Best Surf Spots In Baja California, Mexico

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Baja California is a beautiful coastal state located in the farther north-west of Mexico. As this state is covered by water on two sides, encompassing the majority of land area, it is home to several surf spots. Whether you are a beginner or a professional surfer, Baja California offers a wide range of surf lessons and beach activities for its visitors. It is a great place to enjoy the coastal beauty, Mexican food and lifestyle. If you are planning a trip to this stunning Mexican state, don’t forget to check out our list of the best surf spots in Baja California, Mexico.

1. San Miguel

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The best time to visit the San Miguel Escenada Surf point is during Autumn and Winter. This surf spot receives an amazing distant groundswell in the best directions. As San Miguel offers the best rippable wave in the Northern Mexico region, this town attracts a lot of surf enthusiasts. The wind swings in this surf spot happen every day like clockwork. In terms of consistent surfing experience, San Miguel doesn’t disappoint you even during the off-season days.

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2. K-38

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K-38 is one surf spot in Baja California that has big swells and both right and left surfing. Explore the high tides of these surf spots as close as 10 to 12 ft (3m to 3.6m). Enjoy the epic right surfing at K-38. When it comes to left surfing it is advised to look out for the shallow spots. There are a number of surf resorts at K-38 that offer a wide range of sea surfing activities in the best times of the day.

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3. Rosarito Beach

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Rosarito Beach is a spectacular resort town on Baja California, which is a great surf and nightlife destination. The waves at this surf spot are quite great, even for beginners in surfing. This beach offers a number of options for fun family water activities. You can also enjoy horse-back riding on the Rosarito Beach. The ideal time to go surfing on this beach is during the spring and summers. You can also rent surfboards and wet suits on this beach at a reasonable price.

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4. Popotla

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Popotla is another interesting surf point on Baja Norte, that has a pretty consistent surf during autumn and winter seasons. The offshore winds in this surf point blow in the south-eastern direction offering both left and right surfing. Popotla is a less-crowded surf point on Baja California. There are rocks submerged under the water at the Popotla point. Hence, when surfers have to watch out for rocks at this spot.

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5. Las Gaviotas

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Break through the Tijuana sludge and drift through the curves on the coastal highways at the Las Gaviotas beach. You can enjoy stand-up paddleboard surfing at this beach when the waves are small. When the waves are walling up, you can ride the waves on both long and shortboards. This beach has long, medium and small-sized waves that create a wonderful opportunity for beginners to advanced surfers. This is a great surf point to enjoy the waves at Baja California, Mexico.

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6. Isla Natividad

Isla Natividad
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Isla Natividad is a beautiful island on the Pacific Ocean located on Baja California Sur’s north-western headland. This island offers a lot of water sports activities such as deep-sea diving, kayaking, surfing, and so on. You can reach this island by taking a boat to Punta Eugenia from Baja and then a panga ride to Isla Natividad. You can also reach this island on a small bumpy plane ride. Although it is an excruciating process to travel to this Island, the surf experience it offers is worth all the pain.

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7. Punta Abreojos

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Punta Abreojos is a great beach in the Baja California Sur area, offering a wide range of options for kitesurfing and windsurfing. This fishing town offers great surfing opportunities during the summer. Punta Abreojos receives winds from the north and the north-west. You will be able to enjoy right-side surfing at this spot, the ideal swells are in the south and southwestern direction. This surf spot is not crowded often and hence you can experience the complete joy of ripping the waves.

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8. Scorpion Bay

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Scorpion Bay is located on the San Juanico bay of Baja California Sur, and it has four stunning surf spots. The surf points at Scorpion Bay have long waves that last more than a minute. This surf point has the most stunning rights that offer a number of fun rides. With a minimum crowd, Scorpion Bay is indeed a great place to enjoy surfing during the summer. There are also a number of accommodations on the Scorpion Bay that offer comfortable stays.

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9. La Pastora

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La Pastora in Baja California Sur is an exposed point that offers a consistent surfing experience throughout the year. The offshore winds from the northwestern direction offer amazing surf opportunities. The pounding waves at this beach are for experienced surfers. Hence, if you are a professional surfer looking for long waves and deep groundswells, La Pastora is a great spot to explore. It is also fun to watch surfers pierce through the waves as you rest on the sandy shore enjoying the sun.

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10. Cerritos Beach

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Cerritos Beach, with the hill on the shore, its dunes and pristine blue waves, attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced surfer, Cerritos Beach has so much fun to offer. Whether you are a longboarder or a shortboard surfer, this beach has great waves that make surfing a wonderful experience. Cerritos Beach has the best breaks and peaky waves that advanced surfers will love riding along. Although the beach waves are mostly on the right, you can also enjoy left surfing.

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Amazing surf spots in Baja California

There are several beaches on Baja Norte that have peaky, piercing waves and spectacular groundswells that add more fun to the overall surfing experience. The winds are also favorable to enjoy deep-sea surfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboard surfing in these surf points. If you are looking for the best surfing experience in Mexico, Baja California surf spots are the most amazing options to check out.

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