Los Cabos offers hundreds of miles of possibilities along two amazing coastlines, the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean. With its relatively easy, consistent, warm water waves, unending supply of beer and tequila, beautiful desert landscape coupled with luxury villas and condos and its proximity to ever-growing Southern California, it's no wonder the area around Cabo San Lucas has become a surfing playground.
Cabo is generally divided into three main areas: the south-facing East Cape, which lies to the east of San Jose del Cabo and is most famous for its proliferation of fickle, silky right point breaks; the southeast facing Costa Azul, just southwest of San Jose del Cabo, right on the tip of the peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, which is known for its reasonably consistent - and crowded - rock reef breaks; and the west facing Pacific Coast, northwest of Cabo San Lucas, which is known best for its dependable beach and rock-reef breaks. With this in mind it is quite easy to state that you can find a wave no matter what level of surfer you are or want to become. So grab a board and get in the water!
Stand Up Paddling, or SUP, is similar to surfing except the paddler utilizes a canoe type paddle to move through the water while standing on an oversized surfboard. Contrary to surfing however, stand up paddling doesn't require an ocean or waves. To experience the thrill of SUP, one simply needs any body of water including lakes, rivers, estuaries, lagoons, reservoirs, harbors, ponds, etc.
Stand Up Paddling originated on the shores of Hawaii. The general consensus among surf historians is that entrepreneurial "Beach Boy" surf instructors on the beaches of Waikiki would paddle over to ride waves. Fast-forward to the late 90's when legendary waterman Laird Hamilton and a core community of big wave surfers on Maui re-introduced the sport of stand up paddle surfing as a phenomenal cross-training activity that kept them in the water regardless of conditions.
June-August is Southern Baja's busiest and best surf season. Infrequent hurricane swells (called chubascos) can send perfect southeast swell up to the East Cape's nooks and crannies. (Of course the hurricanes can just as easily come ashore and blow everything all to hell, so it's important to monitor their progress). Meanwhile solid New Zealand and other Southern Hemisphere swells send waves to the East Cape, the Cabo area and the Pacific Coast offering everything from punchy beach break to perfect, silky point breaks. The weather is very hot and humid, often in the 100s on the East Cape and 90s elsewhere - and the water is warm on both coasts, though the Pacific is usually from 5 to 10 degrees colder than the East Cape due to upwelling. It's a good idea to bring a spring suit.
September-November can be the best time to visit Southern Baja for a few reasons: the kids have gone back to school and the Christmas vacationers haven't yet invaded. South swells are still reasonably common, bringing slightly infrequent surf to the East Cape and Costa Azul, and west swells have started in earnest, causing pretty consistent surf on the Pacific Coast. Water temps are starting to cool down, but are still way warmer than Southern California; bring a spring suit and a 3/2mm, just in case.
December-February tends to be the most popular time for tourists to visit the Baja. Prices go up, traffic can get bad, and the lineups can get crowded with novice and intermediate surfers as thousands of folks fly south to escape winter's icy grip on the rest of North America . The East Cape is pretty much flat. Costa Azul isn't much better, but the Pacific Coast spots that are exposed to west swell can light up for days on end, with superclean conditions. Again, you may need anything from a spring suit to a 3/2mm full suit, depending on the year.
March-May, like anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, is a transition time. Keep in mind, though, according to local records, May is actually the most consistent month for south swells, so it could be a good transition. Winds can be bad during this time, though, as the howling springtime North Westers on the Pacific side blow right into the North Easters on the East Cape. But the swells are reasonably frequent and the crowds are nowhere near what they are during the summer or winter school holiday season, so springtime is actually a good time to plan a visit.
Close to Todos Santos, at Km. 65 Trans peninsular highway, beach break, fast, breaks both ways, beginners to experts. This area has seen a increase in popularity in the recent years, going from a camping hang out to having full service facilities and a beach bar.
This right point break is located on the way to Todos Santos at Km. 75, needs a large north or south swell so keep an eye on the surf forecast.
Located on the Pacific side of Lovers Beach, this is the preferred spot for skim boarders.
Located near Cabo San Lucas at Km. 6.5 in Tourist Corridor with the exit at Misiones del Cabo. These are some tricky left breaks where most experts and even pro’s go for the thrill of a good ride.
The powerful, strong waves break left and right. A surfers dream for choices. Again these waves are strong and fast and are only recommended for advanced to expert surfers. Located at the half way point between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
Located in San Jose del Cabo, this beach is world famous for its many different breaks. Annual competitions occur here through out the season, bringing in the top riders from around the globe. Zippers: right breaks for the more advanced and experts go there to enjoy themselves. La Roca: also right breaks more advanced and experts go there to enjoy themselves. This is not a recommended beach for beginners. Acapulquito: adjacent to Cabo Surf Hotel. These are also tight breaks everybody here is welcome as these waves are great for beginners and are still fun for advanced surfers.
Located between Puerto Los Cabos and the Presidente Hotel at spot where the San Jose Estuary drains into the sea. When the conditions are right, the waves peak over a shallow sandbar offering a variety of left and right breaks.
If you drive for about forty minutes along the East Cape road, you'll find this south swell only reef break.
Nice long right point break, but sometimes sloppy. A small grove of palm trees is the marker for this spot.