Los Cabos Surfing
Near Las Olas in San José del Cabo
waves for surfers of all levels just steps from your condo!
Beginners: Old Mans (go to the right toward Cabo Surf Hotel if you're facing the beach), Middles (directly in front of the condo).
Intermediate: La Roca "The Rock" (directly in front of the condo)
Advanced: Zippers (go left towards Zippers Bar & Grill facing the ocean)
Quick Surf Information
Surfing conditions in San Jose del Cabo, particularly at Costa Azul Beach and the East Cape, can vary throughout the year. Here's a general overview of the best time for surfing in this region, including information on surf spots, water temperature, swell direction, tides, weather, and wind:
1. Costa Azul Beach:
Best Time for Surfing: The primary surf season in San Jose del Cabo is from June to November, coinciding with the hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific. However, there are waves year-round, and the winter months (December to February) also see consistent swells.
- Zippers: A famous surf break at Costa Azul, Zippers offers long, right-hand point breaks and is suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers.
- The Rock and Old Man's: Other breaks in the Costa Azul area catering to various skill levels.
- Middles: Right in front of condos, best place for beginner surfers taking lessons.
Water Temperature: Ranges from approximately 70°F (21°C) in winter to 85°F (29°C) in summer.
Swell Direction: The primary swell direction is from the south and southwest, generating consistent waves.
Tides: Generally, mid-tide can be ideal for many breaks, but it's advisable to check conditions for specific spots.
Weather: Expect warm temperatures throughout the year, with hotter conditions in the summer months.
Wind: Mornings often have lighter winds, making them preferable for surfing. Wind tends to pick up in the afternoons.
2. East Cape:
Best Time for Surfing: Similar to Costa Azul, the main surf season is from June to November. However, the East Cape can receive swells year-round.
- Nine Palms: Known for its long, sandy beach and consistent waves, suitable for various skill levels.
- Shipwrecks: A reef break with powerful waves, recommended for experienced surfers.
- La Fortuna: Reef break best for intermediate surfers. Be sure to enjoy Zai Sushi overlooking the surf while you're there.
Water Temperature: Mirrors the temperatures at Costa Azul.
Swell Direction: South and southwest swells are predominant.
Tides: Conditions may vary at different spots, so it's essential to check tide charts for specific breaks.
Weather: The East Cape experiences similar weather patterns to Costa Azul, with warm temperatures year-round.
Wind: Mornings typically have lighter winds, providing better surfing conditions.
Keep in mind that conditions can change, and factors like storm systems can influence surf patterns.
Best Waves in San Jose del Cabo
World Class Zippers. This wave is for the advanced surfers, a wave mostly enjoyed by local rippers and pros alike. Competitions have been held at Zippers and the best part, our land lovers can enjoy a meal and drink at Zippers Bar, or Pescadito Break while watching some of best surfing in Baja!more
Surfing in Costa Azul - San Jose del Cabo
San Jose del Cabo, or Costa Azul, is a popular destination for surfing in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, it offers a variety of swimmable beaches and surf breaks suitable for surfers of different skill levels. Here are some key points about surfing in San Jose del Cabo:
Best Surf Season: The surf season in San Jose del Cabo typically runs from June to November, with the biggest swells occurring during the summer months. During this time, the area experiences consistent southwest swells, making it ideal for surfing.
Surf Breaks: There are several surf breaks in and around San Jose del Cabo. Some of the popular ones include:
Costa Azul: Located on the eastern side of San Jose del Cabo, Costa Azul is known for its three main breaks: The Rock, Zippers, and Old Man's. Zippers, in particular, is a famous point break and can provide excellent right-hand waves.
East Cape: The East Cape is a surfers paradise with miles of waves to choose from. We recommend checking out La Fortuna, and while you’re there be sure to check out Zai Sushi right on the beach overlooking the waves. Nine Palms is another great wave and Tiburones is also a fun wave just 1 arroyo past Nine Palms.
Surf Schools and Rentals: If you're new to surfing or want to brush up on your skills, there are several surf schools in San Jose del Cabo that offer lessons and equipment rentals. They provide experienced instructors who can guide you through the basics and help you improve your technique. We recommend Surf in Cabo which is right next to Zippers Bar and Grill just steps from Las Olas for beginners looking for lessons. For surfers looking to explore the beaten path, we recommend Matt Lindsay with Thermal Travel.
Surf Shops: Costa Azul Surf Shop is located directly across the street from Las Olas Condos. They provide everything you would need: boards, wetsuits, wax, and apparel.
Surf Competitions: San Jose del Cabo has hosted various national and international surf competitions, drawing professional surfers from around the world. These events showcase the talent and the quality of waves in the area.
Local Surf Culture: San Jose del Cabo has a vibrant surf culture with a laid-back atmosphere. There are surf shops, beachfront restaurants, and bars where you can soak up the surf lifestyle and connect with fellow surfers. Be sure to respect the locals in the lineup, if you have a bad attitude, that is what you will receive back.
Remember to check local surf reports, tide charts, and weather conditions before heading out. It's also advisable to respect the local surf etiquette, be aware of any hazards, and follow any guidelines set by local authorities or beach patrol. Enjoy your surfing experience in San Jose del Cabo!
LDM Pro-tip: No matter where you surf in Baja, we highly recommend purchasing booties, as you never know if there will be rocks, urchins or creatures your feet will need protection from.
April-Sept = best waves.
Best Months to Score
August/September great time to come for less crowds and discounted rates (it is construction season for Las Olas so there will be noise in the complex but you will be surfing during the day so it shouldn't be an issue!)
Swell Consistency and Wind Overview
September would be the month with the most wind, as it is historically a month where hurricanes pass through.
Wind, Air Temp and Water Temp
Best to surf in the mornings and before sunset to have the least amount of wind. Water temps range from approximately 70°F (21°C) in winter to 85°F (29°C) in summer - no wetsuits needed.
Map of Surf Spots in the Area
Las Olas are is the hub of the best surf spots in Costa Azul. We recommend exploring the East Cape to find less crowded waves.
Need Lessons? Surf in Cabo is Only Steps Away from Las Olas!
Contact David and his team at Surf in Cabo for surf or SUP lessons, board rentals and wetsuit rentals.
Contact Us Today for a Local Surf Photographer to capture your sessions. Photographs and Drone Footage available.
Best Surf Season
1) Best Season: May - September *discounted rates Aug 1-October 15 due to construction season at Las Olas*
2) Shoulder Season: March-April, October-November
3) Off Season: December - February: Still may be waves but not as consistent. Best time to visit for Whale Watching Season.
Our family had an amazing time on our trip to San Jose del Cabo! Kylie, Emilie, and Zach were friendly, helpful, and very responsive to questions from the minute we started planning our trip until the time we departed. The airport transportation was a breeze, Gio, is fantastic! The condo was perfect for us, amazing views, clean, and very well kept. The condos we stayed in had everything we needed. The Let’s Do Mexico Team went above and beyond to arrange for us to swim with the dolphins close by in San Jose, which our kids loved! Our kids also learned to surf and took surf lessons from the surf school right next door during our stay. I would highly recommend staying here if you’re looking to stay someplace right on the beach!!