Surfers Guide To Cabo

by Derek Dodds August 14, 2016 45 Comments

Do you feel like surfing in some warm water while throwing back a few cold ones? Do you like spicy Mexican food and the sound of Mariachi music? Yes. Yes. Yes. Then Cabo might be the right trip for you.

Cabo is one of the few spots on the planet where you are exposed to two major swell directions within a one hour drive. I am not sure how many places there are like this on the planet but I am guessing few.

It's usually not flat in both windows—north and south.

It's 2016 and I am updating Surfers Guide To Cabo. This living guide is in it's 8th edition—always getting better with each edition.

*Update June 2016 Trip Highlights

  • New paved road to the Pacific side now complete (Toll);

  • New paved road to Eastern Cape complete;

  • New hotel in Cerritos - Tortugas Cerritos Beach front Hotel;

  • Discovery of best place to eat (Pacific Side) Hierbabuena;

  • Officials now charging $50 if you lose your departing customs form.

Wave Tribe Surf Trp

I have surfed all over the world and ridden some of the best waves on the planet. I have traveled to far off locations around the globe: Africa, Asia, South America, Mainland Mexico, and Central America. I even drove from California to Panama and wrote a guide about the adventure, grab it for $29 bones if you feel like taking that trip.

A surf trip requires lots of planning and usually a long ass plane trip, but sometimes you just want a no hassle easy surf escape. Two hours after taking off from LAX you can be  surfing in warm water, with easy access to two swell windows. Stuff your face with Mexican cuisine and drink cheap beer by the bucket load—you can also drink good boutique brewed beer at the Baja Brewery, nothing like having an IPA after sucking down watery Mexican beer for a few days.

I’ve been traveling to Mexico for a few decades now and every time I go back, I am reminded of the jewel just south of the border. Is it safe? I’d say traveling to Baja is getting more and more safe. I go down every few months and things are looking better with each visit.

I hope this guide assists you along the way. Please drop me a line and let me know of any additions or useful updates. If I end up adding your content in the guide, I will send you a free Wave Tribe surfboard leash as a gift.

Have a wonderful trip!

Derek, Wave Tribe Founder

Before we start, grab this free download. It's the perfect map for your trip.

Map of Cabo

Two hours after taking off from LAX you can be  surfing in warm water, with access to two swell windows. Stuff your face with Mexican cuisine and drink cheap beer by the bucket load—you can also drink good boutique brewed beer at the Baja Brewery, nothing like having an IPA after sucking down watery Mexican beer for a few days.

I've been traveling to Mexico for a few decades now and every time I go, I am reminded of the jewel just south of the border. Is it safe? I'd say traveling to Baja is getting more and more safe. I go down every few months and things are looking better with each visit.

Surfers Guide To Cabo I used to travel to mainland Mexico every year and surf the beaches of La Ticla and the surrounding region, but as violence has percolated in those areas I have diverted my surf energies to Baja—see our other article on Surfing Northern Baja Mexico 2016.

Surfing Cabo Southern Baja Trip Planning

Airline & Plane Tickets

Book your airline ticket early for about $350—you'll want to fly to San Jose Del Cabo (airport code SJD). I like Alaska Airlines because they treat surfers right at $75 per board bag—no matter what you put in it or how many surfboards you stuff your bag with. Flying with Alaska is down right fun and the planes are super comfortable. If you are flying someone else to Cabo you are missing out on a great airline. Ticket can cost between $300 and $600.

Check out Hip Monk for comparing times and airlines. Don't forget to check our airline 2016 Boardbag Fee Guide, sometimes you will find a lower priced ticket but when you add that airline's surfboard boardbag fees, the ticket can push you toward the higher end of airline flight prices.

Cabo Airport & Toll Road

The Cabo airport sits about 20 minutes from downtown San Jose and about 30 minutes from San Lucas. There are two roads to San Jose, the toll road ($2-$4) and the free road. Spend the few dollars to jet straight to the break, you'll be stoked. To get to the toll road from the airport go left out of airport (toward the mountains). The road will curve back around toward the beach. 

* Going to the Pacific side? Take the toll road toward toward San Jose, 2K from the exit for San Jose veer left toward Todo Santos. This road will cut 30-40 minutes off your trip and the road are excellent. You can also go to San Lucas this route.

If you are into the party thing then you'll want to head towards San Lucas and hang out with the college trippers, strippers and overweight cruise ship retirees. Not advised.

For a more relaxed setting check out San Jose or Todos Santos (depending on the season you go). Check the surf forecast.

No matter where you stay you'll be an hour's drive to all three top surfing locations, which are listed in order of quality, based on my opinion.

  • Eastern Cape (9 Palms & Shipwrecks)
  • Todo Santos (La Pastora, Cerritos & El Pedrito)
  • San Jose (Zippers, Old Mans, The Rock)

Going through customs is easy. You don't need a visa if you are an American citizen, but you will need a valid passport. For information on getting a passport head on down to your local US Postal Office or check out this link (passports cost $110 and take a few weeks to process.)

Car Rentals in Cabo

Try and book something before you go, there are a ton of rental agencies at the airport. Though the rental agencies they say in airport, they are a short ride across the street from the airport. They will pick you up outside of the airport terminal and they do have agents just outside the customs area just in case you get freaky lost.

If you can afford it (you can) get something more 4x4ish than not. Or at least something a but bigger for your boards. I like to keep my boards in the car for obvious reasons (theft and brutal Mexican sunshine) but if you ride a bigger board then you'll need some good soft racks.

