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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Arenas Blancas

Mexico, Michoacan

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 Access

Take the coast road, going North from Lazaro Cardenas (or from Nexpa). It's about another 10 minutes north of Huahua. After coming around some very sharp turns the road opens up and you can see the entire town and the beach down and off to your left. If you get to the tiny fishing village called Pichalinguillo (where the bus drivers like to stop to eat lunch) then you are just barely past it (get off the bus and simply walk back a few minutes). You can see the ocean from the road. The road goes right thru the middle of the very small town, and there's 2 bridges where a very small river flows out into the ocean under the south bridge.

English (Translate this text in English): Take the coast road, going North from Lazaro Cardenas (or from Nexpa). It's about another 10 minutes north of Huahua. After coming around some very sharp turns the road opens up and you can see the entire town and the beach down and off to your left. If you get to the tiny fishing village called Pichalinguillo (where the bus drivers like to stop to eat lunch) then you are just barely past it (get off the bus and simply walk back a few minutes). You can see the ocean from the road. The road goes right thru the middle of the very small town, and there's 2 bridges where a very small river flows out into the ocean under the south bridge.

English (Translate this text in English): Take the coast road, going North from Lazaro Cardenas (or from Nexpa). It's about another 10 minutes north of Huahua. After coming around some very sharp turns the road opens up and you can see the entire town and the beach down and off to your left. If you get to the tiny fishing village called Pichalinguillo (where the bus drivers like to stop to eat lunch) then you are just barely past it (get off the bus and simply walk back a few minutes). You can see the ocean from the road. The road goes right thru the middle of the very small town, and there's 2 bridges where a very small river flows out into the ocean under the south bridge.

English (Translate this text in English): Take the coast road, going North from Lazaro Cardenas (or from Nexpa). It's about another 10 minutes north of Huahua. After coming around some very sharp turns the road opens up and you can see the entire town and the beach down and off to your left. If you get to the tiny fishing village called Pichalinguillo (where the bus drivers like to stop to eat lunch) then you are just barely past it (get off the bus and simply walk back a few minutes). You can see the ocean from the road. The road goes right thru the middle of the very small town, and there's 2 bridges where a very small river flows out into the ocean under the south bridge.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeSand-bar

Direction

BottomSandy with rock

PowerPowerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast

Good wind directionEast, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

Webcam url 

Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

Park at any of the small restaurants in the town right next to the road, and do try to get to know the local people as it's always best to have local people look out for your things when in Mexico.
Great place to use as an surf explorer's base camp, i.e. there's 2 spots named El Zapote nearby, different places, both with really good waves. This area of coastline does need head high and plus size to break best, if it's less than head high, then you're best off going to the more famous places (like Nexpa, Huahua, and so on).

Note: lot of troubles are reported in this area. Check for the news there before to go.

English (Translate this text in English): Park at any of the small restaurants in the town right next to the road, and do try to get to know the local people as it's always best to have local people look out for your things when in Mexico. <br />Great place to use as an surf explorer's base camp, i.e. there's 2 spots named El Zapote nearby, different places, both with really good waves. This area of coastline does need head high and plus size to break best, if it's less than head high, then you're best off going to the more famous places (like Nexpa, Huahua, and so on).<br /><br />Note: lot of troubles are reported in this area. Check for the news there before to go.

English (Translate this text in English): Park at any of the small restaurants in the town right next to the road, and do try to get to know the local people as it's always best to have local people look out for your things when in Mexico. &lt;br &#47;&gt;Great place to use as an surf explorer's base camp, i.e. there's 2 spots named El Zapote nearby, different places, both with really good waves. This area of coastline does need head high and plus size to break best, if it's less than head high, then you're best off going to the more famous places (like Nexpa, Huahua, and so on).&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Note: lot of troubles are reported in this area. Check for the news there before to go.

English (Translate this text in English): Park at any of the small restaurants in the town right next to the road, and do try to get to know the local people as it's always best to have local people look out for your things when in Mexico. &amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Great place to use as an surf explorer's base camp, i.e. there's 2 spots named El Zapote nearby, different places, both with really good waves. This area of coastline does need head high and plus size to break best, if it's less than head high, then you're best off going to the more famous places (like Nexpa, Huahua, and so on).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Note: lot of troubles are reported in this area. Check for the news there before to go.

