Troncones is a rural surfing village on the Mexico Pacific Coast that has escaped tourist development. Troncones is considered by many to be the top surfing location in Mexico due its variety of surf including Point Breaks, Sandbar Breaks and Beach Breaks all in close proximity to each other.
Add to your Surf experience in Troncones with daily yoga, superb local cuisine, horseback riding, hiking and fishing.
Villa Las Rubias – In the heart of Mexico’s best Surf
There are essentially 2 distinct swell seasons. From April-October southern hemisphere swells and hurricanes provide the biggest swells of the year. 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.
As you can see in the graphic, there is a swell 96% of the time in the winter and and 100% of the time in the Spring. One can expect 2-4ft, well formed waves all winter and 4-6 ft swells all spring. The swell can vary depending on the break and direction of the swell but consistency and multiple locations is what makes Troncones Surf special!
World Class Surf Breaks Minutes from Villa Las Rubias
Located just up from La Union, the Ranch’s main attraction is the left point break 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.
The bottom is mostly loose cobblestone but can be sharp with marine invertebrates. Booties aren’t a bad idea.
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.
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. 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.
Take Mex 200 north to Los Llanos. Exit left and follow signs to the beach. (About 30 minutes)
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.
Head up the Troncones beach road toward Majahua. You’ll see the Inn at Manzanillo Bay (closest to the break)/ Public Access is about 1/4 mile beyond.
South of Troncones and into Ixtapa is Playa Linda, a rivermouth beach break 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.
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.
The surf spot is an outstanding long tubing left point break at the river mouth, with rides up to 200 yards when the sections connect. When the surf doesn’t connect Nexpa has about 5 peaks. There is also a good beach break south of the
river mouth. Rio Nexpa gets its largest swells in the summer, some times huge, June – September, but surf can be expected year round.
Rio Nexpa is a classic left-hand point break, but there is opportunity for breaks on the right swell. We caught a perfect A-Frame on the south side of the point, just perfect. heard stories of this place peeling so long you have to take a car back to the line-up. Worth the trip.
To Get to Rio Nexpa take route 200 N to Lazaro Cardenas
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.)
Current Pro Matt McCabe frequently escapes to Troncones in the summer. Check out this video of Matt’s most recent trip to Troncones.
Corky Carroll is considered the first pro surfer and he calls Troncones home. “The most famous, complete & total surfer ever” – Surfer Magazine.
Leon Perez A National Masters Surf Champion of Mexico. “Called El Tigre, he dated models and TV stars, often didn’t sleep and, when the sun came up, grabbed his board and went surfing” – Outside Magazine
Villa Las Rubias is located at the heart of this surf mecca.
At Villa Las Rubias, we believe a vacation should rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Refresh your spirit doing what you love, learning something new or simply relaxing. Villa Las Rubias is the ideal setting for an authentic surf retreat on Troncones Beach. The Villa offers Surfer Chic indoor/outdoor luxury accommodations, steps from the beach and the saltwater infinity pool. With 3 private bedrooms with air conditioning, 2 baths and a private kitchen, the Villa is ideal for your surfing getaway, family surf vacation, or Surf/Yoga retreat.
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