About Manzanillo Bay

Because Manzanillo is where the airport is located, it's the main arrival point for surfers coming to the region, and therefore, the spots in this area can occasionally be crowded, but there are several to choose from. Campos Manzanillo can be fun in the right conditions and can hold up to a ten-foot swell. South of that you'll find Cuyutlan, which is essentially just gnarly, thumping shorebreak. Colonia offers a mellower version of Cuyutlan. Then there's Pascuales, the crown jewel of the area, which should be avoided by anyone who doesn't consider themselves an expert surfer. You haven't been scared until you've surfed 15-foot beachbreak. South of Pascuales you'll find Boca de Apisa, which picks up winter-time northwest swells that produce long, fun rivermouth lefts.

Source: Manzanillo Bay Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Heavy at Pascuales. Be smart about who you drop in on!

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Semi-crowded (Crowds thin out, though, when the surf starts to max out.)

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect


Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting


Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Duck dives and getting lipped at Pascuales.


Many dirt roads require 4-wheel drive to access.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard, gun


Sand, rock, coral reef.

Best Season

March-September (though Winter has its moments, too)

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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