Playa Cerritos is a must-see for every surf-loving van dweller. It faces the Pacific Ocean and has long been a mecca for surfers from all over the world. There is plenty of parking, boondocking, surf schools, and motels near the beach. Even if you’re not like surfing, you can still enjoy the beach and a beer here.
Most surfers just call Santa Lucia de Los Cerritos “Cerritos.” It’s about 45 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula, near the town of Todos Santos.
Many exciting experiences await you here. Paddleboarding (when the waves are small), snorkeling, beach volleyball, fishing, and sunbathing are all great alternatives to surfing. As a result of these factors, a visit to Playa Cerritos is guaranteed to be enjoyable.
Even though it’s not quite as good as Pedrito, which is right next door, Cerritos is still a great choice if you like variety and the beach. Depending on the swell, there are a few different waves to choose from. When there is a strong winter wind from the west or northwest, a right breaks off the headland at the north end of the beach. It’s not an amazingly hollow or world-class right point break, but it can get really fun and rippable, especially when it connects with the sandbar section further inside.
In the lee of the headland, south swells make good A-frames. The lefts that dump into the channel may be even better. Wind swells and combination swells tend to light up the whole beach in a series of fun peaks, which is a nice way to spread out the crowd.
The area near Playa Cerritos is filled with great places to camp. There’s everything from standard beach parking to five-star RV resorts to choose from. Among these, I found:
- Pescadero Surf Camp
- Cerritos Beach Club & Surf Shop – RV Park
- Cerritos Beach Hotel
- Cerritos Boutique RV
There are a few boondocking locations around Playa Cerritos. There is camping in the main parking lot, but there is a $ 10-a-night fee. You can find these free boondocking locations on iOverlander.
Eateries and Watering Holes
Although there are no facilities, Cerritos Beach is close to numerous excellent eateries and watering holes, making it an excellent vacation site.
Let’s say you’d want to have brunch or a quick drink with some friends. If so, this list has you covered, with places to eat that provide everything from fish tacos and ceviche to burgers, as well as ocean views. To name a few of my favorites:
- El Potrero Pizza: One of my most favorite pizza joints in the world is located a few miles from playa Cerritos down a dirt road. The pizzas are brink oven made, and the owner is super nice.
- Sandbar Cerveceria y Asadero: With its prime location on the sand and its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, this laid-back beachside bar is the perfect spot to relax with a cold one and a few bar bites while watching the surfers hit the waves.
- Riptide Bar: This cocktail bar may be your best bet if you’re in search of a spot with a breathtaking view. Just a short distance from Cerritos Beach, the Riptide is a more hippie-style pub where you can relax in the shade with some nachos con frijoles and a cool mojito.
- Casa Maya Restaurant and Barefoot Cantina: Sashimi, intricate sushi rolls, lamb ribs, salads, and hamburgers may be found at the upscale Even though the views aren’t spectacular, you can rest assured that you’ll have a lovely time here during the day or evening.
It’s a privilege to have Playa Cerritos for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.
Take the toll road from the Los Cabos airport (to your left as your exit). Follow the road toward Todos Santos and HWY 19. There are exits for San Jose de Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. When you get to HWY 19, where the toll road ends, turn right and drive north for about 25 minutes.
The beach is just south of El Pescadero, off of Highway 19. Watch the HWY KM markers. Just after KM marker 65, turn left. Go to the ocean by following the dirt road.
References and Links:
- Website: Surfline – Playa Los Cerritos
No trip to Southern California is complete without a visit to Baja, Mexico. Traveling to Baja is a fantastic experience for any van or RV