Atmosphere

The people are very honest and friendly. I made this my base camp for 3 months when I was surfing all the out-of-the-way spots in Michoacan, as I got really tired of the tourist scenes at Nexpa and the like. Plus this place is more in the middle of all the unknown surf spots and with nicer views of the ocean than Huahua, since the town quickly rises uphill into the mountains. Fantastic area for eating fish and you hardly will see another surfer. Accommodations are not much more than simple camping. There's a store and there's clean well water (make sure you ask which well), and the people that live there are super nice!

English (Translate this text in English): The people are very honest and friendly. I made this my base camp for 3 months when I was surfing all the out-of-the-way spots in Michoacan, as I got really tired of the tourist scenes at Nexpa and the like. Plus this place is more in the middle of all the unknown surf spots and with nicer views of the ocean than Huahua, since the town quickly rises uphill into the mountains. Fantastic area for eating fish and you hardly will see another surfer. Accommodations are not much more than simple camping. There's a store and there's clean well water (make sure you ask which well), and the people that live there are super nice!

English (Translate this text in English): The people are very honest and friendly. I made this my base camp for 3 months when I was surfing all the out-of-the-way spots in Michoacan, as I got really tired of the tourist scenes at Nexpa and the like. Plus this place is more in the middle of all the unknown surf spots and with nicer views of the ocean than Huahua, since the town quickly rises uphill into the mountains. Fantastic area for eating fish and you hardly will see another surfer. Accommodations are not much more than simple camping. There's a store and there's clean well water (make sure you ask which well), and the people that live there are super nice!

English (Translate this text in English): The people are very honest and friendly. I made this my base camp for 3 months when I was surfing all the out-of-the-way spots in Michoacan, as I got really tired of the tourist scenes at Nexpa and the like. Plus this place is more in the middle of all the unknown surf spots and with nicer views of the ocean than Huahua, since the town quickly rises uphill into the mountains. Fantastic area for eating fish and you hardly will see another surfer. Accommodations are not much more than simple camping. There's a store and there's clean well water (make sure you ask which well), and the people that live there are super nice!

General

This spot is pretty fickle but there are 2 different beaches and the waves can sometimes get good. Still, the best spots to surf (there's too many to mention them all) are within 2 hrs. drive north and 45 min. drive south of Arenas Blancas, where you will almost never find anyone out at any of them, and score classic waves, just you (and you're companion travelers).

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is pretty fickle but there are 2 different beaches and the waves can sometimes get good. Still, the best spots to surf (there's too many to mention them all) are within 2 hrs. drive north and 45 min. drive south of Arenas Blancas, where you will almost never find anyone out at any of them, and score classic waves, just you (and you're companion travelers).

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is pretty fickle but there are 2 different beaches and the waves can sometimes get good. Still, the best spots to surf (there's too many to mention them all) are within 2 hrs. drive north and 45 min. drive south of Arenas Blancas, where you will almost never find anyone out at any of them, and score classic waves, just you (and you're companion travelers).

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is pretty fickle but there are 2 different beaches and the waves can sometimes get good. Still, the best spots to surf (there's too many to mention them all) are within 2 hrs. drive north and 45 min. drive south of Arenas Blancas, where you will almost never find anyone out at any of them, and score classic waves, just you (and you're companion travelers).

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By mike lin , 07-01-2010

Map of Pichilinguillo and Arenas Blancas - Here's a map of Pichilinguillo(aka Playa el Tunel), Carrizillo, Arenas Blancas and the seekrit beaches of Joberitus and Ahuijote. And Playa Cuilala:

http://home.comcast.net/~alpinelakes//Coast_of_Michoacan/maps/ahuihote_map.html

enjoy. alpinelakes

By mike lin , 06-01-2010

Pichilinguillo, Arenas Blancas, Coast of Michoacan - I'm building a Coast of Michoacan website:
[Coast of Michoacan](http://home.comcast.net/~alpinelakes//Coast_of_Michoacan/)
I should have the pichiliguillo page up shortly, I'm still working from east to west( I walked the coast from Playa Azul to Boca de Apisa). Check it out, and contribute pictures if you like. cheers, alpinelakes

By Jason , 01-08-2007

I saw the spot - Our bus driver stoped at at this overlook for a taco on the way north from Nexpa one summer, took a picture of this beautiful cove, niceest Ive yet to see! Saw the EXACT same picture (or so I thought) of this spot which they called "Pichalinguillo". Few days ago was checkin google earth trying to find this cove and BAM, right point a few miles south down the beach. Wish we would have known when we stoped, thanks for this post on the spot now I know where its at! Awesome

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