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Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) break guidePhoto by: Jorge MacFarland

Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) Surf Guide

Scorpion Bay in Baja Sur is an exposed point break that has fairly inconsistent surf but when it's on it can be World Class. Really long rides are possible. A while back, Surfer Magazine ranked it the 36th best wave in the world while Long Board Mag ranked it in the top ten. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing here. Groundswells are more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. Hazards include urchins and rocks.

Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
18.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Scorpion Bay (San Juanico):

The best conditions reported for surf at Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 34% of the time in May while 0% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 66% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) Location Map

Interactive Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Scorpion Bay is Loreto International Airport (LTO) in Mexico, which is 118 km (73 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Scorpion Bay is General Jose Maria Yanez International (Guaymas) Airport (GYM), also in Mexico, 248 km (154 miles) away.

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Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 5 February 2023, 03:35 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 15 14 14
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Swell History at Scorpion Bay (San Juanico)

Surf stats for Scorpion Bay (San Juanico), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Scorpion Bay (San Juanico)

Wind stats for Scorpion Bay (San Juanico), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Scorpion Bay (San Juanico) Reviews:

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Based on 18 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Will from United States
“1965 to 1975-- never anyone --- month on the point not a single car -- only my dad's plane on the old airway flying in to take me to the mulege house for r and r -- whole town sitting on cliff watching me surf -- this was new thing. Leaving my vw bus on the point for a week -- no problems -- family Aquiliar who founded San Juanico were very close -- Ramon died of a ruptured intracranial hemorrhage -- the youngest son of the Aquiliar family -- I unfortunately was not there -- possibly could have been the surgeon to have reversed the problem. Now San Juanico is a dirty little surf ghetto! It is sad -- the days of the desalinization plant are gone and now a road from villa insurgents that a Ferrari could drive! I was always afraid of this -- then Skip Smith and Jay Riddle dropped 10000 feet of film on the place in 1975 and the secret was over! You took Malibu in 1959 from us with Gidget few years later Rincon and then the ranch and now the Baja! No place to run !”

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