There are almost too many great surfing spots in Baja Mexico to count. Despite its slightly gruesome name (and even more gruesome nickname), Shipwrecks, also known as Chainsaw Point, consistently holds its own when placed side by side with Mexico’s other surf offerings. It’s a large beach area with a consistent stream of good waves so that you don’t have to fight for a turn on your board.
If you stay up-to-date with the surf happenings in Mexico, then you might have also heard Shipwrecks referred to as Punta San Jacinto. It goes by a lot of names. But its most commonly used name, Shipwrecks, comes from the abundance of ships that wrecked just off of its coast. A few of the ones that occurred nearest the beach can still be seen poking out of the water today. Simply put, the ocean around Punta San Jacinto is known to be treacherous.
Though Shipwrecks hasn’t been very kind to mariners, it has long been a favorite spot for baja surfing. The waves are generally around head height (five feet) and they come in consistently with a full shape that makes carving easy. They rarely get too big for beginners to handle though they still remain fun for experts. The biggest danger to keep an eye out for is the exposed shipwrecks – you definitely don’t want to crash into one of them!
One of the best parts about surfing at this spot in Baja Mexico is the fact that it rarely gets crowded. It’s a long drive south from Quatro Casas and not many tourists or locals stop by on a regular basis. It’s also out of the way for most casual surfers, so if you’re lucky (and you’re likely to be), you’ll have the waves all to yourself. On that same note, it’s a desolate area. It’s always smart to bring along a friend just to have someone around in case of an emergency.
Shipwrecks is a beautiful baja surfing spot. It is rare to find such smooth waves without the big crowds. Plus, the beach is nice and the sunken wrecks provide great scenery. To visit Shipwrecks catch the road near the El Presidente Hotel in San Jose Del Cabo. It’s a little road and is often unmarked, so stop in atthe hotel for directions if you’re having trouble finding the turnoff. Once you’re on the road, it’s a straight shot to the beach though. If you love riding the waves, then make sure that you visit Shipwrecks at least once.