Mexico Surf Safari
Before creating KRISTY MURPHY’S SIREN SURF ADVENTURES, Kristy worked as head surf instructor as well as coordinated one of the first surf camps for women, held in Mexico. In her time-off, all of the instructors would hop on a bus from Puerto Vallarta to Rio Nexpa, in order to surf and explore that amazingly spectacular stretch of coastline. During those early scouting missions, over 15 years ago now, is when she discovered a perfect left-hand point break just outside of Zihuatanejo. At that time, there was one little palapa located strategically at the end of the wave, selling food. You could ride a single wave all the way from the outside peak and step off onto the beach right at that one restaurant to order lunch. She instantly fell in love.
Zihuatanejo is hands down her favorite area to surf in Mexico, so when Wildcoast, an organization dedicated to ocean and coastal conservation, asked if Siren Surf Adventures wanted to get involved with the turtle sanctuaries in the area, they quickly replied with a resounding “Yes!”
“Having surfed for a number of years, I was ready to take my surfing to the next level. Learning how to cross step backside was a big dream of mine and I am so grateful to Kristy and Cat for their expertise and encouragement in helping me make this dream come true in the warm waters of Mexico…Thank you so much!!” ~ Ilene Hancey
Your perfect Mexican surf adventure
Siren Surf Adventure’s home base is magnificently located just a short walk away from the left-hand point break. To help you best enjoy your surf vacation, Kristy and Cat provide an excellent V.I.P. service in a fun, carefree, no-pressure environment in which surfers of ANY ability can take their surfing to the next level. The group sizes are small, with a max of 5 guests per retreat in order to ensure an intimate experience that guarantees that you are sure to get the most time with these 2 ladies in and out of the water. No other surf experience can compare. Small groups is what sets Siren Surf Adventures apart from the rest. Surfing is a rewarding challenge and even if you have never set foot on a surfboard before, Kristy and Cat will give you the direction, expertise, and confidence you need to Answer the Call of the Ocean.
Your typical Mexico surf trip day begins with coffee, teas, fresh local and/or organic fruits along with an amazing Mexican breakfast overlooking the line-up from the patio of your ocean front villa. Then it is time for surf. Kristy and Cat always try to utilize the best tides and conditions so exact surf times vary from day-to-day, but don’t worry, you will receive at least 2 hours in the morning possibly more, of surf coaching in the water during the day. Depending on the wind, a sunset surf session is always a possibility. The learning doesn’t end once dry however as your coaches discuss turning technique, cross-stepping and nose-riding, fins, boards, as well as provide video analysis. You will receive 1 massage and may also visit the natural hot springs nearby or take a road trip to a neighboring town to do some local shopping. Your dinners will consist of Mexican specialties prepared by the in-house chef and all of the food is either local, non-gmo, and/or organic. At night you can either enjoy a movie theater under the stars to watch surf flicks or sit on the beach for an old-school beach fire all the whilst sipping on Kristy’s famous margaritas!
Custom surf vacations for groups and families
Siren Surf Adventures loves to host families on their quest for a fun vacation. Families that surf together stay together. Please enquire within if you are interested in customizing your family surf vacation with us!
The nitty gritty
You do not need to have any previous surf experience to surf with us. Our surf camps for women are geared to all abilities, from the total beginner to advanced and for any age.
You must have basic swimming skills.
To get the most of your surf safari it is best to be in good physical health and injury free.
Guests 17 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult and minimum age is 10.
Food: local, organic, authentic, Mexican barbecue, clay pot.
It is fine to be a solo traveler. Kristy Murphy’s Siren Surf Adventures are a great place to meet new surf buddies! You can also bring a friend, a bunch of friends or maybe your mom, sister and daughter, too.
For travel into Mexico, you will need a valid passport with 6 months remaining before expiration.
If you would like to extend your trip and arrive early or depart later than the camp dates just let us know. We can help coordinate all your travel logistics and help to ensure your vacation is just what you imagined.
Our maximum guest count is 5 people per retreat. This allows us to give ultra personal attention for a superior learning environment. As a result of our small numbers we get to surf the best waves AND Kristy and Cat are always your instructors. This guarantees an authentic surf experience in which you receive the best coaching that money can buy.
Vista Del Mar Private or Shared Room
Pamper yourself in Vista del Mar. Our main private room option has a king size bed, en-suite bathroom, and a large lanai that faces the ocean for a breathtaking view of local pelicans flying home through a multicolored sunset. Open the terrace doors and let the ocean view and sea breezes invade your senses.
Private: $3200.00 pp
Shared King Bed: $2500.00 pp
La Surfista Shared Room
This room offers spectacular ocean views from the 2nd story of the Villa. Larger than Cuarto Olita, it is outfitted with 2 double beds, a lanai, and an en-suite bathroom. Surf, grab lunch, and retreat back to the comfort of La Surfista for a nap before the sunset session! At night, let the crashing of the ocean waves lull you to sleep. Surf camps for women don’t get any better than this.
