Surfing Nuevo Vallarta

Nuevo Vallarta is a planned tourist resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico, just north of Puerto Vallarta. It is located in Banderas Bay and is known for its golf courses, its marina and the 8 miles long sandy beach.

Most of the websites about Surfing in the Riviera Nayarit don’t even mention Nuevo Vallarta as a surf spot.

In most cases, the information available everywhere is that you need to go to Veneros, Punta Burros, La Lancha or even Sayulita to find surfable waves.

That is not true.

When the right conditions arise, several very nice surfable waves are available in the beach between Marina Vallarta and Bucerias.

That is most likely to happen during hurricane season, which usually starts and the End of August and lasts till the beginning of November.

Hurricanes and tropical storms push big SSW swells into the bay. Sometimes also big winter NNW swells reach the Nuevo Vallarta shores turning on several surf spots.

These waves are normally shoulder to head high and they can go up to double head high producing great tubes. Most of these waves are ideal for intermediate and expert surfers only.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen very often, but when it happens there will be very few people out (if any), catching those waves.

In the following video, you can see a lucky solo surfer riding a great looking head-high right wave in Nuevo Vallarta. This was during the wintertime on a good-sized NNW swell.

That spot is called “El Chino” by the locals and it is right by the Nuevo Vallarta Marina dock. It is very easily accessible through the public beach entrance by the Villa Varadero Hotel.

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