Baja surfing became popular in the 1940’s and has continued to draw surfers and travelers south for fun, adventure, and serenity. The baja landscape is one of rustic desert and sparse mountains that melt into the Pacific. Accounts of amazing right pointbreaks and big wave reef spots continue to attract surfers to explore the convenient spots just across the Mexican border and trek to remote spots down the Baja Peninsula.
Just south of the US/Mexico border, a quick drive from San Diego, you will find easily accessible, above average waves at favorite spots like Baja Malibu, K-38, and Campo Lopez. Developments are popping up in the region but Baja Norte is slow to significant change. Ensenada is a good central point to start exploring. Popular spots like K-40 or Rauls do get crowded, especially on the weekends during a good winter swell.
As you make your way to Central and Southern Baja, the water gets warmer and the terrain gets dustier. At the southern tip is Cabo San Lucas. Cabo is a crowded and expensive party town, and acts as a main hub for good and great spots, like Nine Palms, Zippers, or Monuments, especially in the summer on a southwest swell. Baja has something for everyone, serene blue waters or high octane surf scenes, convenient locations or remote destinations, and everything in between.