Surfing in Mexico: June to September is the best season! Many of the tournaments and contests are in Baja, but now the beaches are open for the rest of the surfers! Time to tie the long-board on top of the VeeDub and head for a south-facing beach south of the border!
Surfing Mexico Conditions
The conditions are similar to those in San Diego, the water temp the same (quite cold) but the key difference is there is rarely a crowd. We all know surfers hate to share the waves!
There is a beach between Rosarito and Ensenada, that is visited all year round by surfers from all over the world. Such beaches include Baja Malibu, Rosarito’s K-38 & 39, La Fonda and San Miguel. Another great place for surfers is at the Todos Santos Bay in Ensenada, known for its vast and raging waves.
Mexico Surf Reminders
In any event, remember visitors to the northern part of Baja don’t need passports or tourist cards if staying in the country for 72 hours or less. If you plan to stay longer or travel beyond Ensenada, you’ll need to obtain a tourist card. You are required to show proof of citizenship.
Living in Southern Cal, well I wouldn’t drive all the way there to surf. No, I’d camp with friends, or have a luxury hotel on the beach reserved! I’d have shopping plans, eating plans, and perhaps ride a horse on the beach or check out the sea turtle preserve.
Final Tips for Tourists
Also, it is Napoleonic down there when it comes to crime: you are guilty until proven innocent! You must have Mexican car insurance, or carry enough cash to pay for damages otherwise (not a good idea, however). Impounding your car, and taking you to jail are options for local police if you don’t have insurance. Also, with complete coverage, your car is covered for total theft.
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