A Baja road trip filled with sun, surf, and sightseeing is many surfers’ dream. Luckily, it is a reasonably easy dream to make true. Before hunkering down and figuring out the tedious details of your road trip (mode of transportation, lodging, getting into Mexico), you should come up with a road trip plan, a travel itinerary. Below is one of the best Baja Mexico road trips for surfers that only covers the north part of the peninsula.
Start your road trip by heading south through the San Diego/Tijuana border. Make sure that you are equipped with your passport, driver’s license, Mexico insurance, and tourist card. The border crossing can be busy at times, so try and get an early start.
Many road tripping surfers tend to skip by Tijuana, eager as they are to get to the well-known reef breaks a bit farther south. However, if you’re smart, then a quick stop at the Playas de Tijuana can be a great way to kick of a Baja road trip. The waves are reasonably sized, the waters aren’t too crowded, and you can actually see San Diego from the beach. The Playas de Tijuana will get you
pumped up for more.
While you’ll need to make lodging reservations on your own, it should be noted that Tijuana is one of the most dangerous places in Baja Mexico at night. If you are planning on staying for a night in the city, then make sure that it is at a well-secured hostel, motel, or resort – don’t try camping in the area. However, a quick stop at Playas de Tijuana should leave you plenty of time to drive farther south to another destination while there is still plenty of daylight.
The next region that you will come to if you continue heading south along the coast of the Baja Peninsula is the Rosarito area. There are several top-quality surfing spots in this area. The most popular is Baja Malibu and, like its name implies, it is reminiscent of Malibu, California. Though it can be crowded, it is a spot that you don’t want to miss. The waves roll in smooth and glassy from the Pacific, and if you wait your turn, you’ll have the ride of your life.
Rosarito Beach is another well-known surfing spot in the Rosarito area. It is worth adding to your Baja road trip itinerary. Rosarito Beach offers multiple miles of surf breaks to pick and choose from. The surf is good but not nearly as good as Baja Malibu to the north and not anywhere near as good as the surf farther to the south. However, it’s worth a stop, especially if you feel like socializing for a bit. Rosarito Beach is known for its friendly atmosphere and numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs.
The next stop to consider surfing at is the Calafia area which is just a few miles south of Rosarito. The best break in Calafia is widely regarded as Mushrooms. The break at Mushrooms regularly produces good-sized waves. They commonly reach between head high (five feet) and double overhead high (ten feet). Another benefit of Mushrooms is that it is rarely crowded.
Drive south a little farther along the road in Baja and you will come to a spot named K-38 after the kilometer marker on its turnoff from the highway. K-38 is a surf spot that is suited for beginners to experts. It is made up of four beach breaks that each offers a different type of wave.
After you hit up K-38, the next reasonably well-known surf spot that you will pass is La Fonda. The spot is located at kilometer 58 on the main highway. In addition to having terrific waves, La Fonda has a very safe and pleasant campground. It is one of the best midway points to plan an overnight stop at. Better yet, the camping area is located on the top of a bluff which offers great views of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
(It is worth mentioning here that there are a ton of great surfing spots all along the coast. In fact, there are too many to count. Many of them don’t even have names. This sample Baja surfing itinerary is only listing the main spots, the popular spots that you should base your road trip around.)
A good night of resting up at La Fonda is needed before pushing down the road to the Islas de Todos Santos – one of the gnarliest surfing spots in all of Baja. Professional surfers consider the waves at Todos Santos to rival the biggest in Hawaii. If that doesn’t tell you that they are huge, then nothing will. Even if your skills aren’t up for the big waves at Todos, it is worth taking the ferry out to the island (the break is on an island a few miles out from Ensenada) just to see them. It really is an unbelievable experience.
Baja Mexico is an area that is famous for its beaches and its surfing. Though the spots listed here definitely don’t make up the whole of the region, they do offer a good basic itinerary for a surfing road trip in Baja Norte – the northern part of the peninsula.