Surf Season Is Here
Surfing in Cabo San Lucas offers diversity in location, break direction, level of difficulty and some of the greatest coastal scenery you’re likely to experience anywhere in the world. When it comes to where to be when, there’s a pretty simple but effective rule to apply. Spring and Summer is Sea of Cortez time, Fall and Winter belong to the Pacific side of the Cape. That doesn’t mean you can’t surf each side all year. In fact, Cabo is a year-round surfing destination, but like anywhere else, timing means everything and certain times of the year are just historically better than others. The Summer months of June through August bring storms with their winds pushing swells.
Los Cabos Open Surf
Surf season officially gets underway June 6 – 11 when Cabo welcomes the return of the Los Cabos Open Surf to Zipper’s Beach at Playa Costa Azul. Since 2013, the Los Cabos Open Surf has been the premier professional surf and music event in Mexico. Each year young surfers from all over the world come to Cabo to compete in this World Surfing League (WSL) qualifying series and pro-junior event. Surfers compete in three and four contestant heats and accumulate points towards qualifying for the World Tour and Championship. A miniature boardwalk is constructed to facilitate the event. Local vendors are on hand serving a variety of food and beverages, including a full bar, for the fans. The competition begins just after sunrise and continues throughout the day. Locals and visitors gather in beach chairs, under umbrellas and large tents to witness truly great surfing from the Los Cabos Open Surf contestants.
Cabo Surf Break Locations
There are lots of “secret” surf breaks and we’d tell you about them, but then we’d have to… well you know. Seriously, here’s the Los Cabos surf breaks we can tell you about.
Monuments is a left point break that can get a little tricky. This spot is best saved for the seasoned or expert surfer. You’ll find this break just east of Cabo San Lucas off of Highway 1. Look for a statue or monument at the entrance near the Missiones del Cabo hotel in the Cabo corridor. The break is located below the hotel’s restaurant. Monuments can offer decent size breaks even when the rest of the area is flat.
2. Zipper’s, Acapulquito & La Roca
World famous Zipper’s beach is the closest break to San Jose del Cabo. Located just west of the town, it offers up a fun, fast right break and is the site of numerous surf competitions. Unfortunately, with fame comes crowds and if you are hoping to find a wide-open ocean, chances are you won’t. If you can handle fighting for position you will be rewarded with a nice long ride as the reef structure creates a long break when the size is there.
On the way from San José del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas, this is a right breaking swell that offers good surfing for beginners as well as advanced surfers. Another good spot along the Costa Azul shore this is also a right break forming off a rock outcropping. On a good day, the ride is a bit over one hundred yards. Light swells produce 3-4 footers but the occasional push from tropical storms can push it to 6-10 feet in the right swell.
3. La Bocana at the San José Estuary
Find the Holiday Inn Hotel at the north end of Hotel Row in San José del Cabo and walk out to the beach. This is a sandbar break that can get good especially after storms have built up the sandbar. Left and right breaks can build to double overhead but watch out for a mean shore break at low tide.
Off the beaten path and best accessed by 4-wheel drive vehicles, Shipwrecks is one of the more famous breaks that is usually un-crowded. The drive into this area boasts some of the most amazing coastal scenery you’re likely to ever see. Not well marked, you’ll need to keep a sharp eye out for a small development named Rancho Rocas del Mar, the first break is just south. Shipwrecks is most productive during a strong southerly swell. Further north are Nine Palms, Punta Perfecta and Los Frailes.
5. El Tule
You will find this spot in the middle of the Cabo Tourist Corridor adjacent to Chileno Bay. This is a strong break that goes both ways with speed and is best left to the expert surfer.
All these locations, and more, are located on our Los Cabos Surf Break Map.
Cabo Real Estate for Surfing
The La Residencia condominiums rest directly on Zipper’s Beach and adjacent to The Rock and Acapulquito breaks. You cannot get closer to the water than this luxurious development. This small enclave of only thirteen luxury residences, features panoramic sea views from Palmilla to Punta Gorda, and beautifully designed living spaces just above the sand. The beautiful, spacious Penthouse unit features four spacious bedrooms, three complete baths in an oversized, great room concept. Cathedral ceilings with beams, hurricane windows and two oceanfront balconies; one private off the large master suite.
The La Residencia A2 second floor condo boasts a 3 bedroom/3.5 bath residence, completely furnished, ready for move-in. A beautiful open cook’s kitchen with top-end finishes. Wide open indoor spaces and outdoor living terraces on the sea side make this unit a beach-lover’s paradise.
The fourth floor B4 residence, with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths is fully and gorgeously furnished, ready for move-in with an open gourmet kitchen with top-end finishes.
Resort amenities include garages, 24-hour gated security, a commercial kitchen for caterers, a large pool just above the waves, surf storage, wine lockers and workout facility. La Residencia is the ideal surfer’s abode.
The Tortuga Bay Penthouse offers the best view of San José bay and is located near the La Bocana surf break. A dedicated elevator opens only to this gloriously spacious, fabulously close-in trophy home featuring 7000 square feet of elegant indoor/outdoor living, with 4 exceptional bedrooms and 4.5 lavish baths. Superbly crafted with tasteful traditional and artisan finishes and materials, this elegant residence features your very own infinity pool, SubZero/Viking-appointed kitchen with wine storage and an open floor plan that proffers perfect entertainment and relaxation areas, as well as two King and two Double-Queen bedrooms for family and guest privacy, each with views of the waves below.
Nothing says elegance like Palmilla and Casa Trentadue meets the definition. This contemporary stunner espouses traditional architectural aspects that truly set it apart from its peers. A marvellous four bedroom, four-and-one-half bath home in just under 4500 luxurious square feet of A/C space, blending elegant and crisply updated design elements of Mexico for modern seaside paradise living. Just a stroll from the famous Acapulquito and The Rock surf breaks, Casa Trentadue also boasts approximately 1400 additional square feet of covered, furnished outdoor living terraces, a gorgeous pool and deck terrace, tropical gardens and bay views all the way to Palmilla Point from the expansive living and dining areas, as well as from the opulent master suite. Three additional ensuite bedrooms provide ample opportunity for privacy and escape, and are artfully designed for the most peaceful of siestas. Open living perfection for entertainment on grand or intimate scale, paired with the myriad amenities of Palmilla lifestyle, make Casa TrentaDue one of the finest Cabo offerings available to the local surf enthusiast.
Surfing and Los Cabos
When it comes to surfing, Cabo offers the best breaks in Mexico combined with gorgeous coastline scenery accented by luxurious residences. We at 2Seas Los Cabos, Christie’s International Real Estate can help you find the right surf spot and the perfect home that is right for you.