Many of you traveling to San Diego with your passports may have forgotten the fact that Mexico is so close! Once you’ve taken a few surf lessons with us here at Pacific Surf, you may feel comfortable and confident enough to go out on your own. While there are many beautiful breaks here in San Diego, we’d be cheating you by not sharing the local knowledge of the surf breaks in Mexico. Below we have listed our favorite surf spots down south. These surf spots are safe for tourists. We recommend you do more research and even check the inclusive packages with Baja Surf Mexico we offer.
Our first recommendation is Rosarito Beach. This break can be compared to many in Southern California. Rosarito is roughly a 22-mile drive over the border. You can also walk across the border and taxi to the beach. Baja Malibu, which is accessible from the toll road, produces powerful, consistent hollow waves on a south swell. A few miles south, Rosarito Beach is a beach break with sandbars that create consistently good chest to shoulder-high waves with the potential for many peaks. Just past Rosarito Beach is K-38. K-38 is a right-hand reef point break. You will hear many surfers in San Diego mention K-38 as it is very popular among the San Diego locals. Parking in town and access to beaches is no problem at Rosarito Beach, but K-38 can be difficult get to due to condo development. These beaches, though in Mexico, still warrant the need for a wetsuit depending on your resistance level.
Ensenada and San Miguel
Our next recommendation is a little further down the toll road. Roughly 70 or so miles down the toll road is Ensenada, a town built around an infamous bar that opened in 1892 called Hussong’s Cantina. This port town on the northern shores of Bahia de Todos Santos also is the birthplace of both the Margarita and Mexican surfing. San Miguel, just below the Ensenada toll plaza on the outskirts of town, was the first spot to draw the attention of Southern California surfers in the 1960s, and because of the consistency of the premium-quality point break waves it produces, it’s still considered one of the best breaks in northern Baja. Entry is over urchin-covered boulders, but its fast, fun, hollow pipes compare to Trestles on its best day. San Miguel is easy to find off the toll road, and there’s a campground with 100 sites and a nifty little cantina right on the sand.
Todos Santos Island
About 12 miles offshore from Ensenada, in Bahia de Todos Santos, is Todos Santos Island. On the west side of the island is a spot called Killers. Killers is a world-class big wave break on par with Supertubes in South Africa or Mavericks in Northern California. Killers births rolling barrels with faces that can grow as high as 60 feet. Todos Santos is considered one of the biggest paddle in waves in the world. The island can only be accessed by boat from Ensenada. We recommend bringing a full wetsuit and hoodie. This water comes up from a deep-water canyon and can be very cold.
Just south of Acapulco in the state of Oaxaca is Puerto Escondido. This is our last recommendation for you travel surfers. Puerto Escondido, most often referred to as the Mexican Pipeline, is the biggest break on the Mexican mainland. This giant beach break produces both left and right barrels that literally bomb the beach with bone-crunching, board-breaking power. There are definitely enough close-out waves to share so choosing the right wave takes knowledge and experience. The beach breaks at 20 feet plus, and tow-in surfing is popular. However, surfers have to bring their own tow boards and crews. Similar to Killers, this is a beach for experienced big-wave riders.