June 2, 2020 10:03 pm

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By Alex Navarro/Michelle Monroy

Southern Baja has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s, and stories about surfers jumping into a van and making the roadtrip down the Baja are very common to hear. Now we have plenty of flight options form all over the World, making Los Cabos an international surf destination. Who doesn't like the combo of surf and Mexico?

The beauty about surfing in Baja is that there are still plenty of uncrowded breaks to choose from, and you also have different scenery options. For this reason we’ve divided the surf spots into three different areas: the Pacific side, Cabo San Lucas & San José del Cabo, and The East Cape, all unique in their own way. Read more about these different areas of Los Cabos on page 48 and view our Tip of Southern Baja map on page 52 to locate the surf spots.

ON THE PACIFIC SIDE:

SAN PEDRITO

Round rock bottom with mostly rights, but has an awesome steep left with the right direction swell. When you arrive, you will get a feel of Hawaiian nature as you pass the tall grass and coconut trees on the narrow corridor on the way to the beach. This is an uncrowded beach and is an intermediate and advanced wave. Great for camping.
Level: Advanced
Direction: Right, left.
Location: Right before Todos Santos.

CERRITOS

This is the perfect spot to learn to surf and take surf lessons. The sand bottom beach offers the ideal wave for beginners and in the outer break the waves peak left and right and also there is the pointbreak which serves a huge right on big days. The surf schools on the beach are all amazing, so your experience is guaranteed no matter who you choose. If you’re staying in Cabo and you want to explore the Pacific side, Cerritos is a must.
Level: A​ll Levels
Direction: Right, left.
Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas-Todos Santos road.

Cerritos Beach

LA CURVA

This is a deep-water right point break with large rocks. Great camping site with very little people and surfers. Great wave for more advanced surfers.
Level: Advanced
Direction: Right​
Location: North of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific Side near Migriño.

LA PASTORA

A sandy beach and rocky point with peaks. Also, usually the best time is early morning before the wind starts. Definitely not a beginner wave. The biggest waves of the Pacific side of Baja Sur break here.
Level: Advanced
Direction: There are usually more right waves than lefts
Location: In Las Tunas town a few miles north of Todos Santos

EAST CAPE:

SHIPWRECKS

This spot is very popular for camping, and the wave is very fast. It is a right point break with some rock bottom mostly surfed by experienced surfers. Level: Advanced.
Direction: Right.
Location: East Cape, aprox 25 Km (about 40 minutes) from San José del Cabo.

LA FORTUNA

A very fun wave for everyone. The little town is growing and there is a sushi place and other bars. A lot of campers also. This break holds a lot of surfers and has many fun sections.
Level: all levels
Direction: Right, Left
Location: East Cape, in between Shipwrecks and Nine Palms.

NINE PALMS

A very long wave mostly ridden by long boarders. It is a right point break wave with reef bottom. The wind picks up in the day very often at this beach, so is it usually better early or late.
Level: All levels.
Direction: Long rights.
Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo.

PUNTA PERFECTA

Like its name says, it this is the perfect point. It can have huge peaks that go left and right with very steep and tall faces.
Level: Advanced/Intermediate
Direction: Right, Left
Location: In Vinorama in the East Cape

In Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo:

MONUMENTS

On the tip of the Baja Peninsula is Monuments wave, located straight across from the famous arch. This is an amazing left. It has a reef and rock bottom with many tricky large and small rocks on the entry.
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Direction: Right
Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas

LA BOCANA AT THE ESTUARY

Located at a river mouth, it has a sandy bottom with right and left peaks. Be prepared for a pretty long walk from the parking lot.
Level: Advanced.
Direction: Right, left.
Location: East side of the San José del Cabo’s main beach.

COSTA AZUL

Costa Azul consists of four breaks. Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the
Costa Azul bridge.

Acapulquito
This is a great wave for learning because it has a soft face and is quite long. It breaks mainly right, but has a great left that is shorter but steeper. It has a sandy and rocky reef bottom. This is a crowded break that can hold a lot of surfers. Mike Doyle's Surf School is located here.
Level: All levels.
Direction: Right, left.

The Rock or La Roca
A very fun and radical wave that breaks both right and left and is a favorite of intermediate and advanced surfers. Very rocky bottom with an easy take off spot next to the main rock.
Level: Advanced.
Direction: Right, left.

Pescaditos
Right next to La Roca is this very friendly wave that is popular for learning to surf. It has a nice smooth lip and face for easy take offs and pretty deep water to avoid hitting the bottom. It can break left or right.
Level: All levels.
Direction: Right.

Zippers
This is the wave where the Pro locals from San José go. It is a fast and steep right wave with tube potential. It has round rock bottom near the beach. This is an iconic wave of Cabo that has held many Pro contests, including the Los Cabos Open of Surf.
Level: All levels.
Direction: Right.

Monuments Beach

SEASONS:

June through November:
The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape.

December through February:
East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell.

March through May:
This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.