Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-14-2010   #11
DanOrion's Avatar
Indian Hills, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,448
Originally Posted by Ture View Post
but Puerto is one of the heaviest waves in Mexico.
No shit, the ground shakes when sets come in at Zicatela, but there are some mellower breaks north of town, like Carrizalillo, and some very secluded beaches for relaxing like Roca Blanca. Town does have that agro-surfer vibe. Further south, San Augstinillo is really amazing place, but is a little too close to Zipolite.

DanOrion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2010   #12
JDHOG72's Avatar
Wolcott, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 432
Hey lower case ric, I don't see you offering any suggestions just negativity. Where would you go surfing, the wave pool at waterworld?

JDHOG72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2010   #13
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,239
I remember there being fairly good body surfing and easier surfing just down the beach from Zicatela,must be where Ture said the fifty dudes are.i liked the town a lot,not too touristy,but that was 15 years ago, always wanted to go back.The easier beach was nowhere near as rowdy Acapulco when the flags are up ,now that was class V+ body surfing! Lucky i'm not dead.
Monterrico and Sipacate in Guatemala are very laid back dirt cheap places to learn to surf.Sipacate is way laid back with the better surf ,nothing to do but wait for your next session.Monterrico has an expat community and a little more to do.That coast has a reputation for bad undercurrents/riptides,but the locals can steer you to the safe spots.yeah yeah it' Guatemala ,don't go if you're scared of third world countries,you'd like the prices though.
cayo 2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2010   #14
placerville, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1993
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 732
our family had a great trip to troncones last winter. great surf nearby, awesome spot, gorgeous, nice and quiet, but with good local restaurant options.
steven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2010   #15
ric's Avatar
Fruita, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1982
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 201
Sorry abt the negitive vib! just being real! It's scary down there, and fear is a real issue with americans.
I'd don't think water world is open yet, but ya thats great fun on that wave they make, have u ever tried it?
maybe cancun or belize would be cool?
ric is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2010   #16
Phillips's Avatar
Lakewood, Colorasta
Paddling Since: 1997
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 843
Saladita can get pretty crowded. You might wanna check out Sayulita instead

Originally Posted by JDHOG72 View Post
Troncones/Saliditas, MX. Great guy named Beto that owns a surf shop. He'll basically give you the keys to his shop if he likes you. Good longboard surf in Saliditas. Empty beaches, relatively cheap places to stay and eat. Fly into Zihuatanejo (30 minutes away). This is the trip that my wife and I did last year and we had an awesome time. Beto got my wife surfing also.
MexCalli Surf School: Troncones
Casa Luciernaga - Contact & Reservations Place we stayed

or for more adventure check out Bocas del Toro Panama:
Ojos del Mundo (Gratefuljacobi Rob can give you info on surfing throughout central America) Tell him JD sent you.
Phillips is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2010   #17
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 403
Boca del Toro, Panama. All the other places listed here are on the Pacific side thus marginal snorkeling. Boca is good waves on the caribbean side so the snorkeling is great and the surf is great. It is super cheap as well. Costa Rica is so overrated I hear they are changing its name to Paris Hilton Rica.
craporadon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2010   #18
I'm wrong 50% of the time
brendodendo's Avatar
RFV, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1977
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 857
I'll 3rd the Guillones/Nosara suggestion. Call the Gilded Iguana and talk to whomever answers the phone. They may have some good ideas about where to get a cabana (from them or even elsewhere) You can fly direct from Denver to San Jose and then jump on a prop into Nosara. Pretty inexpensive. The main break is big, but super forgiving and fun. There are many other local coves that are great for swimming and snorkeling. If your feeling up to it, you can rent a car and head south on the dirt road to Mal Pais. If you do, check out the Blue Jay Lodge.

Have fun where ever you go. And try to get in some time at the pool paddling a body board during lap swim. Nothing worse than trying to suf and realizing that your shoulders and arms are not up to the task.
Claimer: Someone that makes a claim that they have been there and done that, can do anything you can do better than you. I hate "claimers"
brendodendo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2010   #19
Salt Lake City, Utah
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 148
Sipacate is a weird place. No one was there but me and my wife, they'd close up for the night at 5 PM, and then you are stuck on this little island past the mangrove swamps wondering if your car is getting broken in to back on the mainland. You get beers from the guys wearing bullet proof vests carrying around shotguns. Around 11 that night what sounded like a full on firefight started - people yelling and thousands of rounds being fired off. We huddled in the bathroom discussing when to make a break for it and paddle our surfboards back through the mangroves. I finally sacked up, looked out the door, and saw one of the guards snoring in a hammock so I guess night time target practice is common. Its a cool place with some good surfing, but it definitely has a weird vibe.

I like Troncones an awful lot. You can get really cheap fly fishing charters out of Zihuatenejo. I caught a couple of big Dorado which we ate for the rest of our stay.

My other recommendation would be El Salvador. Playa El Tunco is only an hour or so from San Salvador, has great surfing at all levels of difficulty, and very little localism. La Libertad is nearby if you want a heavy break, though the town itself is a shithole.

Snorkeling and calm swimming aren't going to happen much on the Pacific side. Maybe at a few places like Bahias de Huatulco in Mexico, but the Bocas del Toro suggestion is a good one. Lots more surf there than Belize or other countries on the Caribbean side.
atg200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2010   #20
JDHOG72's Avatar
Wolcott, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 432
I wouldn't rule out Hawaii either. I think there are relatively cheap flights going there right now. North Shore has some great beginner/intermediate surf (not far from sunset and pipeline). We were surfing a deep water break that had sea turtles popping up all over.

JDHOG72 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cheap Tropical Getaway Info Needed Andy H. Kayaking | Trip Planner 21 02-19-2010 05:35 PM
Got Surf? Pine Creek does. Watch the World's best surf in and out of the "hole" bvwp1 Whitewater Kayaking 11 06-22-2007 10:09 AM
Tropical Ecuador paddling in December LarryV Commercial Posts 0 11-12-2006 08:15 AM
Steve Bowens - BCU Surf Committee - Great surf! kayaksurf Whitewater Kayaking 0 05-24-2006 06:10 PM
Tropical kayaking Feb. 25! LarryV Commercial Posts 1 03-27-2006 01:22 AM

» Classified Ads
NRS Whitewater Kayak...

posted by sunsurfsnow

Brand new, still has tag. Price is $20 less than retail and...

Jackson Karma Large

posted by Mmcquillen

2016 L Karma, used for 1/2 a season. Bought it new in July...

AT Geronimo Glass Paddle...

posted by MaxInTexas

AT Geronimo straight shaft paddle with 30 degree offset. ...

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.