Surfing Mexico's Scorpion Bay
Ever since the 1940s, when the first California surfers crossed the Mexican border in search of desolate point breaks and empty barrels, the Baja surf trip has become a rite of passage. These days, hordes from San Diego make regular day trips to northern Baja, causing jams at surf spots like K38 and Baja Malibu. For a less crowded classic Baja experience, go way south, either road-tripping from San Diego straight through Tijuana on Highway 1 to the town of San Juanico and Punta Pequeña, a.k.a Scorpion Bay, 16 dusty hours to the south, or flying to La Paz and driving north three and a half hours. In September, powerful south swells march up the coast and wrap into Scorpion Bay, and offshore winds can blow all day long, grooming the bay's six right-hand point-break waves to perfection. Most surfers set up camp along the cliffs overlooking the bay, old-school style (campsites are $12 per person per night, first come, first served; bring a tarp for shade and a bug-proof tent).