Surfing in Baja began in the mid 1940’s when vacationing surfers ventured south of the border looking for quality waves. Since then, surfers have been returning year after year, and season after season, with countless stories of perfect peeling right-hand point breaks, barreling beach breaks and freak, big wave surf spots.

Baja can be divided into two major surf regions: Northern Baja and Southern Baja. Northern Baja is much colder than Southern Baja. There is good surf year-round in Northern Baja, but it really fires during the winter months from large northwest groundswells. It’s not uncommon to need full suits, booties and a hood while surfing in Northern Baja.

Cabo San Lucas in Baja’s southern region is definitely the main draw for most traveling surfers. Cabo San Lucas and Southern Baja can produce good surf year-round, but it really lights up during the summer months when the southern hemisphere swells start to send long-period southwest groundswell into the coast. This is the secret ingredient needed for Cabo’s world-class surf spots to really fire.

Cabo San Lucas was once a warm water getaway for California surfers looking to escape the cold. Today, Cabo San Lucas is a colorful vacation town that boasts 5-star resorts just steps from the world-class surf. However, with high-priced oceanfront resorts come overcrowded lineups. It’s still an amazing place to visit and surf, but if you’re looking to escape the crowds and the scene, then you’d better look elsewhere.

Beware: Traveling through Baja is a great adventure, but each region is filled with petty thieves, banditos, drug smugglers, and Federals that are always looking for a bribe. We advise you not to camp at any location by yourself. Always travel and surf with a large group.

Read Our Ensenada Surf Travel Guide.

Surfing in Northern Baja

Northern Baja remains relatively unchanged, as a place where traveling surfers can find perfect waves without the crowds. Some coastal developments and vacation residences have sprouted up in the larger towns of Ensenada and San Quintin. These towns are a good jumping-off point for surfing and exploring the wave-rich surrounding area.

Baja Malibu

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Baja Malibu Beach
Surf Location20 minutes south of the border, just above the Rosarito beaches
Best Swell DirectionNorthwest
Best TideMid
Best Wind DirectionNortheast or East
Best Surf SeasonWinter
Wave QualityNot named after the original Malibu in California. This spot is a fun beach break that is very consistent year-round. This place picks up a lot of swell and can get very big and hollow.
The SurfersCan get crowded on a good swell. Lots of traveling San Diego surfers check this spot, plus a good number of locals live right in front of the beach.
BoardsShortboard, fish, fun shape, longboard
Paddle OutModerate to difficult depending on the swell size
Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
BottomSand
Watch Out For…Rips and undertow
Water ConditionDirty/Polluted

Rosarito Beaches

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Rosarito Beaches
Surf Location30 minutes south of the border
Best Swell DirectionCombo swells are the best, ground swells can close out on larger sizes
Best TideMid
Best Wind DirectionEast
Best Surf SeasonYear round, but summer and fall are best
Wave QualityThe beach and breaks at Rosarito are numerous and varied. This is a long stretch of coast that is mostly beach break, with the biggest waves on the south end of the bay.
The SurfersNot usually crowded, plenty of room to spread out
BoardsShortboard, fish, fun shape, longboard
Paddle OutModerate, but can be tough depending on the swell
Skill LevelBeginner to Advanced
BottomSand
Watch Out For…Rips, undertows, sharks
Water ConditionDirty/Polluted

Mushrooms

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Calafia Mushrooms Beach
Surf LocationJust south of Calafia, in front of the big pink tower
Best Swell DirectionSouthwest, Northwest
Best TideIncoming high tide
Best Wind DirectionEast, Northeast
Best Surf SeasonSummer and Fall
Wave QualityRight-hand rock reef break. The bay is very shallow and laden with rocks, so it’s pretty dangerous.
The SurfersNot many surfers stop at this spot, but those that do score some really fun wavesk
BoardsShortboard, fish, fun shape, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelAdvanced
BottomReef, rocks
Watch Out For…Rocks, sharks, urchins
Water ConditionDirty

Calafia

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Surf LocationSix miles south of Rosarito Beach in front of Hotel Calafia
Best Swell DirectionSouthwest, West, or a large Northwest swell
Best TideHigh
Best Wind DirectionEast, Northeast
Best Surf SeasonBest summer and fall, but consistent all year
Wave QualityRight-hand point break
The SurfersWill get crowded during good swells
BoardsBig wave gun, shortboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelAdvanced
BottomRocks and sand
Watch Out For…Sharp rocks, urchins (wear booties)
Water ConditionDirty

Salsipuedes

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Surf Location51 miles south of the border
Best Swell DirectionNeeds a good size swell to start breaking, best from southwest to northwest
Best TideLow
Best Wind DirectionEast, Northeast
Best Surf SeasonSummer and Winter (??)
Wave QualityPerfect peeling right-hand point break. This is a heavy wave that races down the point. Definitely one of the best waves on the west coast.
The SurfersGets crowded. Traveling California surfers have this place wired.
BoardsShortboard, longboard
Paddle OutDifficult, these spots only break on large swells
Skill LevelExperienced surfers only
BottomRocks and sand
Watch Out For…The cliffs and rocks
Water ConditionRelatively clean

