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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Punta San Carlos

Mexico, Baja Norte

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Not easy. Mexico 1 past the turn off to Punta Baja in El Rosario. Go about 22 kilometers and look for a dirt road turning off to the right. Getting there is almost instinctual. Roads change with rains as does quality. 2 hour drive on dirt road to get to the points. There is a small fishing village at the base of the point. 4X4 best in rainy season.

English (Translate this text in English): Not easy. Mexico 1 past the turn off to Punta Baja in El Rosario. Go about 22 kilometers and look for a dirt road turning off to the right. Getting there is almost instinctual. Roads change with rains as does quality. 2 hour drive on dirt road to get to the points. There is a small fishing village at the base of the point. 4X4 best in rainy season.

English (Translate this text in English): Not easy. Mexico 1 past the turn off to Punta Baja in El Rosario. Go about 22 kilometers and look for a dirt road turning off to the right. Getting there is almost instinctual. Roads change with rains as does quality. 2 hour drive on dirt road to get to the points. There is a small fishing village at the base of the point. 4X4 best in rainy season.

English (Translate this text in English): Not easy. Mexico 1 past the turn off to Punta Baja in El Rosario. Go about 22 kilometers and look for a dirt road turning off to the right. Getting there is almost instinctual. Roads change with rains as does quality. 2 hour drive on dirt road to get to the points. There is a small fishing village at the base of the point. 4X4 best in rainy season.

DistanceSurf trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomBoulders

PowerFun, Powerless

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks

 Additional Information

A series of right points with prevailing wind side/offshore. Popular with windsurfers. There is a short shouldered left off of a peak at the top of the point, powerful. Reefs at the top that can be more consistent than the point itself on winter swells with lefts and rights. Camping only...no facilities, typical Baja experience. Wave is not fast and not very hollow but fun and long with juice at size. Some reef breaks north of the point about 5K. Lefts and rights. The reefs blow out on NW winds.

English (Translate this text in English): A series of right points with prevailing wind side/offshore. Popular with windsurfers. There is a short shouldered left off of a peak at the top of the point, powerful. Reefs at the top that can be more consistent than the point itself on winter swells with lefts and rights. Camping only...no facilities, typical Baja experience. Wave is not fast and not very hollow but fun and long with juice at size. Some reef breaks north of the point about 5K. Lefts and rights. The reefs blow out on NW winds.

English (Translate this text in English): A series of right points with prevailing wind side/offshore. Popular with windsurfers. There is a short shouldered left off of a peak at the top of the point, powerful. Reefs at the top that can be more consistent than the point itself on winter swells with lefts and rights. Camping only...no facilities, typical Baja experience. Wave is not fast and not very hollow but fun and long with juice at size. Some reef breaks north of the point about 5K. Lefts and rights. The reefs blow out on NW winds.

English (Translate this text in English): A series of right points with prevailing wind side/offshore. Popular with windsurfers. There is a short shouldered left off of a peak at the top of the point, powerful. Reefs at the top that can be more consistent than the point itself on winter swells with lefts and rights. Camping only...no facilities, typical Baja experience. Wave is not fast and not very hollow but fun and long with juice at size. Some reef breaks north of the point about 5K. Lefts and rights. The reefs blow out on NW winds.

Atmosphere

Beautiful desert mesas dropping into the sea. The local fisherman are good people and may want to trade lobster and huge crabs for old clothes, cigs or booze. Bring down some warm clothes for them. You will be smiling after you start eating that lobster followed by a Caguama of Carta Blanca.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful desert mesas dropping into the sea. The local fisherman are good people and may want to trade lobster and huge crabs for old clothes, cigs or booze. Bring down some warm clothes for them. You will be smiling after you start eating that lobster followed by a Caguama of Carta Blanca.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful desert mesas dropping into the sea. The local fisherman are good people and may want to trade lobster and huge crabs for old clothes, cigs or booze. Bring down some warm clothes for them. You will be smiling after you start eating that lobster followed by a Caguama of Carta Blanca.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful desert mesas dropping into the sea. The local fisherman are good people and may want to trade lobster and huge crabs for old clothes, cigs or booze. Bring down some warm clothes for them. You will be smiling after you start eating that lobster followed by a Caguama of Carta Blanca.

General

Not the best point break in Baja, certainly not the easiest to get to but worth the drive if you are doing an extended stay down there. Never crowded, plus plenty of room for everyone. A wave field.

English (Translate this text in English): Not the best point break in Baja, certainly not the easiest to get to but worth the drive if you are doing an extended stay down there. Never crowded, plus plenty of room for everyone. A wave field.

English (Translate this text in English): Not the best point break in Baja, certainly not the easiest to get to but worth the drive if you are doing an extended stay down there. Never crowded, plus plenty of room for everyone. A wave field.

English (Translate this text in English): Not the best point break in Baja, certainly not the easiest to get to but worth the drive if you are doing an extended stay down there. Never crowded, plus plenty of room for everyone. A wave field.

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By Eric , 04-01-2008

Pt San Carlos - Been going there for 7 years primarily to windsurf, but have scored many sweet surf sessions. Check the swell forecast before you go, it works best on a West or Southwest but basically holds any type of swell. Long and mushy fun. Here some video of our trip in 2006. We spent the majority of our time surfing, not windsurfing.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3242828113182200057

By Anonymous , 22-06-2007

- This whole stretch of coast on that dirt road sucks. I have gone down there over 30 times hoping to score and havie never even come close. I would strongly advise staying away from this stretch of coast coast.

By BajaChuck , 22-05-2007

Horrible! - Thats a Horrible story but if you are not careful down there anything can and will happen, I have heard some awful stories in my years of traveling down there and that one ranks right up there, I all can say be well preparred and be very carefull at all times and remember DONT DRIVE AT NIGHT DOWN THERE!!!

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