TRIPS AND MORE
Take advantage of the most comfortable surf trip you can imagine aboard the ultimate surf vehicle. Surf empty perfection at more than a dozen world-class uncrowded surf spots around the pristine Bahia Banderas North Shore ending in Punta de Mita and extended surf explorations beyond.
Easy access by air from the East and West coast gateways. Los Angeles is only a short 2-1/2 hours flight away. A member of our crew will meet you at the airport on arrival and bring you to our home docks in Marina Nuevo Vallarta, for an immediate departure. According to the arrival schedule, those surfamigos arriving after 3:00 pm will be taken by road to Punta Mita to meet the rest of the group in time for an early evening surf session.
Enjoy a great day of surfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, whale watching in season or just cruising Banderas Bay in style aboard yacht Sylvester. A magnificent example of " Old World " craftsmanship. Designed by Philip Rhodes and built in Holland. She was custom designed and built to the construction standards that certify her to operate year round. Enjoy a great day of sailing comfortably relaxing on deck, cool ocean breezes, cruising and delicious meals prepared from scratch right before your eyes.
Surfing the North Shore of Banderas Bay ending in Punta de Mita you will be most pleasantly surprised to discover a whole new surfers "Paradise" full of natural beauty awaiting for you to enjoy wave riding to your heart's content Punta Mita is the most easily accessible surfers dream destination besides an amazing example of a secret society of the legendary closely guarded secret surfspots. An authentic "Paradise" kept in stealth for almost 40 years until the arrival of the 21st Century landed in the area. A global million dollar ad campaign announced with a bang the opening of Mexico's newest and most luxurious resort destination, managed by the world's leading operator of luxury hotels. The Four Seasons Resort Punta de Mita has fortunately enclosed the surfspots within exclusive gated communities. Access is restricted mainly by boat and the surf still remains uncrowded.
Amigosurfmexico surfing Banderas Bay and the Pacific Coast of mainland Mexico in style on board yacht Sylvester since 1996. You surf the same day you arrive. Delivered to the best surf available in the area on any given day. Our crew will take care of you and your surfamigos = meaning = surfingfriends from arrival to departure and every step of the way in between. We like to make sure you remain happy, healthy and riding good waves, while surfing Bahia de Banderas Puerto Vallarta and Punta de Mita Mexico throughout your trip. Enjoy riding consistent surfable waves in warm water year round even in Winter. The water temperature remains pleasantly above 73 degrees and all you need is a "Spring Suit".
Just surf, east and sleep without all the hard work and guessing that surf travel usually entails Delivered to the best surf available in the area on any given day.on board of our inflatable dinghy.All you have to do is wave your board when you are ready to be picked up, to conserve your energies for the following surf session.
. You will be surfing uncrowded waves in warm water even in Winter and we make sure you'll be surfing the same day you arrive. Less than 90 minutes after your plane lands in Puerto Vallarta International Airport, you and your quiver will be on board. Leisurely relaxing on Sylvester's huge walk around deck, enjoying cool ocean breezes, delicious meals and snacks in between refreshed by a cold "Cerveza". Each surfing charter is custom tailored to individual or group surfing talents, desires, and weather conditions. Amigosurfmexico South of Banderas Bay lies over 200 miles of empty coastline and surf spots, many of which are unnamed and inaccessible by land. The crowd you surf with is the friends you bring. Extended surfing charters to San Blas - Matanchen Bay, Nayarit in May and South of Bahia de Banderas to Manzanillo, Colima between June and October are subject to change according to weather conditions during the Summer Southern Hurricane swell season.
a video (Video is 2400KB takes a long time to open) Surf
Pro Chris Olivas filmed by passenger on July 20th, 2002 (You must have
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On any given day of swell
there are many spots to choose from, offering everything from long fun peeling
point breaks, to fast thick barreling grinders, to sizable or huge offshore reefs.
Most of these spots are either inaccessible by vehicle or require trespassing
and long walks trough private property. We also offer some of the best fishing,
diving, and wind surfing anywhere.. No limit on the
amount of equipment you bring.
swell directions break in this huge area, so it is consistent and reliable for
most of the year. Southern hemisphere, summer hurricane, and winter Aleutian swells
all fire here. Wind conditions are almost always favorable because we're able
to flow easily with changes. Although offshore winds are prominent year-round,
wind surfing is best in winter and spring. Summer is usually calm with afternoon
SPOTS WE SURF ON YACHT SYLVESTER
Imagine if I told you that you can fly to the best uncrowded surf in only
2-1/2 Hours. That you can go for a long week end or a week to get rid of your
stress. That you can be surfing 45 minutes after you land in an International
Airport that has direct flights from the main gateways to Mexico from the
East or West Coasts.