San Miguel

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San Miguel Beach
Surf LocationSan Miguel
Best Swell DirectionWest, Northwest
Best TideMid to high
Best Wind DirectionEast, Northeast
Best Surf SeasonWinter
Wave QualityVery fast right-hand point break. Consistently, one of the best waves in northern Baja. San Miguel is fast, powerful, and hollow.
The SurfersThis place gets crowded
BoardsShortboard, longboard
Paddle OutModerate to difficult; watch out for the sea urchins
Skill LevelBeginner to Advanced
BottomRocks
Watch Out For…Sharks, urchins
Water ConditionDirty/Polluted

Todos Santos (The Killers)

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Todos Santos Beach (The Killers)
Surf LocationIn the town of Ensenada. Todos Santos Island is only accessible by boat or jet ski.
Best Swell DirectionNorthwest, West
Best TideLow
Best Wind DirectionEast
Best Surf SeasonWinter
Wave QualityConsistently produces some of the biggest waves in the Pacific during the winter months. There are a variety of breaks around the island. Isla Natividad: World-class beachbreak. Killers: one of the original big wave surfing spots. Chicken’s and Thor’s Hammer are nearby and provide smaller waves for those not interested in large surf.
The SurfersThere are definitely crowds at these spots, mostly professionals and experienced surfers
BoardsBig wave gun, tow board and equipment, big wave shortboard
Paddle OutDifficult
Skill LevelExperienced surfers
BottomRock and sand
Watch Out For…Sharks, rocks
Water ConditionClean

Shipwrecks (Chainsaw Point)

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Shipwrecks (Chainsaw Point)
Surf Location120 miles south of the border just past Colonet at the shipwreck “Maria de Carmen”
Best Swell DirectionSouthwest and Northwest
Best TideIncoming high tide
Best Wind DirectionEast and Northeast
Best Surf SeasonSummer through Winter
Wave QualityMushy right-hand point break that can produce rides over 100 yards long. Good longboard wave. Generally smaller here than other area surf spots.
The SurfersThere is a resort on the point by the break, so it depends on the season
BoardsShortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle OutEasy to moderate
Skill LevelBeginner to Advanced
BottomSand and rock
Watch Out For…Getting tangled in the kelp
Water ConditionClean

The Seven Sisters Region

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The Seven Sisters Region
Surf LocationThis area stretches from Punta Cono to Punta Rosarito. About 400 miles south of the San Diego border.
Best Swell DirectionWest to Northwest. Most of these waves need a good-sized swell to start breaking.
Best TideLow – Mid
Best Wind DirectionEast or Northeast
Best Surf SeasonWinter
Wave QualityA series of awesome right-hand point breaks that peel perfectly. This stretch of coast resembles Morocco in terms of the numerous perfect right-hand point breaks available.
The SurfersThe water isn’t too crowded, unlike the beach which can be filled with campers at times
BoardsShortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle OutEasy to moderate most days
Skill LevelBeginner to Advanced
BottomFlat rocks and sand
Watch Out For…Terrible roads, Mexican development destroying the waves, kelp
Water ConditionMostly clean

Surfing in Southern Baja

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Southern Baja surf spots are very different from those in the Northern regions. Geographically, everything looks pretty much the same: dry desert mountains and cliffs that spill dramatically into the Pacific Ocean. However, water and air temps are generally much warmer in the south. Heavy wetsuits are not needed – a 3/2 at most during January/February when water temps drop to around 65 degrees. Plus, Southern Baja surf spots are more reliant on south to southwest swells to produce the best waves at area breaks.

La Bocana

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Surf LocationAbout 12 miles off of the main highway, Mexico 1
Best Swell DirectionSouthwest
Best TideIncoming high tide
Best Wind DirectionOffshore from the northwest
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityFun beachbreak waves
The SurfersNot very crowded
BoardsShortboard, fish, fun shape, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelBeginner to Advanced
BottomSand
Watch Out For…Rips, some rocks
Water ConditionClean

Scorpion Bay

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Surf LocationSan Juanico; requires off-road driving to access
Best Swell DirectionLarge southwest or west swells
Best TideHigh tide; low tide exposes the lava reefs and makes wipeouts brutal on your body
Best Wind DirectionEast or Northeast
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityLegendary right-hand point break. Scorpion Bay is actually a series of 6 point breaks that can all connect on bigger swells. Third point is the main draw – it’s fast and more hollow and peels for over 100 yards. Watch where the crowd sits to determine which point you want to surf.
The SurfersVery crowded, surfers camp for days and weeks waiting on Scorpion Bay to come alive
BoardsShortboard, fish, fun shape, longboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle OutLong but fairly easy
Skill LevelBeginner to Advanced
BottomSharp reef with sand
Watch Out For…Sharp volcanic rock
Water ConditionClean

Playa Pescadero

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Playa Pescadero Beach
Surf LocationSouth of Todos Santos near Km. 60
Best Swell DirectionSouth or Southwest
Best TideLow to incoming high tide
Best Wind DirectionEast
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityA right-hand reef break with excellent form
The SurfersCrowd-free
BoardsShortboard, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
BottomReef
Watch Out For…Sea urchins on the reef
Water ConditionClean

