Punta San Carlos
The Location: Punta San Carlos is an undeveloped beach on the Pacific coast of Baja California, in Mexico, located 275 miles south of the San Diego–Tijuana border.
The Activity: Kitesurfing
Baja has plenty of kitesurfing hotspots, but none quite like Punta San Carlos, thanks to the near constant wind, the product of a microclimate where mountain mesas collide with the Pacific Ocean. The experience is as much about the waves as the wind — uncrowded, mile-long, perfect point break waves (no flat-water kitesurfing here). The only access is by driving 40 miles worth of car-eating dirt road or by flying a small plane into a primitive airstrip on the beach. Punta San Carlos is where the kitesurfing pros go to get away from the masses, where they hold their clinics, and where in-the-know adventure travelers come to play. Kevin Trejo, a California native, runs the only non-natural amenities within a 50-mile radius, including glamping-style tents outfitted with sleeping bags, pads, and pillows; hot showers, a gourmet kitchen, and fully stocked bar; an outdoor bar and lounge; and a game room equipped with TV/DVD, pool table, darts, and foosball.
What Else to Do: Trejo has all the gear you’d need for surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, and SUP-ing. There’s also more than 100 groomed miles through the Mexican desert for mountain biking (he has bikes, too), trail running, and hiking.
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