I’ve been stuck in the sand and had to be pulled out by a 4x4 on 2 of the last 6 trips, not bad odds for Baja. If you are in an economy rental, your chances of getting stuck are higher. You might also have to pay for damages that happen when you try and pull that plastic heap from the sand. We rented a car from Ace in June 2016 and had a great experience.

Car Insurance

Yea, I know you bought insurance online and they said you don't need to buy any at the car rental office—but this is Mexico bros.

Don't buy the web insurance! It is useless in Mexico.

There I said it, but I know you are still going t buy it. Yea, your American Express card says they’ll cover your ass too but don’t take the risk in Mexico because you’ll have to fork over the money before you are able to leave the country. I guarantee American Express isn’t going to wire you the 20K you need to extricate yourself from the Mexican cha cha you got yourself into.

How do I know? Bro.

Unfortunately, I have had two major accidents in Mexico over the years including a head-on collision in Michoacan. I’ve been through the shit ringer in Mexico, and I want you to have a fighting chance in case you got to throw a Mexican Hail Mary after a car accident.

So get out your wallet because you’ll need to get the full coverage that they offer you up at the rental agency. Full coverage in Mexico means if something happens, you are fully covered. If you get anything else, half coverage with your credit card, or some other policy you found online at Orbitz then you won’t be fully covered. Yea, they got you by the cajones.

Hotel & Accomodation San Jose Del Cabo

Cabo Surf Hotel

Surfing Cabo Cabo Surf Hotel

There is a hotel right in front of Old Man's called Cabo Surf Hotel. If you got the cash (like $250+ per night) this is your best location because you are steps from the surf.

It's a really nice hotel with a pool and good food—you can grab a meal here after your surf if you are feeling like hanging in this area. Watch your bros hit the lip while you stuff your face with a fat burrito and some tasty guacamole.

Right next to the fancy Cabo Surf Hotel there are perfectly situated condos. I did find one for rent that looks spectacular for $175 a night—it's called Las Olas and it sits in the middle of all the waves in that region in a group of condos. 

Another popular spot for surfers wanting central access to both the Eastern Cape, at only $75 per night, is the Drift San Jose. It has 8 private rooms, a communal kitchen, secure parking and a pool, centrally located in the historic center of San Jose del Cabo, surrounded by great bars and restaurants.

An alternative to resorts the scene is pared back, do-it-yourself—like an upscale hostel—with great social atmosphere. Booking available through Airbnb with a link to the listings here.

Check other hotels here on Trip Advisor. When you land you'll need to rent a car unless you are just going to surf the waves in town and stay close to the breaks.

2016 Update: New Hotel Near 9 Palms

The only hotel near 9 Palms  www.vidasoul.com located at Punta Perfecta and 3 miles North of 9 Palms.  They have great food and service and 16 rooms.  They cater to surfers and surf photo shoots and videos.

*The owner Joan Hafenecker sent me this info, I have yet to check it out but the pics look good.

Cabo Baja Surf Check—Where to Go?

Depending on where you surf you can find all types of waves in Cabo, from beach-break on the Pacific side to endless points breaks on the Eastern Cape.

As I mentioned before, within one hour driving you have two coasts—and swell directions to choose from—the Pacific side is exposed to north swell and will pick up most wind swell or ground swell from the north (and a little south).

San Jose and the Eastern Cape pick up anything with a south in it—any kind of south.

I shouldn't have to remind you, but please be respectful to the locals. Every surfer that visits Cabo is an ambassador and you need to remember that we are visitors in their home.

Most locals are really cool and they will go out of their way to help you or give you a wave—if you get snaked in the water it will usually be by another gringo who has moved to Cabo and usually acts like as d-head. 

If you need a guide or some help finding your way you can check out SurfinCabo.com and ask them to take you around. I met the owner and he was a nice guy that rips a SUP. They got boards for rent and will take you out to the waves along with a few friends, if you desire.

Detailed Baja Forecast By Break

Surfing Zippers San Jose del Cabo

Surfing Cabo Zippers Surf Break

Surfing Cabo: Old Mans, Zippers & The Rock

Cabo San Jose Surf

The three main breaks in San Lucus are as follows (this area is also called Costa Azul):

  • Old Man's 
  • Zippers
  • The Rock 

All of three breaks are within paddling distance of each other and offer a progressively faster wave. Check out the names and you'll know which is which. The paddle from Old Mans to Zippers is kinda far but totally doable.

You can see all breaks from the road (just head towards San Lucas along the coast (going west out of San Jose). Below Zippers there is a dirt parking lot below the bridge and for Old Man's you need to park behind the Cabo Surf Hotel (just after the bend in the road) and walk through the sewage tunnel. If it's raining I wouldn't surf here, one trip I got an eye infection that took one year to heal.

    Cabo Surf Guide Word on the street is that they are going to privatize the access to Old Mans with a new development going in, so that break might become less accessible in the near future.

    Right in town (San Jose) hit up Old Man's for a meow session or paddle down to The Rock or Zippers for more challenging waves.

    To the east and at the end of hotel row in San Jose are some waves at The Estuary. This was actually the first wave I surfed in Cabo and it can get really fun. I did learn later that it is one of the most polluted breaks when the river mouth breaks and sewage comes pouring our of the riverbed. Don't let hepatitis ruin your trip.

    The Rock

    I had several epic session at The Rock. Super fun! You can paddle to The Rock from Old Man's or check it from the cliff. For best positioning, sit just behind the big rock and pick off the sets—watch the locals, they'll show you how it's done.