Playa Los Cerritos

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Surf LocationSouth of Playa Pescadero near Km. 64
Best Swell DirectionSouthwest or Northwest
Best TideLow to incoming high tide
Best Wind DirectionEast
Best Surf SeasonSummer and Winter
Wave QualityVery consistent right-hand point break that is good for all ability levels. Waves are pretty mellow so it’s a good beginners spot. But when a big swell hits, it’s for experienced surfers only.
The SurfersVery crowded, this is the most consistent spot in the area
BoardsShortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelBeginner to Advanced
BottomRock reef
Watch Out For…Reef, the crowd
Water ConditionClean

Monuments – Cabo San Lucas

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Surf LocationEast of Cabo San Lucas off Highway 1, near the Mission del Cabo Hotel
Best Swell DirectionWest-Southwest, South
Best TideLow incoming tide
Best Wind DirectionNortheast
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityVery consistent and powerful left-hand point break. Monuments gets hollow at lower tides, but is safer to surf at high tide.
The SurfersCan get crowded – this is one of the only left point breaks in the region
BoardsShortboard, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
BottomRocks, boulders
Watch Out For…Urchins, jellyfish
Water ConditionMostly clean

Old Man’s (Acapulquito) – Cabo San Lucas

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Surf LocationIn front of the Cabo Surf Hotel in the Costa Azul area. It’s the first break as you head into the Costa Azul area.
Best Swell DirectionSouth or Southwest
Best TideMid
Best Wind DirectionNorth
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityLong, mushy right-hand reef break that is perfect for beginners or chill longboarders
The SurfersPlenty of surfers frequent this spot. Lots of travelers.
BoardsFish, funboard, longboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle OutEasy
Skill LevelBeginner to Advanced
BottomReef and rock
Watch Out For…The crowds
Water ConditionClean

The Rock – Cabo San Lucas

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Surf LocationLocated between Playa Acapulquito and Zippers. The second breaks in the Costa Azul area.
Best Swell DirectionSouth, Southwest
Best TideIncoming
Best Wind DirectionNorth
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityAwesome right-hand reef break
The SurfersVery crowded with territorial locals, so mind your manners
BoardsShortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
BottomReef with exposed rocks
Watch Out For…Reef and rocks, this wave breaks in very shallow water
Water ConditionClean and clear

Zippers – Cabo San Lucas

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Surf LocationJust west of Cabo San Lucas
Best Swell DirectionSouth to Southwest
Best TideIncoming
Best Wind DirectionNorth
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityAwesome right-hand reef break
The SurfersVery crowded, everyone surfs here and accepts the madnesse
BoardsShortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
BottomReef
Watch Out For…Crowds
Water ConditionClean and clear

Shipwrecks – Cabo San Lucas

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Surf LocationVery hard to find. Shipwrecks is located in front of Rancho Rocas del Mar.
Best Swell DirectionSouth
Best TideIncoming
Best Wind DirectionNorth
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityAwesome right-hand point break. There is also a left at the other end of the bay. Stunning coastal scenery.
The SurfersNot too terribly crowded since it’s so difficult to get here. Typically more experienced and well-traveled surfers are here escaping the crowds.
BoardsShortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
BottomReef
Watch Out For…Getting lost or stuck in the sand
Water ConditionClean and clear

Nine Palms – Cabo San Lucas, Sea Of Cortez

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Surf LocationLook for a group of 9 palm trees around Rancho Santa Elena
Best Swell DirectionNeeds a strong south swell to break
Best TideIncoming
Best Wind DirectionNorth
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityFun right-hand reef break that is good for all ability levels
The SurfersNot too crowded due to lack of consistency
BoardsShortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelBeginner to Advanced
BottomReef
Watch Out For…Nothing
Water ConditionClean and clear

Punta Perfecta – Cabo San Lucas

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Surf LocationSouth of Vinorama
Best Swell DirectionNeeds a strong south swell to break
Best TideIncoming
Best Wind DirectionNorth
Best Surf SeasonSummer, May-October
Wave QualityPowerful right-hand point/reef break that is best for experienced surfers. Punta Perfecta does throw down some power and produces some great tubes.
The SurfersThis place doesn’t break too often, but when it does it gets very crowded
BoardsShortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle OutModerate
Skill LevelAdvanced
BottomReef
Watch Out For…Crowds and strong wipeouts
Water ConditionClean and clear
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In 2001, I discovered kiteboarding in Hawaii during windsurfing and immediately made my first transition. British titles followed and then PKRA, where, in my first competition, I secured a second place in freestyle and then in the waves. In 2008, I won all the stages of the KPWT Wave Masters world tour and became the world champion in kitesurfing, which I saved in 2009. In addition to the competitive side of sports. I also took part in long-distance kiteboarding trips to raise money for charity - I took a kiteboard from Ireland to Wales, and in 2006 from the Canary Islands to Morocco, a nine-hour non-stop transition of 140 miles. Now I compete less and spend most of my time combining kiteboarding with my other passion, yoga, through my Experience courses in Mauritius, Morocco and at home in Lanzarote.

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