be hosted on board of a 44 Ft Motorsailer, every meal you will taste will be a
feast for your palate and you will be personally guided to the lineups by an expert
skipper that has been surfing these spots since 1969 and kept it available only
to a selected group of stoked surfers year after year.
our brief description of this coastline and the amazing variety
of surfspots each favoring different swells, conditions and tides altogether makes
this destination.unbelievable!!! Make a reservation now, grab your boards and
bag and come to .see for yourself this accessible paradise. We're sure you'll
be another repeat customer year after year! This is a surfing opportunity you
must experience first hand.
any given day of swell, there are over 20 (yes.twenty) spots to choose from, offering
everything from long fun peeling point breaks, to fast thick barreling grinders,
to sizable or huge offshore reefs . Most of these spots are either inaccessible
by vehicle or require trespassing on fenced off private property and long
walks to the beach.
= UNCROWDED SURF
solitary beaches set among a backdrop of lush green mountains and sparkling blue
green water. Inside the Bay of Banderas alone there is over 100 miles of coastline
and 15 miles of surf empty perfection. One tailored to your individual surfing
SYLVESTER SURF EXPEDITIONS
The ultimate surf
vehicle is a 44 ft. Steel Hull Philip Rhodes design Power Sailor
with all the modern amenities, the best food in town and absolutely "no mosquitoes".
Hard bottom inflatable with outboard, huge storage deck and & no limit on the amount
of equipment you want to bring. The crowd you surf with are the friends you bring.
OF THE BAY OF BANDERAS
There are over 200
miles of undeveloped virgin coastline and more unnamed surfspots, also inaccessible
by land. These extended surf trips are not available during hurricane season and
depend on whether conditions.
the "Mexican Riviera" in style:
Mellow waves, fast waves, point breaks, beach breaks. The best way to go is on board yacht
expertly guided surf charters provides easy access
to a12 mile span of pristine solitary beaches, featuring more
than 20 (yes.twenty!) Left and right point breaks,
reef and beach breaks. Of course you can also hire a Panga (23
ft. local fishing boat) at the "Fishermen Harbor" in the village of Corral del
Risco at Punta Mita.
have changed with the fast rise of Puerto Vallarta. Mexico's 2nd most popular
tourism destination. 50 years ago from a tiny fishing village in the neighboring
state of Jalisco, to an "International Tourist Destination" attracting over 500,000
visitors a year.
WINTER AND SUMMER:
Are the most consistent times with regular swells
in the 4-8ft range with an excellent direction for the left-hand
breaks N of Punta de Mita - San Pancho, Caleta and
Santa Cruz - however the prevailing winds blow these breaks out
early in the day.
W and NW Aleutian swells will wrap into the Bay of Banderas, providing the biggest
conditions when focused by subterranean canyons on to off-shore reefs. Most
of these huge breaks are secret spots surfed only aboard Sylvester.
Banderas Bay's Punta Mita, cleans-up
these swells with the Northerly offshore. Occasional W swells will add to the
fun waves, lighting up some special W swell breaks.
surf season will start after the transition month of March which is usually windier
than the rest of the year. South Pacific activity push-in long period swells from
SW to S directions. A real plus in the Summer months are the seasonal hurricane
swells that can come in any direction. In 1997 there was 27 hurricanes in a row!!!
winds & tides: Nayarit
receives consistent and reliable swells most of the year. Southern Hemisphere,
Summer Hurricane and Winter Aleutian Swells all fire here. Wind conditions are
almost always favorable and off shore winds are predominant year round. Northern
winds prevail in the Winter Season before progressively shifting to a W-NW direction
that will prevail all Summer. The tidal range hovers around 1 meter. There are
two tidal ranges in every 24 Hour period.
Located right under the Tropic of Cancer (Latitude 18º), Nayarit (around
Latitude 20º) is blessed with warm temperatures year-round and abundant rains
in the summer. Summer water temps is 85F.
All you need is trunks temperatures generally surpass 30°C or 90 F. under
the intense sunshine, fortunately the mountains generate cooler breezes at night,
making the heat more tolerable than further south. The tropical rainy season starting
June 15th and stretching at least unto October 15th brings in more rain and humidity.