    Once you are ready to experience the Eastern Cape, head east towards downtown and cross the large concrete bridge towards La Playa. You'll make a few twists and turns along the way but just keep following the signs for Eastern Cape.

    Surfing The Eastern Cape Baja: 9 Palms, Shipwrecks & Beyond

    CAmping & Surfing Cabo Baja

    Surfing Cabo Big Blue

    The road out to the Eastern Cape now paved almost all the way until shipwrecks, the rest is dirt and can be full of potholes. Get the insurance on the rental car (like I said before) but especially if you'll be exploring the Eastern Cape. The roads will rip apart your wallet and you'll be faced with unexpected ('mordidas') fees at the end of your trip if something falls off the rental.

    The drive out to the Eastern Cape is about one hour depending on where you go, it's not a bad drive at all. You might want to consider camping out on the beach a night or two if the swell is pumping.

    Camping is free in most places and totally safe, but you'll need to take some shade with you to protect yourself from the relentless heat during the day. Trees? Nada.

    A word on the heat—the south swell window is basically March through August and the closer you get to August the more horrendous the heat is.

    If you are like me and not a fan of the horrendous heat, then I would lean towards an earlier trip—April is the most comfortable and you might even need a spring-suit, but the south swells can be a crapshoot—plan accordingly.

    The winds tend to come up around 9 and mess with the lineup, so you'll want to get on it early. The good news is that they also tend to back off around 4pm, allowing you a few hours to get in a good evening session.

    Surfing Cabo Mexico Here is a great resource for the wind on the eastern cape, I used it my last trip and planned several good sessions based on the data, it is very accurate: Eastern Cape wind conditions. Anything under 5 knots is acceptable and watch out for those nasty easterly gusts.

    Shipwrecks is a nice right-hander off a beautiful point and is a hotdog wave where mostly short-boarders hang out. There is a left in the middle of the beach too.

    When you see the Virgin Mary library you know you have found it. Really, I am serious. Oh, and the ship is gone, so don't look for that.

    9 Palms Cab Surf Break

    Surfing Cabo 9 Palms Eastern Cape Baja California

    Nine Palms

    Nine Palms is another break another 15 minutes down the road. It is a super fun point-break with some long rights and the occasional left.

    When the swell is right the wave will bend and toque on the outside and can spit and barrel in the mid section. It can throw and be heavy but mostly it is forgiving on the takeoff and allows for several turns and the occasional lip section to whack.

    Between 9 Palms and Shipwrecks is another fun wave called La Fortuna which offers a few options in the bay and also a right that breaks fast off an inside rock and another section off to the left of the rock that is a little slower but will hold a big south swell. There is a good restaurant at La Fortuna and has better camping than the other locations.

    Cabo Surfing If the swell is huge (or if there is a hurricane) you can continue on past 9 Palms and you'll find a few more waves. The further along the cape you go the smaller the surf will get.

    Cabo San Jose Surf Shops & Awesome Food Options

    Did you forget wax or sun block?

    The best surf shop in town is  Costa Azul Surfshop. I bought a rash vest that I used every day while there and a pair of booties that I never put on (I'll save them for Bali).

    There is another shop in town next to the Kiss Brew and Rock bar on the main drag called Salsipuedes that has a good selection of gear and a few Firewires hanging in the window.

    There are also a few shops popping up near Zippers, so if you snap your board and need one you'll be able to pick one up.

    Restaurants San Jose

    Shooters downtown has a really good vege/regular burger and cold Coronas for 10 pesos. If you want to walk around the downtown area this is a good place to hang out. They usually have the latest sporting event on in the bar area.

     The best place to eat in town is the Guacamaya. This is of my all-time favorite Mexican eateries and this is always the first and last place I eat at when I arrive to Cabo. The ingredients are super fresh and the chile selection is insane. I promise, you'll love it!

    Las Gucamayas Cabo Directions

    Surfing Cabo Best Mexican Food in San Jose Del Cabo

    People tend to like The Drunken Sailor in La Playa area (across the bridge) for good seafood and some nice chill atmosphere. I thought their Margaritas were tops.

    This entire area is growing and has a nice feel to it, they just put in a beautiful hotel called El Ganzo right on the marina, might be worth taking your lady there for a drink or a night away from downtown.

    Best Place To Take A Date

    If you are chilling with your woman or want to go out and have an excellent organic meal, then head for Huerta Los Tamarindos out in the fields towards the Eastern Cape.

    Finding the place is not easy and I am not going to even attempt to explain it, but it's worth taking the effort to visit. They have a great wine list and some of the best views possible, this is by far my favorite place to eat in Baja.

    Mexico isn't known for its wine, but there are some nice reds coming out of Northern Baja; and though I have found it hit-and-miss (mainly miss), I do like the reds being produced by La Cetto and I have been pleasantly surprised by their quality.

    Los Tamarindos has it on their menu and it's worth getting or grab a bottle at the wine store in the Pescadero Plaza (same plaza of Rock & Brews).

    For some good Italian food cooked to your liking check out Rustico and say 'Hola' to Perla and Javier, the owners. Sit at the bar, you'll enjoy talking with the owners and sharing their passion for food.

    For the best coffee and Italian ice cream in town, check out the The Dolce Villa, they got organic beans from Oaxaca and a real Italian coffee machine. They make all there ice cream with top quality organic ingredients and offer more flavors than a Los Vegas hooker has tricks (not that I would know about that second part).

