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La Saladita vs. Troncones - What's the difference?

Where should I stay... Troncones or La Saladita?

Dec 10, 2012
  • Mexico
  • Saladita
  • Troncones
main imgPlaya La Saladita, Mexico

Often I’m asked about how the Mexico surf destinations Troncones and La Saladita compare to one another. The two “towns” are only a few miles apart as the crow flies, (20-25 minutes driving) but they offer very different experiences. Here’s my take on Troncones versus la Saladita.
 
Troncones has some shops and nice restaurants/hotels. Troncones is a few miles of golden sand beach with a beach break all along with one really good, though quite rocky, point break. This point break is called Troncones Point or Manzanillo Bay. Manzanillo Bay is a beautiful beach for walking, swimming, spearfishing, etc. The wave breaks over a rocky ledge with urchins so it’s best for intermediate to advanced surfers. I surfed it for two days, with head high waves, clear water and never more than one other guy out. There are other more beginner friendly waves south of here, so no need to travel all the way to la Saladita.
 
Troncones is best for travelers looking for a taste of “real” mexico or surfers looking for a nice place to stay that will also please your spouse, as long as you don't mind driving 20 to 30 minutes for surf if it's not breaking at Troncones Point. Troncones is usually considered the more picturesque beach as it offers miles of golden sand, with a backdrop of the beautiful mountains.
 

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Troncones Point
Troncones, Mexico

 
La Saladita is best if you want to get away from everything else, be in a very rural setting and have incredible waves at your doorstep, but you don't mind having to drive 30 minutes for shopping, dining or nightlife. La Saladita's beach is also picturesque, but during the summer months tends to shrink and usually is darker sand with rocks and pebbles at the point, though still great for long walks.
 
La Saladita's surf break is great for both beginner and intermediate surfers. The point break offers a really long consistent ride. You’ll find cheaper beachfront places to stay in La Saladita than Troncones. Be advised—there’s not much else to do in La Saladita but surf and swing in the hammock. The surrounding mountains are beautiful and are reminiscent of a lush Southern California. The wave, Saladita Point, is often called a reverse Malibu for good reason. It breaks long and consistent over a forgiving cobblestone bottom, but instead of going right like Malibu, Saladita breaks left making it a rare goofy foot paradise.
 
La Saladita's long crescent shaped beach is nice for walking. Overall you’ll find more surfer backpacker types here renting one of the locally family owned places on the point. There are some newer upscale homes and B&Bs a few minutes walk up the beach though as well. Even surf legend Corky Carroll has made La Saladita his home after traveling the world to surf.
 

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The best thing about Troncones and La Saladita is that it doesn't have to be an either/or decision. They are so close to one another (only about 15 minutes apart with the new roads) that you can easily stay in one and surf at the other.
 

IN SUMMARY: La Saladita is best for great waves, Troncones is best for nicer places to stay, restaurants, shopping, and yoga.

 

The Breakdown

La Saladita Troncones
5 - 6 Restaurants 20+ restaurants
No need to get dressed up A couple of nice restaurants
Dirt roads Paved roads
A REALLY long left point break Miles of golden beach with a solid beach break and 1 good point break
Majority of visitors are surfers Majority of visitors are here for other reasons
Price range from cheap to high end Price range from cheap to high end
Not much else to do besides surf Yoga, shopping, dancing, skatepark, scooter rentals, biking, kayak tours
About 45 minutes from the airport About 30 minutes from the airport
Darker sandy beach with some rock and pebbles with miles of walking Sandy beach with miles of walking dotted with some rock outcroppings
 

Photos of Troncones and La Saladita

Manzanillo Bay
Manzanillo Bay in Troncones, one of the prettiest beaches in the area

 
Manzanillo Bay
Troncones Point, also known as Manzanillo Bay

 
Troncones
Heading into Troncones, at the main intersection

 
Troncones is for lovers
Troncones is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway to enjoy their incredible beaches

 
Villa Milagros
Lots of accommodations to suit surfers in Troncones—from rustic hostels to high end hotels. This is Villa Milagros at the far southern end of Troncones.

 
Lots of activites in Troncones
Troncones has a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy on your own or with a guide

 
Bruce Grimes surfing
Surfer and local Shaper Bruce Grimes on a long Saladita peeler

 
Saladita surf rentals
No need to pay board fees! The locals have you covered with plenty of options for longboards and shortboards to rent in Saladita

 
La Saladita
The main scene at La Saladita—Lourdes Bar & Grill and Beach Club and beachfront lodging options—The Point House and Blanca's Bungalows

 
Surfing in Saladita
The lineup at La Saladita on a small day

 
Saladita life
Local flavor in La Saladita

 
Saladita lodging
Plenty of oceanfront lodging options in La Saladita. Seen here are Villas Jacqueline, Cesar's Apartment, House of Waves, Casa Esmeralda, and The Mango House just up the road.

 
 
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  • Mexico
  • Saladita
  • Troncones