Xinalani Retreat

Mexico: Nayarit

Stay in an exclusive retreat with out of this world facilities, staff and activities. Soak up the views and the ambience at this beach side resort.

LowPressure Stormrider Surf Guide says

Located in western Mexico on the Pacific Ocean, the State of Nayarit is an extremely scenic area, with lush tropical jungles, mangroves and deciduous forests lining the coast. To the east and south lie high volcanic mountains, from which several rivers flow to the ocean, cutting the landscape into valleys and deep gorges along the way. Mostly undeveloped, the coastline of Nayarit has attracted hardcore surfers since the late ‘60s. For those pioneers, the chance of scoring an epic session at San Blas´ Matanchen Bay, known as being the longest right in the world, was worth the suffering inflicted by the “jejenes” (local sand flies) & mosquitoes. But things have changed with the fast rise of Puerto Vallarta, once a tiny fishing village in the neighbouring state of Jalisco, now attracting 500,000 tourists each year.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide’s website.

Surfing and Surf Lessons: ride the waves in warm and beautiful waters

Surf Lessons

You can surf nice waves during the fall and winter (November to March). The surf point is located 2 min away walking out of Xinalani, on your left hand side when facing the ocean, beyond that big human profile rock. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer, you will enjoy this beautiful sand break producing small to medium sized waves, breaking leftwards.

Beginner

Be cautious, and ask the locals for help in case of doubt as there are a few rocks on the right hand side of the spot, when facing the beach from the water. They are not too dangerous because they are not in your way if you follow the wave. If you are a complete beginner, make sure you take a lesson as you’ll be better off under the guidance of a pro. If you fall off your board in the rocky bottom area, make sure you do not step on the rocks, but swim back to your board. It may make you feel safer and more comfortable to wear surf booties or water shoes so as to avoid any risk of cut feet.

Our Lessons Are...

Very personalized and detail-oriented experiences. Once on the beach, the instructor will start with a quick stretch targeting the areas of the body you will use during the lesson. After going over ocean conditions for the day, you will get a sand practice of basic paddle and stand-up techniques that will prove useful once in the water to increase your wave catching and cultivate a hunger for surfing. You will also learn valuable tips on how to conserve energy and improve stamina. After the lesson, the instructor will analyze how you did and share with you a few dos and don’ts to help you next time you’re out surfing.

We have the following board inventory immediately available on property:

3 short boards for intermediate and advanced surfers
• one 6. 1 feet short board
• one 6. 2 feet short board
• one 6. 6 feet short board

4 long boards
• two 9.2 feet long boards
• two 8.4 feet long boards that can also be used as paddle board

A private english speaking surf instructor is available upon request, he’s an external purveyor, so we need to book him ahead of time.

What’s the spot like?

It’s immediately accessible from Xinalani, you just have to walk out of your room, down to the beach, paddle out, and you’re on the point. The wave is a left breaker, pretty mellow, not too fast, not too slow, it’s great surf. On an average day, you will get 4-7 ft waves. On a very good day you can get some pretty serious over head surf. Even on a bad day, there is enough swell to surf, beginners and intermediate surfers enjoy themselves a lot here. The beach is wide and sandy with palm trees. To get frequently updated surf reports and swell statistics, please visit www.buoyweather.com, surf-forecast.com any other qualified swell forecast website.

Rocky or sandy bottom?

There are a few rocks on the right hand side of the spot, when facing the beach from the point. Definitely not too dangerous though, because they are not in your way if you follow the wave. If you are a complete beginner, and fall off your board in the area with a rocky bottom, make sure you do not step on the bottom, but swim back to your board. It may make you feel safer and more comfortable to wear surf booties or water shoes so you avoid any risk of feet cut.
Must be crowded?

Surprinsingly not. Perhaps because it’s only accessible by boat. There’s been an international surf contest that locals ran two years in a row, but they don’t anymore. Week-ends (Saturdays and Sundays) are a little busier with up to 10-15 people on the water, depending on the forecast, mostly guys coming from old town PV (Puerto Vallarta). On a typical week day, there’s 2-5 people on the water. The atmosphere is very laid back, no localism, nor territorial BS. You get to hang out with a lot of local kids from Quimixto who run to the beach with their boards under their arm right after the elementary school bell rings.

Mac and Randy, two gringos that have surfed Quimixto for more than 20 years are always there. Mac’s from Santa Cruz, CA but he’s lived in Mexico his whole life. Randy works in the fire department in Lake Tahoe. They both have a lot of free time to enjoy the good life. They rent a house right on the beach, and always have great beach music on. Mac will tell you about epic double over head days at Quimixto with a sparkle in his eye, and he will show you where to wait for your wave, where you’re sure to be right on the point. He’s done a great job educating local kids with solid surfer values such as taking turns, respecting one another, and taking care of the environment.

Any board rentals and surf instructors available?

We have the following board inventory immediately available on property:

3 short boards for intermediate and advanced surfers
• one 6. 1 feet short board
• one 6. 2 feet short board
• one 6. 6 feet short board

4 long boards
• two 9.2 feet long boards
• two 8.4 feet long boards that can also be used as paddle board

To guarantee the best surf experience, we recommend you bring your own board. A private english speaking surf instructor is available upon request, he’s an external purveyor, so you need to book him ahead of time. Should you require a specific board size or shape, please email us at reservations@xinalaniretreat.com at least two weeks before arrival so we have time to look for it with our usual providers.

Why does it work in the winter but not in the summer?

That’s the typical conversation most surfers have while standing on the beach after an epic session.

During the winter, most storms and weather phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean are located in the northern hemisphere, but during the summer, it’s the other way around, all storms take place in the southern hemisphere of the planet. Big storms mean strong winds, that generate movement on the water. The swell travels fast, and if it does not meet an obstacle, it will hit the shore a few days after the storm. So it’s easy to forecast surf conditions.

When facing north from Xinalani beach, there is no geographical obstacle to let the swells enter the bay in that direction. Punta Mita, the northern point of the bay could be an obstacle, but Quimixto is a little bit west of the northern axis that intersects with Punta Mita. However, Xinalani is protected from south swells by Banderas Bay south point: Cabo Corrientes. So, no surf after March, but there’s still plenty of yoga and other things to do. See our Activity list.