    Surfing The Pacific Side Of Cabo

    Driving To Pacific Side

    Directions to Todos SAntos from san jose airport

    I know you came for warm water and point breaks, but sometimes you just got to go where the surf is and that might very well lead you to the Pacific side of Cabo.

    I had done several trips to southern Baja before I ventured onto the Pacific side and I have to report that I really enjoyed both the atmosphere and surf in this region.

    You'll have to trade your long points for beach break and cobble stone reefs, but when you pull up to A-frame peaks or barreling green mountains you'll be stoked that you ventured over to the Pacific.

    Driving From San Jose (The Free Road)

    From San Jose head toward San Lucas and just before you drop down towards the spring-break marauding streets of San Lucas, you turn right towards La Paz and Todos Santos.

    About 60 minutes later, thanks to the newly paved four-lane highway, you'll find yourself at Cerritos. Cerritos is located off to the left of the highway and it is the first major establishment (if you can call it that) since leaving the suburbs of San Lucas.

    Cerritos

    Cerritos is perhaps my favorite beach on the Pacific side—in June 2016 we stayed here a few days and we could throw a rock from out hotel and hit some epic lefts in front of the hotel. It's cooler here and quiet, it reminds me of what Mexico used to be like.

    You'll see several hotels out on the beach and you need to head north toward the right that you'll see breaking off the point. This is a fast wave and can be very ledgy at any tide and I find that it tends to get better at low tide with more markable sections.

     You can park at the restaurant on the beach as long as you buy a cold beer after you surf—worth the peace of mind you'll have knowing all is good with your vehicle—also worth the cold beer and delicious guacamole they start serving at 11:30am.

    Just before Cerritos there is a break called the curve. I have never surfed it, but I could see from the road that it had a good set-up.

    Hotels in Cerritos

    We stayed at a new hotel right on the beach, an epic place with an awesome crew. The official name is the Tortugas Cerritos Beachfront Hotel. They have about 12 rooms and offer a delicious breakfast and lunch menu. Each room has an awesome ocean view. Great location, wonderful staff, and fantastic rooms. You feel like the surf is under you pillow you are so close to the water.

    Aide, Bertha, Noe, Juan Carlos, Diane and Drew all made us feel like we were at home—I can't wait to go back and stay here again.

    We booked our room on airbnb and it cost us about $100 a night, not a bad price for sleeping steps from the beach. You can't miss the hotel, it's the one next to the new condo monstrosity going up just south of them.

    Playa Cerritos is the only swimable beach north of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific Ocean.

    Website: http://www.tortugascerritos.com/

    Restaurants Near Cerritos & El Pescadero

    In town you can find some great food, a good cup of coffee (Baja Beans) or an internet connection to check the swell. I recommend hitting up Baja Beans for a quick coffee anytime but please don't miss the jewel of the Pacific—Hierbabuena!

    Hierbabuena (Peppermint in Spanish) is as "locavoric" as is possible. Set in and amongst a beautiful and bountiful organic garden from which over 50% of each meal's ingredients are sourced quintessentially represents "farm-to-table" dining.

    Please do not leave the Pacific side without eating at the Hierbabuena organic restaurant. This indoor/outdoor extravaganza is perhaps the best meal I have had in any location in the last few years.

    We rolled up after a surf session with beers in our hand, walked in, grabbed a seat, and the staff walked right over and asked if we were ready for another cold one. Of course we were! Epic.

    The pizza is amazing and the kale stuffed enchiladas are exquisite, the wine list impeccable and the staff full of smile, laughs and downright stoke—can you tell if I liked it or not?

    Getting here is a little tricky, departing Cerritos drive toward Todos Santos. The first town you will come to is El Pescadero. Turn left on the road before the Pemex station, you'll see a small sign on the road. If you hit the Pemex station, double back and turn right onto the dirt road and follow the signs about half a mile down.

     Hierbabuena 

    El Pescadero Surfing

    Past Cerritos is Pescadero, here you will find a great right point-break called San Pedrito which is a rippable wave and can hold some big swell that swings off the point.

    Todos Santos

    Todos Santos is a laid-back town with excellent surf, great food and some good old fashion Mexican cowboys walking around. It’s a bit artsy and rustic with just the right amount of hippy. Todos Santos reminds me of what northern Baja used to be like when I was growing up, before the narco problems invaded the Tijuana surroundings.

    There is a feeling of things being a bit wild-west like, yet with enough comforts of home that you don’t feel totally disconnected (though you can unplug easily if desired).

    The main break in Todos is called La Pastora. You need to drive through town to get to the beaches to the north. Between Hidalgo and Obregon, turn left onto Camino A Las Playitas.

    You’ll go down a hill and along a riverbed. The road will twist and turn and a few miles from the town you’ll come to a clearing to the left where La Pastora is located. Don’t drive too far toward the beach unless you have a 4x4. Park where the dirt look compact and walk to the see the swell.

    This is a really fun wave with lots of sections. Be careful of the rocks on the shore when getting in and out. I tore a chunk out of my toe the last trip while excitingly jumping off a rock with a sharp barnacle. Not fun.

    Restaurants in Todos Santos

    Todo Santos Places To Eat

    Surfing Cabo La Esquina, Todos Santos

    Two places with great grub and an awesome atmosphere in Todos Santos are Café Santa Fe and La Esquina. La Esquina is a more casual hang-out and conveniently located near the beaches to the north of Todos Santos.