Rainfalls are heaviest in August and September.
is just perfect weather for 6 months. Very enjoyable daytime temperatures around
27°C or 85 F. Nights get cooler, down to 15°C. mid 60´sF Ocean
water temperature is 72º. A spring suit is advisable. Kenna,
the last hurricane that hit the coast and landed in San Blas last year. Was just
one day difference and 74 years after the previous one. The ravages in October
2002, showed this stretch of coast is vulnerable despite having been spared for
so many years. Most hurricanes stay out at sea or track Northwest towards Baja
California or West towards Hawaii. With. In the winter as low as 72º F.
NAYARIT : The State
of Nayarit is located right in the middle of the coast on the Pacific Ocean, (Latitude
20º) of mainland Mexico, known as the "Mexican Riviera". A very tropical
and scenic area with lush tropical jungles, mangroves and deciduous forests lining
the coast such as Punta Mita. 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, forming Banderas Bay. Mostly undeveloped, the coastline
of Nayarit has attracted hardcore surfers since the early 60's.
SAN BLAS & MATANCHEN BAY:
A legendary spot for pioneer surfers. The chance of scoring an epic session at
the longest measured wave in the world, was worth suffering hell from the "jejenes"
(local mosquitoes that are a real nightmare) Stoner`s
Point is the classic point caught on a perfect day by Jeff Hackman
and Jock Sutherland in "Cosmic Children". Further in the Bay, Las
Islitas has been known as the longest wave in the world
--5,700 feet --as certified by the "Guiness Book of Records". Wraps around into
the famous Matanchen Bay. It's an
unforgettable ride, a mellow wall with occasional tubing sections and if you can
still feel you legs at the end, you can walk back to the point.
May religiously a huge swell shows-up from the Southern Hemisphere and this break
can be ridden from Stoner`s Point through Islitas and can surpass even the "Guiness
Book of Records". Can
be ridden on shortboards and longboards. Any board of choice. The lefts of Aticama's
point break are much more consistent and of excellent quality. Just as good Santa
Cruz is a left pointbreak peeling with rides over 200m. The point
needs some swell, check the river-mouth if it's small.
in The North Shore of Banderas Bay: Punta Mita
faces due South, with deep-water canyons focusing exceptional waves at off shore
reefs. Punta del Burro and Destiladeras Beach
among others, have the swells often times swing in with full Pacific power and
it is usual to enjoy 8-12 ft waves throughout the year. Winter
and Summer waves break up to 30 ft. at some of the secret spots.
Access only on board Sylvester
Punta de Mita
- Historically known as the "Mexican Malibu"
located on The North Shore of Banderas Bay. Punta
Mita begins with 3 quality breaks
including the long workable rights at El Faro.
Epic waves that on occasion connect with El Anclote
beach, can provide incredibly long half mile rides.
town of Corral del Risco at Punta Mita
is a great hub, to access the breaks. Since the point was purchased by a private
group, who built the Four Seasons Resort, access by land is restricted by a luxurious
gated community thoroughly patrolled by armed guards and the best way to access
the surfspots in the North Shore of Banderas Bay is by boat.
swell directions break in this huge area:
Wrapping into Bahia de Banderas, Mexico's largest and most beautiful bay. Featuring
more than 100 miles of beaches and 12 miles of empty surf breaks in the North
Shore ending in Punta Mita. As
the swell wraps, the points from West to East, North or South, the breaks produce
clean consistent waves. This set-up favors rights at La
Lancha, Punta Burro's, Swimming Pools and Destiladeras,
some well know worthy spots among others. Puerto Vallarta is too deep in the Bay
to receive much swell, except on big sells when the beaches at El
Tizate and Holiday Inn
in the Hotel Zone, pump good waves. The beach break on the river mouth south of
town is also worth checking. Once you reach Boca de Tomatlan, in the South shore,
a Panga Water Taxi can take you to Quimixto,
which is a Winter & Spring point break.
Marietas: Located 5
miles away from Punta Mita where
surf breaks very seldom and if it's good there.it's great in other spots. Snorkelling,
Scuba Diving and Whale Watching in season are terrific.
Sayulita & San Pancho:
The surf is exceptional only in August and September when the river mouths open
and sandbars are present. Surf in the area is usually half the size than in the
southern Mexican states of Oaxaca, Michoacan and Colima. The swells here don't
come in with full direct Pacific power as they are positioned much less directly.
to Sayulita: Best reached
on board Sylvester. Finding the
way to the lefts of Caleta or Lolas
is usually rewarding. You can get to Ostiones
by land if you don't mind the mile long walk and crossing an estuary. The clean
lefts are worth checking on a very big swell. You're not in California, but after
Santa Cruz comes San
Francisco or "San Pancho" as the locals call it.
to Costa Azul Adventure Resort, sits a left hand reef beach that can hold some
size and gets hollow around low tide. Sayulita
has a good wave reputation that has lead the place to turn into a "little" surf
city. The reefs are mellow and ideally suit beginners and very mellow longboarders
who don`t mind the crowds.
there: Most travellers
can get an $18 tourist card at the airport before departure or at the border.
