Surfing isn’t all about catching the biggest waves or doing the coolest tricks. In fact, the sport has always been mainly about having fun and chilling with your friends, and that’s exactly what the Baja beach at La Fonda offers – fun times, good-sized waves, and a couple of great restaurants to grab a cheap bite to eat at when the sun starts to set.
There aren’t usually a ton of locals that surf La Fonda. Actually, there isn’t usually a ton of anybody at all. It’s a relatively uncrowded beach near Rosarito Mexico, just about 10 miles south of San Diego/Tijuana, and this just makes the surf all the better. An abundance of nicely shaped waves makes sharing and divvying up the swells easy.
Speaking of the swells, they form from a nicely shaped beach break. They come in from both the right and left sides, but are a little bit mushy and tend to break early. However, they’re fast and powerful so you can ride the right one for a long ways.
The waves at La Fonda (Baja, Mexico) are all good-sized. The best waves are about shoulder high (four feet) but you will occasionally see ones that are head high (five feet). The head high waves are a little tricky to handle, so if you’re a beginner, you’ll probably want to steer clear of them. Other than that, the waves at La Fonda work well for beginners and experts alike.
It costs $5 to park at La Fonda and the views from the parking lot are alone worth the small fee. The lot is situated at the top of a steep cliff with ocean views and getting your first glimpse of the waves from the vantage point is inspiration enough for a strong day of surfing. If you’re planning a multiple day surfing trip (and hopefully you are!), then you can camp overnight at La Fonda for $7. The crowd at the campground is usually cheery and friendly – there are good vibes all around.
La Fonda is located at the 58 KM on the Mexico toll road in Baja. To reach it you should take the Alisitos exit and follow Old Highway 1 (Mexico 1), also known as the free road, to the La Fonda campground. The day parking lot is also located at the campground. If you’re into surfing, your Mexico surf trip should include La Fonda in Baja high on your “surf bucket list.” It really is that good.