    Café Santa Fe is where you go to take your gal or to have an excellent meal after a long surf. It is a little pricy but WAY worth every peso.

    Hotel California is also worth a visit with some excellent local dishes and live music most days during the high season. There is surf to the south and north of Todos Santos and likely tons of waves I don't even know about, it's the end of the road but in many ways feels like the beginning.

    Accommodation in Todos Santos

    There are quite a few airbnb places available online for Todos Santos. This June we stayed at an awesome location just a few minutes from the main surfing beach.

    Jason, the owner, lives with his family on the property but they have a detached unit several few away from the main house with two bedrooms and a great rooftop vantage point of the surf—get up and check the surf from your room. Check it out below:

    Hotel In Todos Santos Baja

    Here is a direct link to the listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/959344

    I think that's it for this trip, I'll be heading back down in a few months and stay tuned for more updates and lots more stoke.

    Cabo Resources

    Hotels Cabo San Jose

    Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
    Telephone no: 00 1 888-767-3966
    Website: http://www.rosewoodhotels.com

    One & Only Palmilla
    Telephone no: 00 52 33 4164 2110
    Website: https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com

    JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa
    Telephone no: 52-624-163 7600
    Website: http://www.marriott.com

    Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
    Telephone no:00 1 855-605-0316
    Website: http://www3.hilton.com

    Hyatt Place Los Cabo
    Telephone no: 00 52 624 123 123
    Website: http://loscabos.place.hyatt.com  

    Cabo Azul Resort
    Telephone no: 00 1 888-725-5669
    Website: https://www.diamondresortsandhotels.com

    Hyatt Ziva Los Cabo
    Telephone no: 00 52 1 877 394 9146
    Website: http://loscabos.ziva.hyatt.com  

    Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort
    Telephone no: 00 52 55 5350 9603
    Website: http://www.secretsresorts.com    

    Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Los Cabos
    Telephone no: 00 1 855-605-0317
    Website: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com

    Marisol Boutique Hotel
    Telephone no: 00 52 624 132 9089
    Website: www.marisol.com  

    Royal Decameron Los Cabos
    Telephone no: 00 1 844-238-5587
    Website: http://www.decameron.com  

    Melia Cabo Real All-Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort
    Telephone no: 00 34 912 76 47 47
    Website: http://www.melia.com  

    Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive
    Telephone no: +63 1800 1 888 1025
    Website: http://www.ihg.com  

    Barcelo Grand Faro Los Cabo
    Telephone no: 00 34 518 88 95 70
    Website: https://www.barcelo.com  

    Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos
    Telephone no: 00 52 800 400 2040
    Website: http://www.belaircabos.com  

    Cabo Surf Hotel
    Telephone no: 00 52 55 4170 9258
    Website: http://www.cabosurf.com  

    Mar Adentro Cabos
    Telephone no: 00 52 33 4164 2134
    Website: http://maradentrocabos.com  

    El Delfin Blanco
    Telephone no: 00 52 624 142 1212
    Website: http://www.eldelfinblanco.net   

    Hotel & Suites Las Palmas
    Telephone no: 00 52 81 4170 7121
    Website: http://www.suiteslaspalmas.com  

    Restaurant & Bars Cabo San Jose

    Don Sanchez Restaurante
    Telephone no: +52 (624) 142 2444
    Website: http://www.donsanchezrestaurant.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Flora’s Field Kitchen Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 1 (624) 355-4564
    Website: http://www.flora-farms.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Tuesday-Saturday
    9:00 am - 9:30 pm

    Sardina Cantina Restaurant
    Telephone no: 526241726365
    Website: http://www.sardinacantina.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    8:30 am - 10:30 pm

    La Forchetta Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 624 130 7723
    Website: http://www.laforchetta.mx
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Blue Fish Cabo Seafood Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 1726652
    Website: http://bluefishcabo.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    11:00 am - 9:00 pm

    Teo Restaurant Bar And Grill
    Telephone no: +52 624 105 2408
    Website: http://teobarandgrill.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    9:00 am - 12:00 am

    Retro Burger Bar Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 624 130 7042
    Website: http://retroburgerbar.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    11:00 am - 12:00 am

    Habanero’s Gastro Grill Restaurant
    Telephone no: 52 624 142 2626
    Website: http://www.habanerosgastrogrill.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    8:00 am - 10:30 pm

    El Herradero Mexican Grill and Bar Restaurant
    Telephone no: 624 14 26350
    Website: http://www.html5website.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    7:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Mariscos La Pesca Restaurant
    Telephone no: 624-130-7438
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/mariscoslapesca
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    11:00 am - 10:00 pm

    El Matador Restaurant
    Telephone no: 526241570443
    Website: http://www.elmatadorrestaurante.com  

    Mi Cocina Restaurant
    Telephone no: (624) 1467100
    Website: http://casanatalia.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    8:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Jazmin’s Restaurant
    Telephone no: (624) 142 1760
    Website: http://jazminsrestaurant.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    1:00 pm - 3:00 am

    Casianos Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 624 142 5928
    Website: http://www.casianos.com 
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    7 Seas Seafood Grille Restaurant
    Telephone no: 8589645117
    Website: http://7seasrestaurant.com 
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    7:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Petit Masala Restaurant
    Telephone no: 526241040013
    Website: http://www.petitmasala.com
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Cuervo’s House Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 624 142 5650
    Website: http://www.cuervoshouse.com 
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    7:00 am - 4:00 am

