Mexico: Learn to Surf in Baja
Baja’s laid-back vibe, deserted beaches, and cheap tacos have been luring surfers south in winter for 50-plus years. While a lot has changed (see Spring Break in Cabo), the tiny fishing and farming village of El Pescadero—set beneath the lush Sierra de la Laguna mountains and between the legendary Los Cerritos and San Pedrito breaks—remains a sleepy outpost of authentic, old-school Baja desert and has a beach break that’s perfect for learning to surf off-grid.
THE ACTION: Just south of town, the sandy-bottomed beach break at Los Cerritos is great for beginners. If northwest swells are making the rocky point break fire, paddle out and try catching the fast, peaky wave while it lasts. But until you’re on firm enough footing, steer clear of the advanced point break north of town at Pedrito. On a day off, hire a local pangero fisherman to take you out in search of hard-fighting tuna, red snapper, and marlin, and grill them up later.
LIVING IT UP: There are a handful of surf camps in town, but the best is Rancho Pescadero, a breezy oceanfront inn that sources its food locally and provides free access to a quiver of surfboards.
ESSENTIAL CARRY-ON: Protect yourself from Baja’s relentless rays with the classic, form-fitting Billabong Iconic long-sleeve rash guard.
GETTING THERE: Fly into Los Cabos; drive an hour and 15 minutes north to El Pescadero.
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