To the South in Order of Proximity
Amarillo- Amarillo beach is the next beach south of Hacienda Iguana and there surfable peaks on the north and south end of the beach, although the south end is more popular and consisent. You can to the south end of Amarillo in about 40 minutes or drive there in 25 minutes. It’s a beach break with fun waves, generally half the size of Colorados. Best at mid to high tide. Good for all ability levels.
Gigante- Gigante is the bay just south of Amarillo. The swell has to be huge for Gigante to break at it’s south or north ends, but it is a good option when everywhere else is too big. Good for all ability levels.
Manzanillo- Manzanillo is a left point break with a rock bottom that needs a little bit of swell to break. Breaks best with a SW swell. Ideal tide is mid to high tide as it is generally too shallow at a low tide. Good for intermediate to expert surfers. Only accessible by boat, approximately 30 minutes from Iguana.
To the North in Order of Proximity
Playa Rosada- Left point break located within the gated community of Rancho Santana. This break needs a decent size swell to work and is best at a mid to high tide. Good for all ability levels. . Only accessible by boat or if you are staying in Rancho Santana.
Rancho Santana- Wedgy beach break with multiple peaks located on the north end of the gated community of Rancho Santana. Best at a mid to high tide and with small to medium sized swells. Good for intermediate to expert surfers. This break can be quite crowded but does offer many peaks. Accessible by boat or car.
Waikikis- Beach/rock break located just to the north of Magnific Rock. Needs a large swell to break. Best at a mid to high tide. Best beginner break in the area as it is a very soft and forgiving wave. Accessible by boat or car.
Popoyo- Reef/rock break with a more predominant left but also a right that works. One of the most consistent waves in the area. Good for intermediate to expert surfers. Works with all tides and swell sizes. Accessible by boat or car.
Lance’s Left- 200-300 yard left point break (rock/reef) on the north end of Astillero’s bay in front of a huge cliff face that often blocks strong offshore winds. Good at all tides. Lance’s left is a softer, more forgiving point break that is fun for all ability levels. This break can hold all size swells. This break is accessible by boat or car but by car you will still have to walk about 15 minutes and will have to walk out on the reef to paddle out.
Playgrounds- A rippable cobble stone rock/reef break with a predominant left but often good short rights as well. Generally best on a mid tide but varies by swell. Best on a S/SW swell. Good for intermediate to expert surfers and can hold waves well overhead. Only accessible by boat, approximately 1-1.5 hours from Iguana.