Over 450 flights a week serve (PVR) Gustavo Diaz
Ordaz International Airport in Puerto
Vallarta. To fly there from the United States especially from
the East Coast, we recommend you to check rates with Aeromexico or Mexicana Airlines
via Mexico City ($320). Also check both Airlines, for flights connecting through
Mexico City from US gateways, that often times offer significant savings over
the rates of most North American carriers that offer direct or connecting flights
from the USA. Besides, there is only one charge of $90.00 Dollars per board bag
instead of charging for each board separately. From Mexico City you can also ride
the 13 hrs bus ($80). It's a challenging 2-3 days drive from the USA.
& Culture: Sayulita,
San Pancho and Punta Mita are very typical coastal laid-back towns. San Blas is
Nayarit's coastal "Colonial Town". Take a look at the Spanish Fort or try a jungle
river boating tour to La Tovara Springs. Check out remote beaches, snorkel or
diving around Islas Marietas white
sandy beaches. There is fun to be enjoyed nightly in Puerto Vallarta, walking
along the Malecón downtown area. Dozens of restaurants, bars and nightclubs
will provide entertainment for the young and young at heart crowd all night long.
if you want to surf, we recommend you save up your energy and leave a day on the
town for the end of your trip.
& Hassles: Unlike
other Mexican breaks of bone-crushing fame, the medium sized, the mellow waves
of Sayulita and San Pancho are more
adapted to intermediate or beginner level surfers. Punta
Mita offers surf suitable for beginners and challenging waves
for advanced surfers alike on the right swells at the right tide if you know the
right breaks to go to. Enjoy privileged access to surf without all the hard work,
on Sylvester surf charters. San
Blas surroundings are a nightmare infested with Jejenes (tiny
sand gnats) and mosquitoes that come out at night and provoke intense itching.
Hurricane Kenna ravaged the area in October 2002. Fortunately federal government
funds have been provided for rebuilding the area.
hints: Crowd levels
are low on the spots requiring boat access.
quiver: Longboards - one for small waves one for medium to big
waves. Pulled in at the nose because of off shore winds, with a faster tail outline.
Shortboards- An egg or fun shaped
for small days. Something with a little more flotation for paddling into big waves.
Equipment and rentals are available at Coral Reef
Surf Shop in Bucerias or Acción
Tropical Surf Shop in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Time
difference: Starting at the (Jalisco State) line. Puerto Vallarta
is one hour (ahead) later than Punta Mita, Sayulita and San Pancho.
AROUND: Sayulita and
San Francisco are within 1:30 h
drive N of Puerto Vallarta on Highway 200. Ride the bus ($4) or Rent a car in
PV ($65/d). Regular local buses
cover the whole Bahia de Banderas area and accept
North shore of
Banderas Bay: Some spots are accessible through the Villa Vera
Beach Club at Destiladeras beach.
The breaks in Punta de Mita require
surfing by a boat or renting a "Panga" (local 23 ft. fishing boat) from the town
of Corral del Risco, located at the end of the highway that goes to Punta
Mita, located 45 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta International
& food: Resorts
are plentiful from San Blast to Puerto Vallarta. One of the best places for beginners,
families and young surfers we highly recommend in Banderas Bay is Viva
Vallarta Resort facing Punta del
Burro. A "World Class" surf spot that breaks all year. In Sayulita
try Bungalows Las Gaviotas ($25/dble) or Las Olas all women surf camp ($2000/week
all included). A $18 dinner lets you sample Sopa de Ostion (Oyster Soup), Pescado
Sarandeado (BBQ Fish ) or Frijoles Puercos (Pork & Beans).
Mita offers accommodations
to fit every budget. Make reservations for
a "Surf & Turf Package" on Sylvester
a "Family Package" at Palladium
Vallarta Resort or reserve accommodations on land at Punta
Year round destination
Top longboard and shortboard spots
and beach breaks
Live aboard surf charters
Apartments and Condominiums
of the safest areas to travel in Mexico
Consistent spots with surfable waves
year round breaking consistently
"Mexican Juicy Waves" can be found in the
Winter and Summer months if you hire an expert surf guide that knows where to
find the surf and knows when & where to look.
detailed description of the Surf Spots. Password subject to trip confirmation