Located on the pacific coast less than an hour from Zihuatanejo is the beautiful Playa La Saladita. I had never heard of this beach until some of Jorge’s friends started planning a trip here for a long weekend. It’s known as an excellent surf spot, but unless you’re a surfer it’s still under the radar. Even if you don’t surf this is still a long, picturesque beach that’s worth visiting.
Playa La Saladita is a short drive from other popular destinations like the bustling Zihuatanejo and Troncones. There’s not much of a town and most of the action is along the beach. There are many hotels/ vacation rentals to choose from on the beachfront and there are a couple of restaurants but not a real variety. It’s the ideal destination if you want to escape from the crowds and enjoy a relaxing few days on the beach.
How To Get To Playa La Saladita
Getting to La Saladita is fairly simple. Most likely you will need to fly into Zihuatanejo International Airport from Mexico City or even from select airports in the US. We flew from Mexico City early Friday morning. The flight was less than an hour and twenty minutes long. From the airport, you can either rent a car or take a taxi for around $70 USD for 4 people.
We ended up renting a car which made it easy to go to the grocery store and stock up on food and we were able to drive to Zihuatanejo to spend an afternoon there as well.
What To Do In Playa La Saladita
Surf La Saladita’s Point Break
The most popular attraction of La Saladita is the surf. I’m not a surfer (yet) so I can’t give you all of the juicy details about the waves here, but let’s just say that a professional Hawaiian surfer showed up a day after we left to ride these waves. The waves aren’t crazy big so with a longboard you’ll catch some decent waves and have loads of fun no matter your skill level. It seems like a longboarder’s paradise with consistent swells that offer longs rides. These left riding waves are actually some of the longest in Mexico. I’m dying to give it a go next time we visit.
Bring your own board or rent a board for $200 MXN or about $10 USD per day. Lessons are available as well at any of the beach shacks by the break. Also, be careful, there are urchins out in the water by the rocks and they are a real pain if you step on one.
2. Relax in the Hot Springs
Hidden just 15 minutes from Playa La Saladita is an all-natural, undeveloped hot spring. The hot springs have been kept in their wild, natural state so you can relax in the wilderness at your own leisure. The best way to access the springs is by colectivo (mini-bus public transport) or by rental car. The colectivo will drop you off on the side of the main road where there is a dirt road that leads off to the hot springs. You’ll need to walk about 40 minutes or so until you reach the hot springs. Alternatively, if you have a car then you can try and drive directly down the dirt road to the hot springs if there hasn’t been too much rain.
Here is the location to the entrance off of the main road. https://maps.app.goo.gl/FT7mZHeW2Zk5k27m6
3. Take a Kayak Tour
Take a 20-minute taxi ride to the neighboring town of Troncones for a kayak tour through the biodiverse estuary.
4. Explore the Beach
There is a reason why ‘“long walks on the beach” is such a popular line for dating websites and Playa La Saladita is great for just that. Go for an evening walk to catch the sun setting over the ocean. Stop at one of the beach shacks for a drink or some ceviche. Walk to the point to watch the surfers ride some long waves. The water is more catered to surfers than swimmers as the water near the shore is a little rough and not ideal for a relaxing dip in the ocean. At least that was the case when we went in March.
5. Visit Troncones
Only 20 minutes away is the town of Troncones. Also known for good surf, this town has a little bit more action than La Saladita. Come here if you want more of a variety of restaurants or just want to check out a different beach or new surf.
What to Eat in Playa La Saldita
Your options as far as restaurants are pretty limited in La Saladita. There are a couple of restaurants on the beach, but nothing to write home about as far as we saw. If you don’t want to cook on your vacation then you can definitely find a couple of decent places to eat at or even take a short taxi ride to Troncones where there are more options.
On our last day, we were in Zihuatenejo waiting for our flight and we chilled at a beachfront restaurant called Triton at Playa Ropa with some truly amazing food. It’s a pretty unassuming place with a more affordable and creative menu than others nearby. Everything we ordered was delicious, but the star was the tuna tostadas, cubes of raw tuna coated in a sweet soy glaze and mixed with red onion and mango, served on a giant crispy wonton. I think were ordered at least fifteen for our table of seven. We just kept ordering them they were so good. They had a variety of raw seafood dishes, which is how I prefer my seafood, but they also have plenty of cooked dishes like fish tacos. I would make the trip from La Saladita to eat here at least once if I were you.
