If you are looking for a long world class left-hand breaking wave that peels right off the point and seemingly never ends then Welcome to Playa La Saladita, (Saladita Beach) Mexico.
Home to some of the best longboarding waves on the Pacific Coast, Playa La Saladita does not disappoint. Whether you are new to surfing and want to learn on a friendly accessible wave or you’re a world traveling, nose riding, single fin logger, Playa La Saladita has something for you.
Located along the Costa Grande, a section of coast in the state of Guerrero stretching over 200 miles, from the border of Michoacan to the city of Acapulco.
How To Get Here. Playa La Saladita is most easily accessed from the international airport of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Airport Code ZIH. International flights from LA and Houston are typically available year round as well as regular national flights from Mexico City. Travelers will find both car rental agencies and secure taxi service from the airport to Playa La Saladita. A short 45 minute ride north of the airport is the town of Los Llanos, the entrance to Playa La Saladita.
Food Shopping. We recommend stopping for groceries at the Mega Soriana supermarket in Zihuatanejo where you will find a wide variety of options. Fruits, vegetables and basic shopping needs can be filled in the town of Los Llanos and pueblo of La Saladita, both within a short distance from the beach.
ATMs. The best place to change money or use your ATM card is at the airport or the Mega Soriana supermarket as there is limited ATM service near to Playa La Saladita. There is one ATM machine in the back of Lalo’s convenient store next to the basketball court in the town of Los Llanos. However, the ATM there is often not working or does not have appropriate funds.
Restaurants and WiFi. While Playa La Saladita is still considered mostly undeveloped and rustic we do have some tasty local food options to choose from. You will find that Playa La Saladita to be rustic and charming. We have a handful of beachfront “enramadas” where you can order up an ice cold cerveza or tasty margarita to watch the sun go down. Fresh fish and shrimp tacos, grilled whole fish and huevos rancheros are just a few of the many delicious dishes the beachfront restaurants have to offer. The main restaurants in Playa La Saladita are Lourdes Bar and Grill, Mareta which offers FREE high speed WiFi, fresh food and a full service bar right in front of the point break. Live music and brick oven pizza nights is during high season (December-April). A bit further down the beach is Benito’s where the kitchen serves delicious fresh dishes and ice cold cervezas. Paco’s and Illianet’s are a bit further down and also right on the beach.
Board Rental and Surf Lessons. If you would rather not incur the hassle of traveling with boards, there are plenty of board rental options here in Playa La Saladita. If you are a beginner surfer wanting to take surf lessons with a local instructor, there are several surf coaches on the beach that we recommend. All surf lessons include board rental.
Non-Surf Activities. Not a surfer? No problem! There is still plenty of fun to be had even if you’re not super keen on getting out in the waves. Bike rentals can be arranged to explore the backroads and wind through the small local pueblos to check out the sites and tastes of Guerrero. Guided fishing, kayaking, horse-back riding, bird-watching, hot-springs and hiking trips can also be had through a local guiding company based in the area. There’s something for everyone here at Playa La Saladita!