    Dvur at Casa Don Rodrigo Restaurant
    Telephone no: 624 142 04 18
    Website: http://dvuratcasadonrodrigo.com
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    La Salsa’s Restaurant
    Telephone no: 526241727009
    Website: http://www.escapetobajasun.com 
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    CJ’s New York Deli Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 624 105 2566
    Website: http://www.nydelicabo.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm

    Shooters Restaurant
    Telephone no: 624 146-9900
    Website: http://shootersbar.com.mx
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    9:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Mi Casa Restaurant San Jose del Cabo
    Telephone no: (624) 146-92-63
    Website: www.micasarestaurant.com
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    4:30 pm - 12:00 am

    Bars San Jose

    11:11 Disco Room San Jose
    Telephone no: +(52)016241420271

    The Barn Bar
    Telephone no: 52 624 100 7892
    Website: http://www.thebarnbar.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    6:00 pm - 12:00 am

    La Reserva Rock & Beer Bar
    Telephone no: 6241298635
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/lareservabar
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    La Casa del Vino de Baja California
    Telephone no: 624-142-3885
    Website: http://www.lacasadelvinobc.com

    La Lupita Taco & Mezcal
    Telephone no: +52 624 688 3926
    Website: lalupitatym.com
    Open Hours:
    Tuesday-Sunday
    2:00 pm - 2:00 am

    Shooters Sports Bar
    Telephone no: +52 624 146 9900
    Website: shootersbar.com.mx 
    Open Hours:
    Tuesday-Sunday
    2:00 pm - 2:00 am

    Jazz Tapas
    Telephone no: +52 624 130 7267
    Website:  jazztapasbar.com
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Sunday
    1:00 pm - 12:00 am

    Acre
    Telephone no: +52 624 171 8226
    Website:   acrebaja.com
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Sunday
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Suviche
    Telephone no: +52 624 146 7000
    Website: palmilla.oneandonlyresorts.com 
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Sunday
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    El Wine Shop
    Telephone no: +52 624 105 2065
    Website: ecmdevinos.com
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    8:00 am - 7:00 pm

    La Vaca Tinta
    Telephone no: +52 624 142 1241
    Website: lavacatinta.com
    Open Hours:
    Tuesday-Sunday
    5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Hotels Todos Santos

    Posada La Poza
    Telephone no: 00 52 55 4164 2560
    Website: http://www.hotelposadalapozatodossantos.com  

    Todos Santos Inn
    Telephone no: 00 52 612 145 0040
    Website: http://www.todossantosinn.com  

    Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa
    Telephone no: 00 52 33 5004 7273
    Website: http://www.guaycura.com/es/  

    Hotel California
    Telephone no: 00 52 55 5350 8725
    Website: http://hotelcaliforniabaja.com/index.html  

    Hacienda Todos Los Santos
    Telephone no: 00 52 81 4160 5457
    Website: http://www.tshacienda.com  

    Villa Santa Cruz
    Telephone no: 00 1 760-230-4855
    Website: http://www.villasantacruzbaja.com  

    The Hotelito

    Telephone no: 00 1 760-230-4855
    Website: http://www.thehotelito.com/  

    Rancho Pescadero
    Telephone no: 00 52 33 4170 8561
    Website: http://ranchopescadero.com  

    Villas de Cerritos Beach
    Telephone no: 00 1 747-200-1533
    Website: http://www.villasdecerritosbeach.com  

    Cerritos Surf Colony
    Telephone no: 00 52 55 4164 2330

    Website: http://cerritossurfcolony.com  

    Restaurant & Bars Todos Santos

    La Casita Tapas - Wine & Sushi Bar Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 612 145 0192
    Website: http://lacasitatodossantos.com  

    Tequila’s Sunrise Bar & Grill Restaurant
    Telephone no: (612) 145-0073
    Website: http://www.todossantosguide.com 
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    11:00 am - 6:00 am

    La Copa Cocina Restaurant
    Telephone no: +(52)612 145 0040
    Website: http://www.todossantosinn.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Los Adobes de Todos Santos Restaurant
    Telephone no:
    Website: http://www.losadobesdetodossantos.com 
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    11:00 am - 7:00 pm

    La Esquina Restaurant
    Telephone no: 016121450851
    Website: http://www.laesquinats.com
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    7:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Rumi Garden Restaurant
    Telephone no:+52 612 145 1088
    Website: http://www.rumigarden.com 
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Tacos Y Mariscos El Sinaloense Restaurant
    Telephone no: 526121450336
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Tacos-Y-Mariscos-El-Sinaloense-206627032712641/ Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Chez Laura Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 612 145 0847
    Website: http://www.chezlaura.com.mx  

    La Coronela at The Hotel California Restaurant
    Telephone no: (011.52) 612.145.0525
    Website: http://www.hotelcaliforniabaja.com
    Open Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Ristorante Tre Galline Restaurant
    Telephone no: 612-145-0274
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/www.TRE.GALLINE.BAJACALIFORNIA#
    Open Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Cafelix Restaurant
    Telephone no: (612) 145-0568
    Website: http://www.todossantosguide.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Michaels at the Gallery Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 612 145 0500
    Website: http://galeriatodossantos-com.webs.com  

    Landi’s Restaurant

    Telephone no: +52 612 145 0130
    Website: http://www.landis.mx
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Guaycura Restaurant
    Telephone no: +52 612 175 0800
    Website: http://www.guaycura.com.mx

