If you are looking for good Baja Surfing look no further than right over the border. Baja Surfing offers something that you just can't find in San Diego, "NO CROWDS". This is not entirely true, due to the popularity of Baja Surfing some breaks great crowded like K-38, however it is still far less of a crowded than almost all Sothern California breaks. When Surfing in Baja you may notice that the water temperature is about 3 to 5 degrees colder than it is in San Diego, so bring a full suit. All in all Baja Surfing offers good times, good food and cheap Cerveza (beer to you gringos). Below are a list of some of the more popular Baja Surf breaks:
Powerful beach break. It is one of the thickest waves around, Not for beginners, Baja Malibu is where San Diego surfers go to get some top to bottom barrels and power. This wave is very consistent, and breaks both in summer and winter, and it is best on medium to low tides, just as your
holidays to Sharm El
Sheikh in the Egyptian coast.
Location:15 miles from the border. Take the Baja Malibu exit from the toll road and park on the dead-end street on the
north side of the Baja Malibu housing development. It costs $3 to park which includes a free shower. This wave is very consistent, and breaks both in summer and winter, and it is best on medium to low tides.
Location:15 miles from the border. Take the Baja Malibu exit from the toll road and park on the dead-end street on the north side of the Baja Malibu housing development. It costs $3 to park which includes a free shower.
Swell Direction: Best on Winter West swellsCalafia is a wave that most surfers check but never surf. Calafia is a right point break that reels on a big south. It needs an extremely big swell to make this point break. Rumor has it that it gets near perfect. Calafia is a fast racy wave that gets mushy on the inside. It is protected from the winds so it stays glassy.
Location:Km 35.5, Six miles south of Rosarito Beach on the free road
(Old Highway 1)
Swell Direction: Extremely big South, worth checking on a big North.
K-38 is a right hand point break and one of the best known spots in Northern Baja. This means that if there are waves you will definitely find a crowd at K-38. It is a fun mushy right reef break, which can get hollow on medium to low tides. Booties are recommended due to the rock reef. Not as fun to surf at extreme low tides. K-38 is easy to check out and easy to get to, which is another reason why it gets so crowded.
Location: From the San Diego border it’s about 45 minutes. It’s located off of the free road (Old Highway 1), at Km 38.
Swell Direction: Breaks best on a South, but it will take a west or a Northwest if they are big enough.
Salsipuedes is a right point break, mostly breaks on bigger swells. Better at lower tides. When it's working, this right point gets extremely heavy and juicy, not for beginners. The best camping and gnarliest access road north of Ensenada. Both waves break on any swell direction, but the point needs to be 6 to 8 feet to work. The road to Salsipuedes is very steep, and its dirt, so any kind of rain and the road back out gets very hard to manage. This is what its name means: "Leave if you can." Parking or camping is $5-$10.
Location: Km 87, just 51 miles south of the border on the toll road, take the Salsipuedes exit then journey down onto the tortuous dirt road to the beach.
Swell Direction: Breaks best on big summer South’s, but it can handle most swells. Don’t even bother checking it if the waves are small everywhere else.
San Miguel is a crowded, fast point break, San Miguel is one of Baja's premier waves. This right-hander is best during a west or northwest swell. On bigger days it will wrap around a point and sometimes you can just surf the second point. The paddle-out can be slippery with spiny sea urchins at times, so wear booties. The kelp beds on the outside keep it glassy on windy days. Beginners beware the locals will hassle you sometimes so be careful not to leave your boards out in the open, they could get stolen. Pitch a tent on the beach for eight bucks a night. For a few more dollars, RVs can plug into one of 30 hookups.
Location:The San Miguel turnoff is immediately after the last toll booth before Ensenada, 61 miles from the border.
Swell Direction: Breaks best on West or Northwest swells.
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