If you like to cook then I think the best way to go is to get a rental with a kitchen. One of the highlights of our trip was buying local seafood and preparing it at home. You’ll find fishermen on the beach in the mornings near the surfers. We got lucky one morning just as the fisherman was bringing in bags and bags of freshly caught oysters. We snagged two dozen oysters for $7 USD and they were absolutely delicious. We tried going back the next two mornings but didn’t manage to find any fishermen those days. We also went into town and bought some shrimp, but didn’t have any luck finding any fish. It seemed hit and miss with the fresh seafood, but definitely try your luck if you can because what seafood we did get did not disappoint.
Where to Stay in Playa La Saladita
We stayed at Casa Cucharra, a beautiful beachfront rental with a killer infinity pool overlooking the ocean. From the right angle, you couldn’t tell where the pool ended and where the ocean began.
There were loads of other beachfront rentals from what we saw so you should have plenty to choose from. There are also camping and cabins if you are looking for more budget options. It’s a small beach so I can’t really recommend one area over the next as everything is really close together.
April 15, 2021 at 4:05 pm
Excelente artículo. Invita a conocer el lugar y su gastronomía. Hermosas fotos!!
May 16, 2021 at 4:25 am
Where did you guys rent boards from? Thank you your post is so helpful and has me planning for the future !
May 16, 2021 at 1:13 pm
Hi Janet! I can’t remember the name of the place, but you can’t miss it. Just head towards the part of the beach where the restaurants are. It’s a surf shack in front of the water where everyone is surfing. Practically every place rents boards so you won’t have trouble finding one! Hopefully, we will be returning this summer so I can get names of some rental places and update this post. Thank you for your comment!
June 19, 2022 at 8:56 pm
We went last December and rented our boards from Sergio, you can find him at the Dona Oli restaurant near the fishing boats. Ilianet’s restaurant also rents boards too.
July 7, 2021 at 2:10 am
How do you get to the hot springs from La Saladita?
July 7, 2021 at 3:39 pm
Hi Emmy! You can either take a colectivo (the small public transport buses) or a rental car. If you take the colectivo they will drop you off on the side of the road at the entrance to hot springs. From there you will have to walk a ways on a dirt road until you reach the springs. If you have a rental car and it hasn’t been raining you should be able to drive down the dirt road (20/30min) directly to the hot springs. The drive from La Saladita to the entrance off the main road is about 15 minutes. Here is the Google Maps location to the entrance where you can either walk or drive down the dirt road to the hot springs. https://maps.app.goo.gl/FT7mZHeW2Zk5k27m6
Hope this helps. Thank you for your comment!
March 11, 2022 at 1:01 am
Hi Jessie! Your article is super helpful — thank you for sharing, and for the stellar pictures! I’m planning a surf trip to La Saladita in a couple weeks and was wondering — is it possible to just show up and see what accommodations are available? Is it pretty plentiful? I am a budget traveler, looking to be as close to the point as possible.
March 14, 2022 at 3:53 am
Hi Jackie, thank you for your comment! I definitely think it’s possible to show up without a reservation and find something budget friendly. Luckily most of the places I saw near the point seemed to be more budget accommodation (some even had camping as an option). Of course it will depend on how busy it is, but if you say you’ll be going in a few weeks I think you’ll still be ahead of the “crowd.” :)
March 23, 2022 at 2:21 pm
Hi. Do you have a link for the casa cucharra rental? thanks!
March 23, 2022 at 8:33 pm
Hi Erica! There are several villas within Casa Cucharra or you can rent out the entire place. I’ll link the owner’s profile on AirBnb here so that you can see all of the available listings for Casa Cucharra :)
January 2, 2023 at 5:28 am
Hi some friends of ours that are avid surfers have asked us to join them this spring break for 12 days. We all have teens but we aren’t surfers. We love Mexico and have traveled there with our kids but are wondering if la saladita is maybe not a spot to go if your are not surfing?
February 2, 2023 at 1:24 am
When I went, I didn’t surf and I had a great time! There isn’t a lot of action in La Saladita itself. It’s great for hanging by the pool, walking on the beach, watching the surfers, and eating fresh seafood. For some, it’s a relaxing paradise, while others may get a little bored. Just depends on your preferred travel style!