    Posada La Poza Restaurant
    Telephone no: 011-52-612-145-0400
    Website: http://www.hotelposadalapozatodossantos.com
    Open Hours:
    Sunday-Saturday
    1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Shut Up Frank’s Restaurant
    Telephone no: 612 145 0707
    Website: http://www.shutupfranks.com  

    Gallo Azul Pizza Bar & Art Restaurant
    Telephone no: 612 145 0707
    Website: http://www.shutupfranks.com
    Open Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    El Gusto Restaurant
    Telephone no: +526121450400
    Website: http://www.hotelposadalapozatodossantos.com   

    Bistro Magico Restaurant
    Telephone no:526121699200
    Website: http://bistromagico.com   

    La Santena Restaurant
    Telephone no: 9704754120
    Website: http://hotelcasatota.com   

    Surf Schools & Tours

    Costa Azul Surf School
    Telephone no: 6241422771
    Website: www.costa-azul.com  

    Mario Surf School
    Telephone:  52 1 612 142 6156
    Website: http://mariosurfschool.com
    Open hours: Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Eco Adventures: tosea.net (hiking, whale watching, fishing trips, bird-watching, etc.)

    Cabo Magic: Sportfishing Adventures

    San Jose Spas and Massages

    There is nothing like a good deep massage after several days of surfing. Every time I return to Cabo, I see more and more spas springing up. The one I have been going to for years is next to the Pescadero mall (where Rock & Brew is located).

    The spa is called Moonlight and they offer one hour massages for $40. I highly recommend this place—no happy endings here, I am sure you can find those types of 'treatments' elsewhere in Cabo. Tel. +52 123 51 40 Email. pepe_emiliano@hotmail.com

    Real Estate

    Did you love Cabo so much that you'd like to move there or maybe build a surf shack to escape the winters? Check out these site for real estate investment opportunities:

    1. For properties all over in cabo (my favorite site): http://ricardoamigo.com/
    2. For properties all over Mexico: Investment Properties Mexico 
    3. For properties in Cabo and surrounding areas: Baja Smart 
    4. For properties around Todos Santos and the surrounding towns: Ricardo Amigo

    Event Schedule in Todos Santos

    www.JournaldelPacifico.com/blog

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    Derek Dodds
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    45 Responses

    Tomas
    Tomas

    October 23, 2016

    Great and detail info. Thank you. Would you be able to comment on places that are also SUP surfing friendly.

    Josh
    Josh

    October 13, 2016

    I’m the grump guy who has a place in Cabo and wish you never wrote this article… The place is exploding with new construction and the old sleepy corridor is going to become a zoo. I hope the surf spots aren’t effected too much by the all inclusive tourists.

    Sasha
    Sasha

    September 15, 2016

    Thanks for the info. It was a great help. Took your advice and stayed at the Surf Cabo Hotel and went to Guacamyaya for dinner. Yum. You were so right about the locals – so friendly in the water and would give me their waves once I showed them respect and waited my turn for a wave and yes, it was always a gringo dropping in on me.

    Tina Nguyen
    Tina Nguyen

    September 15, 2016

    Thanks for the great information. One correction – the surf guide in Baja Sur that is a “nice guy that rips a SUP” is David Andrade from www.surfincabo.com – without the “g.” You listed the wrong website which goes to another surfschool. Can you please make the correction?
    I just came back from Baja Sur and I had David was my surf guide for a few days. He took me to Nine Palms and we had an epic trip to Scorpion Bay. He is simply the best and kills it on the SUP.

    crankyguy
    crankyguy

    August 25, 2016

    Not saying that Cabo is a secret spot, but seriously, I don’t understand the mindset to promote more crowded lineups and make it easier for more people to go there… You won’t see me writing articles and posting photos of my favorite surf spots, that is for sure.

    Fidel Bedolla
    Fidel Bedolla

    March 13, 2016

    If you are like me and not a fan of heat then I would lean towards an earlier trip—April is the most comfortable and you might even need a spring-suit, but the south swells can be a crapshoot—plan accordingly.

    Zako
    Zako

    February 15, 2016

    This was insightful. Thanks!

    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Dave.

    Plenty of fast interest everywhere . . . coffee shops, bars, hotels.

    No worries with that.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Dave
    Dave

    February 15, 2016

    Nice article, thanks!
    Question: How is Internet access around Cabo?
    Is high-speed Internet access widely available and affordable?
    Where do you get it?

    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Yea, I tool it on our last trip . . . miss you guys!

    PS. I am going down Friday. Meet me there?

    Robert
    Robert

    February 15, 2016

    Nice photo of big blue!

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    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hi Cindy.

    There are a few links in the article that would be great options.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    cindy
    cindy

    February 15, 2016

    where do you like to stay or recommend staying for a first time vistor

    Dave
    Dave

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks! I’m planning to stay semi-long-term, so more interested in what is available for residents, perhaps in the way of mobile broadband.

    Mike Fields
    Mike Fields

    February 15, 2016

    That surf guide looks amazing, it’s wonderful what you’re able to do while in Cabos, now we need to wait for the restoration of that so I can drive using BestMex car insurance and enjoy some good waves.

    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks bro, you should catch the tail-end of hurricane season and the beginning of the norths swinging into the Todos side.

    Not sure about car rental agencies, I’d try and book before you go and definitely get insurance.

    Have a great trip and let us know how it goes.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Justin
    Justin

    February 15, 2016

    Derek

    Great write-up. Done lot of surf trips to CR an even Indo before, but this is my first trip to Cabo/Baja. Longing for some points…coming in early September.

