Best Surf Spots near Rosarito Beach –
Between Tijuana and Ensenada Northern Baja
California has some excellent surfing, particularly on a south
or southwest swell. Conditions are somewhat similar to Southern
California. The months from October to April typically call
for a full suit, with water temperatures ranging from high 50’s
to mid 60’s. Swells during this period typically come from the
west to northwest and are fairly consistent. Summer months offer
spring suit to trunk conditions with temperatures ranging from
high 60’s to mid 70’s. Swells typically range from south to
southwest during this time of year with slightly less consistency.
Below are some of the better breaks in the area with a little
information on each.
Baja Malibu ~ K22 (Located at approximately the kilometer 22
sign on the toll road)
Baja Malibu is probably the most consistent break north of
Rosarito Beach and one of the best beach breaks overall in
northern Baja. It pulls in most swells from the south all
the way to the northwest. The waves here are usually more
powerful than elsewhere and can be hollow. Access is easy.
Look for the Baja Malibu sign on the toll road just south
of the Real del Mar Golf Resort. San Antonio del Mar ~ K22
Beach break located off the toll highway north of Rosarito
Beach. Keep your eyes open for the San Antonio del Mar sign
while driving on the toll road.
Rosarito Beach ~ K29 - K34
Long sandy beach stretching
from just south of Festival Plaza Hotel north to the Rosarito
Beach power plant. Waves are fairly inconsistent here, but
on any given day conditions can be excellent. A pier has recently
been added off the Rosarito Beach Hotel, which may provide
some relief in the way of sandbars. There is also a pier and
a jetty near the northern end of the beach.
Nice right point break below
the Calafia Hotel a few miles south of Rosarito Beach. Take
the free road south until you see the Calafia Hotel. There
is parking on the cliff south of the hotel. Provides an excellent
right point on south to southwest swells. It also breaks on
west to northwest swells, but is often mushy. Look out for
shallow rocks during low tides.
Offers a nice reef break with
lefts and rights and an excellent right point. Access is now
somewhat restricted due to condominium development on the
cliff. Used to be an excellent hang out and camping site.
Still can provide one of the better waves in northern Baja
on a good day.
Nice beach located below the
Halfway House Restaurant appropriately named as it is approximately
the halfway point between Tijuana and Ensenada. This wave
is not very consistent, but can provide some power when lack
of swell makes the reefs and points too mushy.
La Fonda ~ K65
One of the best beach breaks
in Northern Baja. Like most breaks in the area, it is usually
best on a south to west swell direction. A good place if you
are preferential to lefts. Best on higher tides.
Salsipuedes ~ K87
Literal translation is “leave
if you can”. If you attempt to take the access road any time
near a storm you will see why. This reef break provides a
nice wave on most medium to large swells. If it is small the
wave may be mushy or non-existent. The access road is located
a few miles past the El Mirador “the view point” as you navigate
down the grade toward San Miguel.
San Miguel ~ K99
San Miguel is possibly the
most famous spot in the area and probably the best when it
is on. Take the San Miguel exit by the third and final tollbooth.
The wave is an excellent right point that breaks on most west
to northwest swells. If the swell is too south or southwest,
it will be blocked out by Todos Santos and Punta Banda. This
is one of your better bets during the winter and spring months
although it is a fairly long trip from Rosarito Beach.
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