By Verónica Toro
The Pacific Ocean is recognized as an excellent place to practice one of beach enthusiasts’ most loved activities: surfing. The climates of Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are more than ideal- their water temperatures never drop below 23° C or 73° F, and remain constant throughout most of the year.
There are certain areas preferred by surfers, due to their locations, the direction, speed and force of the waves, their distinct panoramas, and their comfort and cleanliness. These surf spots include Punta de Burros, El Anclote, La Lancha and Sayulita.
The favorite is Burros beach located in Punta de Mita, Nayarit, where the waves break on reefs of rock to the left. From the moment surfers and swimmers arrive, they are guided by a small path that takes them to the soft sea sands.
El Anclote has fast waves to the right, perfect for beginners in spite of their speed, and the tide is normally low. In the winter months, the water looks more turquoise than in other seasons, and pelicans gather near, making the environment even more colorful. Sea birds also make an appearance at La Lancha; during the winter they provide a unique and natural show. The waves break to the right, the water is shallow and the tide is low.
Finally, Sayulita is located on Banderas Bay just south of Nayarit. It is a place where year after year, increasing numbers of tourists arrive from all over the world. On this beach surfers can find many different types of surf. It is a safe place for swimming as well, as the waters are shallow and have a soft, sandy bottom.
On all beaches in the area you will find shops of all kinds. There are also many other activities to take part in, such as fishing and of course, the incomparable nightlife of Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit.