The Inn Manzanillo Bay
Comfortable beach bungalows offered with a smooth left-hander in front, swimming pool, easy access to the airport and surfboard demo centre on site
The New York Times
On Mexico's Coast, a Surfer's Secret
By Julia Chaplin December 10, 2006
As any surfer knows, there’s nothing worse than trekking to some Endless Summer beach town, driving down a bumpy road and then paddling out at daybreak only to find 30 pumped surfers clawing and fighting for the same wave. This won’t happen in Troncones, a small fishing village about 20 miles north of Zihuatanejo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. For now, at least, it’s still an undeveloped surfer’s paradise.
Hammocks and shady palms adorn most yards, chickens wander the dirt roads, and the night life is pretty much limited to two local hangouts: the Inn at Manzanillo Bay and El Burro Borracho. That may explain the recent sightings of such chilled-out surfers as Stacy Peralta, director of “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” and the fashion designer Maia Norman, who owns a winter home nearby with her partner, the artist Damien Hirst.
There’s a bounty of breaks to choose from, so there are rarely more than a few surfers in a lineup. “Other spots like Puerto Escondido have major local attitude,” said Randall Brook, the manager at the Inn at Manzanillo Bay, which claims the town’s only surf shop. “But here no one is taking ownership of the wave, and people are actually nice.”
The surf might have something to do with that. Breaks in Troncones tend to be on the mellower side and more suited to long boarders, although swells can build to 15-foot kahunas during the peak surf season from May to November.
Lonely Planet Guide to Mexico
By Danny Palmerlee, 2006
Places to Eat
Inn at Manzanillo Bay has an excellent restaurant. It’s tough choosing between smoked barbecued pork ribs, Oaxcan-style chicken mole, aloha duck and chef and owner Mike’s signature Thai-style shrimp tacos with soy dipping sauce. Out on the sand with views of the surf break, the Inn’s Beach Bar & Grill is great for grilled specialties, ‘boat drinks’ and some truly spectacular sunsets.
Most people bouncing around the vicinity of Troncones are either looking for waves or riding them. With more than a dozen breaks within 20km, short boarders, long boarders, rookies and rippers will all find something to ride. As usual it’s best to get out before the breeze picks up (usually around 11:00am), or around sunset when it gets glassy again. The Waves are biggest May to October.
Troncones itself has several world-class breaks here and can be excellent in summer, but the wave to chase is the left at Troncones Point. When it’s small, the take off is right over the rocks, but when it’s big, it’s beautiful, beefy and rolls halfway across the bay. The best place for surfboard rentals is Mike Bensal’s surf shop at the Inn at Manzanillo Bay.
Mike has an excellent selection of short-boards and long-boards as well as two wave kayaks and boogie boards.
Places to Stay
Inn at Manzanillo Bay boast a prime location facing the surf break at Troncones Point, so surfers can literally check the waves from bed – or from the gorgeous pool, or the gourmet restaurant, or the beach bar and grill, or... The Inn is relaxed and thoughtfully designed, and it’s eight bungalows appeal to everyone from surfers to honeymooners. Amenities include internet access and copy service, a surf shop, satellite TV at the Bar, and one of the best swimming pools around.
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Though only about 50 miles from the larger resort communities of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, its rural setting, jungle backdrop, and eco-vibe make Troncones feel a world away. The town is a haven for surfers, who are lured by the miles of waves and white- and golden-sand beaches.
The resort food at Manzanillo Bay's garden-patio restaurant might seem a bit much for surfers (golden malted waffles with fresh fruit and cream, anyone?), but that doesn't seem to deter them. Of course, the nice surf break directly in front of the restaurant doesn't hurt.
7 Secret Hideaways: Inn at Manzanillo Bay, Mexico
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Far from touristy Ixtapa, the Inn at Manzanillo Bay draws both mellow sunseekers and surfers eager to test the challenging waves of Mexico's Pacific coast. The eight thatched-roof bungalows and two deluxe suites with marble floors and private patios are part of a complex run by American Michael Bensal, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy who cooks up Baja-style fish tacos and chiles rellenos in the hotel's casual restaurant. There's a decidedly laid-back vibe: Guests laze on the beach with frozen margaritas made with the inn's boutique house tequila, or relax in the pool surrounded by coconut palms and bougainvilleas. Surfers will catch the biggest swell from May through October, although the inn's private point break throws consistent waves throughout much of the year. Want to learn how to surf? Bensal will set you up with a local instructor for private lessons on a nearby sandy beach break, ideal for beginners.