If you’re a surfer, you are probably already aware that there are several surf breaks in and around Todos Santos that can be, at times, world class. The top three spots are, in no particular order, Los Cerritos, San Pedrito and La Pastora. Each offers its own pros and cons and each is a favorite among locals, depending on who you talk to. San Pedrito is one of the best spots, located in Pescadero. Pescadero is a small village located at KM64 on Highway 19 on the Pacific Ocean about 8 kilometers South of Todos Santos and one hour north of Cabo. The local village has a few accommodations, restaurants and bars, several grocery stores and gas station.
San Pedrito is considered an advanced surfer’s break because of its rocky bottom and strong currents. San Pedrito generally favors a right break, especially in the winter when the northwest swells push through and offshore winds blow from the northeast and when the break handles head high to overhead waves. Oftentimes a bit bigger than Los Cerritos, San Pedrito also has different faces in wintertime and summer: October through March often has northwest groundswells over the rocky reef in a series of solid, lined-up rights. Summertime tends to be peakier and sees more A-frames up and down the beach, favoring lefts. Admittedly, San Pedrito has suffered in recent years after Hurricane Julliete shifted the bottom.
The best time to surf San Pedrito is on mid- to low-tides before the morning winds pick up. It’s predominantly a short board wave, especially on the larger swells. The rocks can be a hazard and several locals wear helmets, presumably because of some of their run-ins. The reef can be sharp and urchins painful so some folks wear booties here all year. There is a surf camp at KM64 which contains accommodations (casitas) and a pool and San Pedrito can be crowded during the winter months due to the campers and surfers on the beach. There are few surf spots in the area so San Pedrito is the “go to” spot for campers and locals alike.
Most of the year the Pacific Ocean in Baja California Sur is typically warm enough for shorts and a rashguard. However, a spring suit or top is always nice to have on those chilly mornings in the dead of winter, January through March. In late May and June many visitors are caught off guard when the water temperature can drop 10-15 degrees due to Aleutian Current. A 3/2 fullsuit is often essential for these 2 months. Click for more info on the weather and water temperature.
To access San Pedrito, drive on route no.1 (highway 19) and just before Todos Santos village you’ll see a gate that says “San Pedrito”. Enter it and drive about 5 minutes in the unpaved road until you reach a restaurant and RV park. Save your money – you do not need a 4×4.
For more information on San Pedrito, including current conditions and forecasts, you can check out San Pedrito Surf Forecast. I don’t speak to the reliability of this forecast. Best bet is to check the break yourself.