Shared: $2600.00 pp
Cuarto Olita Shared Room
Located on the lower level of the Villa, this room faces the beach, has 2 twin beds and a bathroom across the hall. Open the windows, grab a book and let the ocean breeze fill Cuarto Olita as you relax after your morning surf session. Meet a new friend and enjoy your surf camp Mexico together.
Shared: $2400.00 pp
How to book your surf adventure
Check surf camp availability. Since we keep our camps small, the first step is to fill out our initial contact form and verify that your desired dates are available. Once we have confirmed your retreat dates we'll send you a confirmation email and invoice to make a deposit.
Pay your deposit securely via PayPal. Your invoice will include a link to make your payment on Paypal. This deposit secures your spot in the camp and requested accommodations. The deposit is non-refundable. Please make sure to read our terms and conditions carefully.
Book your flight. Once you receive a confirmation email and have made your deposit, it's time to book your flight. Flight cost is not included in the retreat price and booking travel is your responsibility. Arrival day is first day of retreat and departure is the last day of the retreat*.
Make final payment. Approximately 6 weeks prior to your arrival you'll receive an invoice for the balance of your adventure and it's time to start getting ready! Send us your flight information and download our handy packing checklist with all your surf adventure essentials.
Trip insurance: While this is optional, we highly recommend you purchase trip insurance to cover the cost of your adventure and travel in the event that an unforeseen event occurs.
*If you plan on arriving before the first day of the retreat or plan on departing after the last scheduled day of the retreat, you are responsible for arranging your own ground transportation to and from the airport. We can help you arrange this transportation. Once you book your flight, we ask that you forward or fax a copy of your itinerary to us as soon as possible. Please have it to us at least 1 week before your scheduled arrival.
Went to Surf Camp in Saladita, Mexico and will definitely go to surf camp again to be taught by Kristy and Cat. Not only are they patient and skillful teachers, but they are so much fun! The accommodations are beautiful and come with a cook who whips up delicious local fare. I can’t say enough about Kristy and Cat and how much I enjoyed surfing and hanging out with them. They will teach you how to surf and have fun doing it. I am so grateful to them! Miss them already. ~ Liz, 2016
Our group of six went to the Chuparosa location in La Saladita for a week. Most of us were beginners, but a couple surfed a bit. They started us all off with basics of safe surfing and surfing etiquette, which I didn’t know at all. They were enthusiastic, patient and so, so funny. They seemed very respected by the other surfers in the area, locals and tourists alike. The accommodations are very comfortable and nice, right on the beach, beautiful views. They provide a cook who cooked healthy, delicious breakfasts and dinners. We often went to local places for lunch, a couple times for dinner. You could surf morning and afternoon, or just hang out in the afternoon, your choice. The location has different size waves in different places– ideal for different levels. Kristy and Cat actually made the trip with their personalities, expertise, professionalism and wit. ~ Debra, 2015
Siren Surf camp at La Chuparosa is fantastic! We have been to other surf-camps as well and our experience in Mexico more than matched the previous ones. Why? So many reasons: Kristy and Cat are unmatched in their warmth and enthusiasm as hosts and coaches. They spend ALL their time in the water making sure students get what they want/need out of the week-our surf learning curve shot skyward. Back at the house, they go out of their way to provide an unforgettable experience including awesome meals at some local spots, Kristy’s unique Margharita bar, Cat’s surf-history tales, surf films, and loads of laughter. Lucia’s cooking is perfect-hearty, flavourful and varied. The grounds, house and pool are absolutely beautiful. All the house staff are so friendly, as of course is Dragon (the dog). We couldn’t have asked for a better week and will keep recommending Siren Surf to anyone who’ll listen. Go there!! ~ Pete ‘n Carla, 2014
I am an “outsider” reviewing these gals and the surf camp. I have watched Kristy and Cat while surfing at La Saladita and they provide one of the best surf guides/coaching that I have ever seen. They spend a lot of time with every surfer and offer advice, encouragement and support that you just don’t see often. They manage to be low key and not invasive of a surf spot. I have nothing but good things to say about them. Great attitude, enthusiasm and skill. Both of these gals rip, and I mean surf with finesse and grace. No one walks the nose like Kristy and makes it look so darned easy. Spend the money and learn all you can with them as it is worth every penny. I may have to check out their Costa Rica trips as I can only imagine how wonderful that will be. Just being around their smiling selves is enough to make me surf better. Thanks for being so stoked and see you in the water.
