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  • Writer's pictureCari Mackey

What makes one beach better than another for surf or swim?

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Mountain or beach? Jungle or desert? City or countryside? Snow or water? Adventure or relaxation? Just some of the things you likely take into consideration when dreaming of your next holiday, place to live, or maybe build a business. You can't have everything you want but what things are most important on your list?

What we found as we traveled from country to country and beach to beach was that all the beaches are yes, beautiful but most of them were too dangerous to get in the water. That's tough to take when you travel to somewhere hot and can't swim in the ocean to cool off or learn to surf and hanging out lazily on the beach has never been "our thing."

Being from the mountains of Colorado we learned how to navigate dangerous backcountry ski slopes, raging rivers in kayaks, and safely climb rock walls but the ocean was something entirely new to us and duh, it's dangerous!

Like this photo above of a nearby and unswimmable beach, undertows, rip tides, currents, waves, swells, shore breaks, animals, and water quality were just some of the characteristics of beach destinations we realized we needed to learn more about if we were going to build a place where our guests, especially kids, could safely swim and explore and learn to surf. That's why we knew when we found "Beginner Beach" it was perfect!

There are so many elements to learn about the ocean so we'll try to keep it simple. What makes this spot safe to swim is the long flat beach that slows down the outgoing undertow of water, a narrow bay with an island to keep strong rip tides from forming, and an outer reef that cuts the energy of the incoming swell for less powerful waves.

Seeing families swimming, surfing and just having fun in the ocean together is a dream come true for us and we are fired up to pass that stoke on so, c'mon and join us!

Your Friends in Morrillo,

Cari and Ryan Mackey

Owners and Hosts

Morrillo Beach Eco Resort

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