejores lugares para hacer surf en el área. Durante mi visita incluso ¡pude tomar un par de buenas olas!

Realmente disfruté de mi pequeño viaje a Barra de Potosí. ¡Espero que alguna vez tengan la oportunidad de visitar este mágico rincón!

Images via Flickr user Loxy