One of the best places to surf in Mexico, Cuyutlan is a tranquil and picturesque seaside town located about an hour southeast of the port city of Manzanillo on the southeastern end of the Laguna de Cuyutlan (Cuyutlan Lagoon). Cuyutlan’s black-sand beaches are a result of centuries of erosion of the volcanic rock lining this stretch of coastline, and the entire region is dotted with banana and coconut palms.
Spend some time on the beach, stroll along the malecon (oceanfront promenade) past restaurants, shops and cafes, and browse the local handicrafts and folk art. In the evenings grab a seat at one of the local seafood restaurants and enjoy the incredible sunsets.
The beaches of Cuyutlan are excellent for surfing, especially the beach at Los Pascuales which is known for being one of the best places to surf in Mexico. Waves at Los Pascuales regularly reach heights of eight to fifteen feet or more.
Located in a major sea salt producing region, Cuyutlan produced much of the salt that was used in the Guanajuato silver mines during the Spanish-colonial period and today, the town is home to the Museo de la Sal (Salt Museum) which is housed in a 100-year-old salt storage barn.
Cuyutlan is best known for La Ola Verde (the green wave), a giant green wave that appears in the ocean as the sun sets and shines through the water. The green wave is most often seen during the months of April and May and the green color of the wave is attributed to ocean dwelling phosphorescent algae and plankton in the water, though locals like to debate its origin.
Several kilometers southeast of Cuyutlan is the town of El Paraiso, sister resort to Cuyutlan. Along the route to El Paraiso you’ll pass by the El Tortuguero turtle sanctuary where, in addition to helping to protect and preserve the local turtle population, you can also join a lagoon tour through the mangroves in the nearby Palo Verde Estuary nature preserve to spot wildlife.