Surf Troncones — The deluxe comfort Mexico surf trip

Who says a Mexico surf trip has to mean roughing it? Why not try a deluxe comfort Troncones surf trip—one that will make your significant other happy, too?

Come surf Troncones in style! Watch the waves from your beautiful beachfront sofa. Come home to mellow elegance after a long morning on the waves. Get a massage on your private patio after a day of paddling. Enjoy our full kitchen and spacious living areas as you sample fresh delivered seafood and plan your next surf outing. Take in a nearby yoga class to stretch out before or after hitting the waves.

Surfing Troncones, you get the best of both worlds—serious surf and serious comfort, at a not-so-serious price. (Check out our wicked low Surf Season rates — from US $110/night and $700/week!)

Troncones is blessed with year round surf, but the waves get bigger in summer. And Troncones surf spots abound, from local Troncones beach and point breaks to more famous nearby breaks like La Saladita and the Ranch. Offering many more comforts — like empty beaches, in-house internet, stores, restaurants, yoga, massage, etc — than other local surf spots, Troncones is the perfect base for a surfing safari. See below for a roundup of surf breaks in the Troncones area.

Troncones’ big surf season shines from April to the beginning of November. Beginning towards the end of the dry season, and moving through the first rains (usually at night), through the spectacular greening (where everything explodes into lush foliage, seemingly overnight), and into the vibrant, gorgeous rainy season—Troncones surf is up and Nature is at its most lavish.

At Casa Oasis, you can watch tropical birds frolic, see dolphins and whales, iguanas and fireflies, even an armadillo or two and the occasional coatimundi—all from the comfort of your covered, open air patio. Listen to the peaceful summer soundtrack of birds, frogs and waves. Venture outside and witness more stars than you’ve probably ever seen. The full moon on the summer surf on our deserted beach is truly a spectacular sight. Summer’s also a great time to enjoy awe-inspiring tropical storms and lightning displays from the safety of your open air living room. (It mostly rains at night.)

Since we built as close to the ocean as possible, the Casa Oasis Main flat is always breezy, and you can keep track of the swell while relaxing on the sofa. The new Treehouse unit is not right on the beach, but due to its height and open construction, it offers amazing breezes and views (at a very low price).

When conditions are right, there’s even an advanced break right in front of the house. Jump out of bed and onto your board!

Troncones Surf Report

Surfing Troncones — General Information

Courtesy of Mike Linn, local surf expert and owner of ISA Mexico, provider of Troncones surf camp and Troncones surf excursions. They also rent boards and bikes, with free delivery to us at Casa Oasis.

There are essentially 2 distinct swell seasons. From April-October southern hemisphere swells and hurricanes provide the biggest swells of the year. Conditions can get pretty messy if a tropical storm gets too close to shore. November-March the waves drop considerably but stay in the waist- to chest-high range with excellent shape, and are accompanied by the best weather of the year.

Troncones water temperatures are pleasant year round, averaging 79°F (26°C). The tidal range is only about 2ft (0.6m).

Great Waves from North to South

A general guide to the most popular waves in our area, from the northern area of Petacalco Bay south toward Zihuatanejo. Not every wave is mentioned, just the best and most consistent. But if you do some homework and look around a bit you should be able to find some hidden gems.

The Ranch

Located just up from La Union, the Ranch’s main attraction is the left pointbreak directly in front of the Los Amigos restaurant. Breaks best on south and southwest swells and is best on a low tide. Can hold shape up to double overhead.

Some surfers compare the Ranch to Trestles in San Diego, CA. Bring a longboard and a short board if you can swing it, since the face changes pitch with the tide and the crowd changes by the week.

The bottom is mostly loose cobblestone but can be sharp with marine invertebrates. Booties aren’t a bad idea.

Get to the Ranch: Take Mex 200 north past La Union, cross the bridge and exit toward “El Chico local traffic only.” Before El Chico, turn left on “Juan Maciel.” Follow the road up and over the highway into the town of Roble. At the end of Roble, there’s a fork in the road. Go left and follow the road all the way to the beach. Take the road all the way to Los Amigos and you’re there. (About an hour)

Be sure to try the restaurant—everything is good but the camaronillas (fried shrimp and cheese in batter pocket) and huevos rancheros are second to none.

