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).
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