Over the past few weeks I’ve had several families ask about surfing in Mexico and Central America. While an easy, all-inclusive vacation is the perfect relaxing getaway for families with very young children, and the kids get older families increasingly look for fun activities that will keep everyone engaged and happy while also getting in some fun relaxing time at the beach.
Surfing is a great activity that kids as young as 6 or 7 can learn and enjoy. I have very fond memories of learning to surf alongside my daughter in Nicaragua a few years ago, when she was 7 years old.
If you’re thinking about planning beach vacation in the next year, and specifically want to surf with your kids, check out these family friendly surf vacation destinations in Mexico.
Punta Mita, Nayarit
Located just north of Puerto Vallarta, this area is uncrowded and has a totally different atmosphere than Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. Punta Mita is home to one of the best beginner surf breaks in Mexico, called El Anclote. Here, the waves are long, rolling and break in both directions, which allows for multiple surfers on each wave. You’ll even see SUP Surfers (basically surfing on a stand up paddle board) here! Plus, Punta Mita is close to the charming, laid back surf village of Sayulita.
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Looking much, much further south along the Pacific coast, Puerto Escondido, is a laid-back, undeveloped gem and one of the best family friendly surf vacation destinations in Mexico. The world’s most famous surfers, along with plenty of up-and-comers, show up here each year for the Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido competition each year to test their mettle on some unpredictable waves that get funneled through the offshore canyon. But there is also plenty of beginner waves in the area and also some lovely snorkeling in the area.
Villas Carrizallilo is the only game in town when it comes to places to stay. This resort is made up of several villas and located just a few miles from the town center (and the town is very small, a “pueblo”). Contact me to learn more about the property, area and to discuss which villa is best suited to your family’s needs.
This once-drowsy fishing village, about a half-hour drive north of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, has developed significantly in the past few years, but still a quieter area than resort destinations like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. I love the pristine coral-sand beach here that opens into a picture perfect little bay.
Troncones Point, jutting out into Manzanillo Bay, is famous for its consistent left point break and suitability for novices and veterans alike. Waves have been reported over 15 feet in peak season, May through October, so it’s not for young children or beginners during those months. Here the Capella Resort is my top recommendation, where I can get you some nice perks like free breakfast daily, room upgrades and a nice resort credit to spend on food and drinks on site. I also have a few lovely smaller boutique properties in the area.
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