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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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 San Juan De Alima

Mexico, Michoacan

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 Access

Its on your way down from Colima to points farther south; right off the highway. Tell the bus driver and he'll drop you off there.

English (Translate this text in English): Its on your way down from Colima to points farther south; right off the highway. Tell the bus driver and he'll drop you off there.

English (Translate this text in English): Its on your way down from Colima to points farther south; right off the highway. Tell the bus driver and he'll drop you off there.

English (Translate this text in English): Its on your way down from Colima to points farther south; right off the highway. Tell the bus driver and he'll drop you off there.

DistanceSurf trip

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to

Best tide position

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

Get ready for alot of duck diving and current fighting.

English (Translate this text in English): Get ready for alot of duck diving and current fighting.

English (Translate this text in English): Get ready for alot of duck diving and current fighting.

English (Translate this text in English): Get ready for alot of duck diving and current fighting.

Atmosphere

I visited this spot during the off season in august. Its a sleepy little town but for how long ?they are building hotels. Locals were friendly.

Note: michoacan region seems to be in trouble those last months. Have look and check the locals before to go.

English (Translate this text in English): I visited this spot during the off season in august. Its a sleepy little town but for how long ?they are building hotels. Locals were friendly.<br /><br />Note: michoacan region seems to be in trouble those last months. Have look and check the locals before to go.

English (Translate this text in English): I visited this spot during the off season in august. Its a sleepy little town but for how long ?they are building hotels. Locals were friendly.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Note: michoacan region seems to be in trouble those last months. Have look and check the locals before to go.

English (Translate this text in English): I visited this spot during the off season in august. Its a sleepy little town but for how long ?they are building hotels. Locals were friendly.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Note: michoacan region seems to be in trouble those last months. Have look and check the locals before to go.

General

Spitting beach break barrels, breaks kinda far out though. watch out for strong side shore currents. Beautiful black sand beach with mountains in the background. I was told there's a right point farther down the beach from the town. You can see it from the beach. Time was limited for me so I didnt get a chance to check it. This point breaks beside a mountain which will block a north wind. Its worth a look if you're in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Spitting beach break barrels, breaks kinda far out though. watch out for strong side shore currents. Beautiful black sand beach with mountains in the background. I was told there's a right point farther down the beach from the town. You can see it from the beach. Time was limited for me so I didnt get a chance to check it. This point breaks beside a mountain which will block a north wind. Its worth a look if you're in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Spitting beach break barrels, breaks kinda far out though. watch out for strong side shore currents. Beautiful black sand beach with mountains in the background. I was told there's a right point farther down the beach from the town. You can see it from the beach. Time was limited for me so I didnt get a chance to check it. This point breaks beside a mountain which will block a north wind. Its worth a look if you're in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Spitting beach break barrels, breaks kinda far out though. watch out for strong side shore currents. Beautiful black sand beach with mountains in the background. I was told there's a right point farther down the beach from the town. You can see it from the beach. Time was limited for me so I didnt get a chance to check it. This point breaks beside a mountain which will block a north wind. Its worth a look if you're in the area.

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By Anonymous , 24-03-2009

SAN JUAN DE ALIMA - I WENT TO SAN JUAN DE ALIMA IN DECEMBER OF 2008 I ABSOLUTLY LOVE THAT PLACE, I STAY AT A HOTEL CALL MARIA ISABEL NICE PLACE, GOOOD FOOD.LISA

By Pablo. alias "el curita" , 28-01-2008

me too, I LOVE SAN JUAN A LOT. - Well....
I think, that's the best place in all Michoacan. That's because i've borned there but now i'm in CA getting some cash and one day I'LL BE BACK.

By Anonymous , 21-09-2007

Close outs! - Searched most of the Jalisco coast and except for the main 2 breaks (& rare days), it's all close outs. If these beautiful little towns would build artificial reefs with the abandoned hotels in the area, they would have more business than they could handle. San Juan could easily have twenty artificial reefs across its four miles of close outs.

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