These two surf spots are a two-minute walk from the hotel. When you walk to the beach from the hotel, you are at Playa Carmen, which is ideal for every level of surfing, depending on the tide and the size of the waves. Low-tide is best for beginners, and mid to high tide is ideal for intermediate to advanced surfers.
There are six or seven peaks to the right, all the way to Banana Beach. If you want to surf Mal País, take a three-minute walk left of Playa Carmen, and you’ll find a few smaller peaks. Be careful of rip currents that carry you toward the rocks to the far south. The rocks are easy to see at low tide.
Santa Teresa is next in line (north) after Playa Carmen, starting at Banana Beach. There is a hotel and bar right on the beach, which serves as a perfect landmark. There are several surf spots in this area, and each one is marked by rocks that are visible at low tide. Keep walking north to Brunelas and La Lora beaches for a hollower wave the breaks faster.
This a long beach that extends north to a big rock named “El Peñon.” Low tide is best if you’re going to try to walk past this rock on the beach, and eventually arrive at Hermosa Beach. Access is far easier on the road.
Playa Hermosa lives up to its name (Beautiful Beach), and it’s about 25 minutes by car from Hotel Playa Carmen. This is where most surfers go when Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, and Santa Teresa are not working. Low tide is excellent for beginners because the white water maintains power longer. There are also excellent waves for intermediate and advanced surfers. Watch the rocks to the far north.