    Got any advice on good rental car agencies? Prices seem to vary wildly.

    Thanks,
    Justin

    darren
    darren

    February 15, 2016

    great bit of info, Im heading out there for the first time and any tips help.

    Also I can only take one

    7s aussy fish 6’3 22’wide 2.74 or custom 6’5 x 19.25x 2

    wes
    wes

    February 15, 2016

    Thanx dude

    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Wes . . . you’ll need to travel bro, make sure and get a rental and go to the eastern cape . . . most of the waves are a 30 minute drive from where you are staying.

    wes
    wes

    February 15, 2016

    Thank you for the insight!

    I am leaving the second of april and im staying right by monuments. Do you think it will be good that time of the year or do you have any suggestions

    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hi Sung.

    It’s REALLY hot in July, I would say that it is the most uncomfortable time to be there.

    You won’t find many tree for shade either, it is doable but not ideal.

    sung
    sung

    February 15, 2016

    How hot is it in July? Especially camping. The average temps I could find online are in the 90’s. I’m thinking of driving down there from the US for a month or so.

    Jon B
    Jon B

    February 15, 2016

    Wow! Thanks for this info, really appreciate it! Aloha

    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Jon, June is a great month bro—the souths are in full swing and there is still some action on the Pacific side too. Water is warm and the days aren’t scorching like July (I’ll never go back in July again). You’ll get some wrap around from a big south up the coast, but for me the jewels are always on the Eastern Cape. I’d stay in San Jose, that way you’ll be right in teh middle of both swell windows with surf right in town too. There is a hotel out on teh Cape but I didn’t hear many good things about it and also there is nothing out there so if you want cold beer and good food then you’ll need to venture back to town—it’s not that far, one hour tops.

    Jon B
    Jon B

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Derek, just found cheap tickets for mid June into Cabo. Where should we stay for flexibility on surf spots within the region? Does the pacific side catch any swell during this time? Would love to travel up and down the coast but don’t think south swell would light up west coast in June?

    How are the crowds in June? On a scale from 1 to Lowers?

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    February 15, 2016

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    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Extremely—but as we move into the hurricane season it does cool down a bit.

    Have a great trip!

    Derek

    Nate
    Nate

    February 15, 2016

    HI Derek,

    Great post! We are thinking about going in mid-late August and would stay near Costa Azul. Is it still pretty hot then?

    Thanks!

    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Josh. You’ll have a blast bro—it’s an easier set-up than it appears. That time of year you’ll def want to stick to the Pacific side, check the dudes out at http://surfingcabo.com for a local guide. Let me know how it goes and have a great trip!

    Josh
    Josh

    February 15, 2016

    Hi Derek,
    I’m planning a trip for early January, after reading your write up I’m thinking it would be good to go somewhere between Cabo and Cerritos/Todos Santos area and hopefully catch some Northerly swells. I’ll be travelling by myself at this stage, I was wondering if you knew of any surf camps or guides that I could meet up with? I reckon if I have someone show me the ropes for the first week I’ll find my feet from there. I’m coming from New Zealand, its quite daunting from here!
    Cheers,
    Josh

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    February 15, 2016

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    I’m sending it to some buddies ans also sharing in delicious.

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    February 15, 2016

    There’s certainly a lot to learn about this issue. I like all of the points you have made.

    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Luke—How are you bro?

    Cabo is likely the safest part of Mexico right now which is why I have been there so often over the past few years. I friends that drive from SD every few months, just don’t drive at night bro and you should be fine. There are some recommendations for places to stay in the blog post, I recommend those or anything that get’s you near the surf.

    During X-mas I’d look at staying in Todo Santos as that’s where the surf will be that time of year.

    Have a great trip—Derek.

    Luke
    Luke

    February 15, 2016

    Hi Derek.
    I want to go and surf Cabo at Christmas time with my wife. Don’t really want to party so much just have a good time. Just want to know of any good places to stay and the biggest question is it safe in the Cabo area???
    Don’t know how much of it true but I have been told not to go driving and just looking around by my self. Thanks for your help bro.

    jake
    jake

    February 15, 2016

    I had a question about surfing this coming mid-january. I am a pretty much beginner surfer. I understand this time of year the surf is better on the pacific side. However, for a beginner who will probably want just some mellow waves where is the best place to go this time of year. I am trying to find lodging somewhere in cabo that would be closest to this ideal beginner surf spot. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    Not Tom Curren
    Not Tom Curren

    February 15, 2016

    The locals are nice and don’t snake you? Sounds like you have NEVER surfed The Rock or Zippers on any kind of swell. Ha. Worst localism outside of Lunada Bay. If you get waves it’s only because you own the gringo vs. local numbers. Once a heavy paddles out, it’s game over.

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    Laura
    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Thank you for the Stoke! Have an awesome day!! :)

    Derek Dodds
    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    The Pacific side has waves year round and the Eastern cape is better when the souths run {March-September}.

    Let us know how it goes.

    Derek

    aj
    aj

    February 15, 2016

    What time of year would you say is best for fun longboard waves on either side of the coast?

    Laura
    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Jake! Playa Acapulquito—one is one of the best beginner surfing beaches on the Los Cabos peninsula. Check out the Mike Doyle Surf School (cabosurfshop.com/surfschool.htm while you’re there! :) Have an awesome trip!

    aj
    aj

    February 15, 2016

    Any suggestions for rental care companies? I have read that it can be a bit tricky.
    Thanks!

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