La Saladita

Sweet, slow-breaking left-hand point break near the town of Los Llanos. Has been nicknamed “the wave machine: and Ubilam (cuz it’s like a reverse Malibu). Best on south and southwest swells at low tide. Begins to lose shape at head and a half.

Longboarders dominate the break enjoying long mellow rides from the top of the point all the way to the beach, sometimes over a minute long. But with long rides comes a long paddle, so be prepared.

The bottom is a mix of rock, loose stones, and sand depending on where you are. Booties aren’t a terrible idea, but most don’t wear them.

Get to La Saladita: Take Mex 200 north to Los Llanos. Exit left and follow signs to the beach. (About 30 minutes)

Manzanillo Bay

Manzanillo Bay in Troncones is a rock/reef point with a steep drop that empties into a deepwater cove. Breaks best on southwest and west swells.

On the best days, Manzanillo offers a steep drop, fast wall over a shallow reef with maybe even a barrel before dying down in the channel. Needs a significant swell with good direction to really perform. Because of the deep water and reef bottom set up, Manzanillo can maintain shape well into double overhead plus while other spots are just closing out.

There’s a public access between Casa Las Tejas and Casa Manzanillo (after the big hill, take the left turn off the beach road towards Troncones Point Hostel), but if you play your cards right, one of the many boutique hotels on the beach may provide access if you make an effort to view their properties or eat at their restaurants.

Get to Manzanillo: Head up the Troncones beach road toward Majahua. You’ll see the Inn at Manzanillo Bay (closest to the break), Hacienda Eden (nicest) and Tronco Bay Inn (least expensive), which provide access to customers. Or, drive a bit further for the free beach access. (about ten minutes from Troncones town)

Troncones Beach breaks

surfing the Troncones beach break

Local board shaper Bruce surfs Troncones beach

 Between the village of Troncones to Manzanillo, there’s a 5 km (3 mile) stretch of crowd-free beach marked with rocky outcrops that encourage sandbars. These bars create consistent peaks when the conditions are right. These breaks happen on all swell directions and tides, for short, punchy rides over sand. Watch out for rocks. (Not for beginners) There are several bars up and down the beach so keep your eyes peeled for the bar of the week, or get the scoop from Bruce Grimes, local board shaper and beach break master. (His shop is on the land side of the beach road, just north of the bridge.)

Getting to the Troncones beach breaks: Set up camp at any palapa restaurant on the beach, or use the beach access by Mi Casa Su Casa (the break is in front of the bridge), or next door to Casas Gregorio.

If you’re lucky enough (and smart enough) to be staying at Casa Oasis, you can walk to two or three beach breaks, including the sporadic wave right in front of the house (which you can conveniently see from the couch).

Troncones’ beach breaks also act as a great indicator for the point breaks in the area. If it’s head high or more, then the points are good. Smaller than shoulder high on the sets, then just stay in Troncones. And if there aren’t any waves on the beach break, then there just isn’t surf.

Playa Linda

South of Troncones and into Ixtapa is Playa Linda, a rivermouth beachbreak that can produce long lefts breaking toward the lagoon. Nice little wave to incorporate with a run to the ATM machine or a shopping trip to Zihuatanejo. Breaks on all swells but best with a little west in it.

To get to Playa Linda from Troncones, take Mex 200 south toward Zihuatanejo. Follow the signs into Ixtapa then toward Playa Linda. Park at the RV campground and walk toward the estuary.

Friendly Troncones Surf Travel Advice

Most of this is common sense, but it bears repeating:

First, avoid driving on the highways at night, and don’t leave valuables in your car or on the beach while you’re out surfing. Second, be courteous to fellow surfers, both local and tourist. Most everyone is pretty laid back, but nobody likes a wave hog or someone with a bad attitude. Remember that lot of guys only have one board and it’s often a short board so keep that in mind if you’re riding a longboard.

If you’re new to surfing or just learning, try to find a less crowded wave or wait until the crowd thins a bit before you paddle out. It’s ok to be a beginner, but you don’t want to be a speed bump. If you’ve never surfed before, take a lesson from a good instructor who can show you the basics to help keep you safe and improve your chances of a fun, successful, and safe surfing experience.

And finally, have a great time. Get out and explore, meet new people, get good waves, and go home with great memories of your Mexico surf trip. We’ll see you when you come back for more.

Mike Linn,
ISA Surf Instructor
Troncones Beach, Mexico
email Mike at: surf(at) (Tell him we sent you!)

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