Mal Pais Surf Breaks
Mal Pais – Sunset Reef: Slavy, expert only, left handed reef break. The wave jacks up as it hits the reef and gets very hollow for some amazing and unforgettable tube rides! The spot is very dangerous as the wave breaks over 2 ft of water over sharp reef.
Mal Pais – Mar Azul: sheltered rocky left handed pointbreak, wave breaks mushy into Mar Azul’s bay. the bottom is rocky which incurs some risk, however it is very popular among beginner and intermediate surfers when the waves get bigger elsewhere.
Cabuya – Lajas: Really long righthanded pointbreak. The waves rolls over a half rounded gravel bed at river lajas mouth. the bottom is rocky which incurs some risk, however it is very popular among beginner and intermediate surfers when the waves get bigger elsewhere. On strong South swells the wave can reach overhead plus size and roll for 300 yards and more. However when it breaks it’s usually on the shoulder high range and a bit mushy, ideal for longboarding.
Playa Carmen – Pizzeria/Luz de Vida: Playa Carmen has mostly sand bottom with some scattered rocks not very visible with the high tide. The bottom gets deeper very gradually with a very gentle slope what makes the wave usually very open, slow breaking and long. There are several peaks between the pizzeria and luz de vida, however since this is the busiest part of town, it gets crowded very easily.
Santa Teresa Surf Breaks
Santa Teresa South – Brunela’s/La Lora: This sand bottom beach break holds some of the most consistent breaks of the region. Because of this reason all the peaks in this area are always busy. For as much as there’s sunlight, there’s someone surfing on this area. The wave is usually mushier with the high tide and steep and hollow as the tide dries out. Very good spot to get barreled and to use the several steep walls to launch into the air.
Santa Teresa North – Blue Surf Sanctuary beach break: This area is almost as consistent as the South part of the beach. Sometimes the waves are even better than down south. However very few people live on this more exclusive part of town what keeps the crowds at the South end and the all sand bottom beach break upfront Blue Surf Sanctuary is often full of empty peaks. The wave is usually mushier with the high tide and steep and hollow as the tide dries out. Very good spot to get barreled and to use the several steep walls to launch into the air.
Santa Teresa North – Blue Surf Sanctuary inside beach break: The inside at the beachbreak upfront Blue Surf Sanctuary has a flat sand bottom that provides perfect conditions for beginners to catch long mellow and safe waves all the way to the shore. The best time for this conditions is with the mid tide, when the water depth is at waist level which allows easy handling of the board and enough depth to safely stop the many first wipeouts! This is one of the most uncrowded spots for beginners in the whole area.
Santa Teresa North – Blue Surf Sanctuary Suck Rock: Expert only righthanded pointbreak that jacks over a flat rock where you can get super deep barreled. The wave is longer and mushier on the low tide as it moves further out and away from the rock pile. The high tide brings the wave over the rock and the barrel starts getting deeper and deeper. Needs overhead + swell to start working properly and will hold it as big as it gets.
Playa Hermosa – Inside break: The flat sand bottom at Playa Hermosa inside break goes gradually getting deeper for a very long distance, providing excellent conditions for beginners to catch long mellow and safe waves all the way to the shore. These waves usually break longer than upfront Blue Surf Sanctuary and the tide window to surf here is wider, However, because of these reason, people come from all around the area to learn on this beach and it is often very crowded.