I get asked a lot of times by my guests if they should take surf lessons here in Playa La Saladita. My short and long answer is yes. Whether you’re a total beginner, have some surf experience or have been surfing for a while, every surf spot you travel to is a little different.
For the total beginner Playa La Saladita is the perfect place to learn and what better way then having an experienced surfer guide you through the journey of learning how to surf. Many factors contribute to having a fun surf session; ocean and wave conditions, board choice, athletic ability etc.
Working with a local surf instructor you can maximize your time in the water on the equipment that’s best suited for the type of wave we have here in La Saladita.
Surf instructors give you the benefit of local wave knowledge and will help you place yourself in a spot where you’ll be catching lots of waves and they can teach you safety out in the lineup and proper surf etiquette when surfing with others around you.
For experienced surfers local knowledge can help place you in the pocket of the wave and surf coaching and video analysts will have you improving your overall skill and enjoyment out there.
There’s also alot to learn from a surf coach about board selection, shape and wave reading. The spot in La Saladita lends itself for surf progression as it’s a long wave with plenty of room for trying new tricks and it can also be easily photographed for analysts with your coach.
Locally there are several surf schools, camps and clinics to choose from. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us in case you’re interested in booking a session 🤙🏻
A question I get asked a lot by my guests is where they can do their grocery shopping here in Playa La Saladita. I recommend to my guests that on the way from the international airport in zihuatanejo they stop at the Mega Soriana supermarket as it’s a big box store that has plenty of options including a gourmet and organic grocery se than.
At the time of this blog posting we do not have any convenient or grocery stores at the beach but you can pick up basic supplies in two nearby places, Los Llanos and La Salada.
The closest place to get basic supplies (tortillas, beans, eggs, cheese, bread, milk etc) is in the little town of La Salada.
Here in the town you’ll find a couple of small tiendas, the largest being Yulis which is attached to the little brightly painted church so it’s the easiest to locate. Yuli is also an excellent cook and prepares food there so most everyone knows where her place is and can help direct you if you can’t find it. The other smaller shops are operated out of peoples homes so it is a bit harder to find them.
In the town of los llanos which is about 5Km (3 miles) from the beach there’s a few more larger convenient stores to choose from. The super Patys and Lalos are the main stores with the most variety of products and produce. The other smaller stores have mostly chips, snacks and sodas.
From the beach the town of La Salada is an easy 15 minute walk whereas it’s best to take a local taxi to Los llanos as the main road has zero shade and it’s a hot long walk if you head out after surfing.
Planning a surf trip requires some logistics, planning and local knowledge of your surf destination. Remote surf destinations tend not to have the greatest selection of surfboard rentals available to surfers but that’s not the case here in Playa La Saladita
Whether you are a beginner looking for a fun forgiving wavestorm foam board or a more advanced single fin logger you can generally find the right rental board to fit your needs.
Most of the beachfront rentals carry a big quiver of surfboards for rent, some more geared towards beginner and less experienced surfers and others that are hand shaped and kept in pretty pristine condition.
A high performance surfboard rental will cost you slightly more but generally speaking a weekly surfboard rental will run you $120 USD and in some cases you can contact the surf rental spots ahead of time to reserve a surfboard.
When you consider factors like airline bay check fees, potential damage to or loss of your surfboard in transit, higher taxi cost for accommodating boards a local surfboard rental here in Playa La Saladita might just be the perfect choice.
The waves in playa la saladita are consistent year round but depending on your level of surfing, certain times of the year may be better than others to visit Playa La Saladita.
As a beginner surfer wanting to learn to surf on friendly gentle and long left breaking waves, the winter is the best time of year for a visit.
From about November to April the point break at Playa La saladita serves up small to medium clean long waves that are perfect for beginner surfers. These kinds of waves are best to learn on and hone your surfing skills. Various surf schools located in Playa La Saladita can arrange for surf lessons and board rental.
As a more experienced surfer the late spring into summer season produces much bigger waves and consistent solid swells. The best months for finding clean surf swell in Playa La Saladita are May and June.
Later in the summer tends to have more chance of storm swell as the rainy season sets in and so do occasional tropical depressions and storm surges. There is certainly still plenty of surfing to enjoy in the summer but can sometimes be a hit or miss depending on inclement weather.
Many surfers visiting Playa La Saladita want to know where is the best place to paddle out to get to the waves. That depends a lot on a couple of factors : what is the swell doing and what kind of board are you surfing?
If the swell is big and you there’s lots of current and you’re surfing a shorter board it’s best to walk south down the beach even past the main point where the beach starts to arc further south. This can be a great place to paddle out from as there’s typically a channel that will suck you out to the outside set. The only drawback here is having to duck dive the sets so it can be quite challenging and tiring on a longboard.
If you’re surfing a longboard in bigger conditions it’s better to paddle out more to the north of the point where it’s a bit of a longer paddle but you paddle through the shoulder and avoid having to duck dive or roll the board over. This saves you some energy for the paddle into the waves !
On a typical day with smaller surf and less sweeping current it’s a good choice to paddle from the area near Lourdes restaurant as its closest to the outside peak and a more direct route. With smaller swell you won’t have too much current to battle and sets will be easy to paddle over on your way out to the peak.
Many people have asked me what surfing is like during the rainy season here in playa la saladita. Our rainy season is from around the end of May to the end of September and can be some of the best time of the year to surf. The way the beach here in Saladita is situated it picks up lots of south swells which tend to start to fill in around the beginning of may and are very consistent in the summer months.
A typical rain during the summer could start in the afternoon , rain all night and then nice clear sunny and hot the next day. During rainy season Tropical storms are more frequent and with them comes the bigger swells. Sometimes the swell can be messed up from secondary storm swells but often the rain helps to settle the swell and it can be clean and fun!
Whatever season you’re coming to enjoy La Saladita you’ll find fun waves. Even the rainy season is a good time to come surf. Definitely bring plenty of bug spray tho as the rains tend to bring them to life.
Also it’s a good idea to wait until we’ve had a few good rains come through before paddling out as the rivers break and bring lots of debris from upstream into the ocean creating potential hazards in the surf.
There’s lots of things to love about Mexico and the food is likely high on that list. Learning to prepare favorite classic Mexican dishes like mole, chile relleno, enchiladas and more can be a fun and delicious way to spend an afternoon.
I took some friends to the local cooking school where we learned the “whole enchilada” from prep to fire; stuffing poblano peppers with potatoes and cheese and rolling and pressing own tortillas and pan roasting and blending the delicate red sauce.
Our chef and teacher made the whole class a fun ang tasty experience. Would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys eating and learning to cook!
A visit to the Troncones – Playa La Saladita Riviera wouldn’t be complete without stopping for an evening soak at the local hot springs. Located pretty much in the middle of nowhere your best bet getting there is to hire a local taxi. Make sure to bring plenty of water as the upper pool is literally bubbling out of the ground. There’s a rich mineral clay you can scrape around the edges of the pool that serves as a natural exfoliant. You’ll feel both energized and relaxed after a visit and your body will thank you.
The Mexican pacific and specially the Troncones – Playa La Saladita Riviera is the perfect backdrop for starting or continuing your yoga practice. Private yoga instruction is available in Playa La Saladita through teacher Violeta Barajas. For group classes and regularly scheduled yoga workshops Yoga Del Pacifico and Casa Verde in Troncones are both excellent options.