~ Mattie, 2014
I had an awesome time in Mexico! Kristy and Cat are amazing hosts who really make you feel welcome, especially when you are travelling solo. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, the accommodation, the surf, the food was all perfect. I only wish I could have stayed longer. Hope to do more trips with the girls in the future. Thanks guys for getting my surfing back on track, the coaching was spot on and it couldn’t be in a better location. Love that left! ~ Marissa, 2013
Kristy and Cat are the best surf coaches I’ve ever met. When you’re first starting out, Kristy paddles right next to you, pushing you to develop your paddle strength and then tells you when to pop up and make your turn. If you should fall, she’s right there checking on you. I started surfing at 41 and in only a few years I’ve acquired wave knowledge and technique that takes a decade to understand. The house in Mexico is AMAZING. A total VIP experience, it’s right on the beach, with beautiful bedrooms and balconies and we had our own private chef. And pool, for a post surf dip. They know all the fun dinner spots, so we’d pile into the blue “boca”, VW bug and have great authentic Mexican. I’m a repeat customer because I love this spot, a perfect left handed point break, and love what I learn from the ladies. ~ Anna, 2013
Kristy and Cat really have the surf camp experience dialed in! I’ve been on the Hawaii trip and the Mexico trip and both are the perfect balance of surfing, exploring, relaxing, laughs and eating! The Mexico camp is super chill and relaxing, and the surf is mellow and FUN! And the accommodations are really beautiful and comfortable. Why you should go: 1. You’ll actually learn to surf in a safe, no-pressure environment. 2. You’ll learn good technique, proper etiquette and history. 3. Amazing fresh, local food prepared right at the house. 4. You’ll unplug from the rest of the world and get back to simplicity. I can’t say enough about my experience. I was in Mex last January with them and I’m planning on going back this winter too. ~ Anne, 2012
I learned so much from surfing at the Mexico retreat! The waves peel perfectly, which makes it so much easier to practice any skills you want to work on. Kristy and Cat are great teachers and coaches. They have the skills and knowledge to really help you learn and improve. They are very patient and create a fun, relaxed environment for everyone. I love that the accommodations are right on the beach. You can do your surf check from the window of your room in the morning, and it’s such a luxury to be able to walk two minutes with your board and paddle out. No loading gear and driving required! The rooms were bright and airy with awesome views of the ocean. The meals prepared at the house were fresh and healthy, and there’s a good selection of restaurants in the nearby towns. I also enjoyed the signature cocktail of the retreat: Kristy’s famous Margarita! Overall, great waves, great people, and great times. I can’t wait to go back! ~ Koto, 2012
This year started off with a bang at your Mexico surf camp. A lot of people mentioned safety before I even departed Austin, but I wan’t concerned. I was greeted at the airport by Cat and we headed to Chuparosa. Our surf safari accommodations were spectacular! The ocean views from my bedroom were breathtaking and the outdoor patio was a great place to relax in the evenings. This location is special because we didn’t have to drive or walk far to catch waves. I loved that you could just grab your board and walk a few 100 yards and start catching waves. Kristy and Cat also introduced us to all the locals and showed us the best places to eat in this small, quant village. I hadn’t surfed in about 3 years so I was nervous if I’d even be able to catch waves again. By day two I was off the foam board and on a big kid board. These two ladies have the patience of saints and truly understand how to teach women how to surf. I can’t imagine ever wanting to go to another surf camp Mexico. ~ Carie, 2012
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Supporting the Community & Environment
We believe strongly in supporting our local communities and causes that are close to our hearts. These are the places we call home and we want to have a positive relationship with our neighbors and the environment.
The Azulita Project
Kristy and Cat are proud to work with and support the Azulita Project as they have been an integral part of cleaning up the beaches and villages where they love to surf in Mexico. The Azulita Project has built and sustains a plastic recycling center which recycles over 10 tons of plastic each month and also provides environmental youth programs within the local schools to teach about conservation and organic farming. Co-founder of the Azulita Project and legendary folk hero artist Pato, has made it his passion to educate farmers throughout Mexico, about how to make organic composts, fertilizers, and pesticides. He created the Siren Surf Adventures logo and hand prints all our hats and shirts. By supporting his art we are able to be apart of funding this project that is so important to this area. For more information or to make a donation check out to the Azulita Project at www.azulitaproject.org. All proceeds from soft goods sold goes directly to Pato in order for him to continue his work.
When Wildcoast, an organization dedicated to ocean and coastal conservation, asked if we wanted to get involved with the turtle sanctuaries in the area, we quickly replied with a resounding “Yes!”
Together, we have worked with Wildcoast to initiate an inspirational program so our guests can enjoy a variety of opportunities, during their surf safari as well as interact with the native wildlife and the local community. As surfers that enjoy clean water, live coral reefs, and sea life aplenty, we are happy to help and proud to invite you and your loved ones to Answer the Call of the Ocean on our Zihuatanejo, Mexico surf safari.