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Looking for Surf Central in San Jose del Cabo? See the Baja Waterman.

Looking for Surf Central in San Jose del Cabo? See the Baja Waterman.

His real name is Bernardo Urrea, but in these parts he’s best known as the Baja Waterman (BW). BW owns and operates one of the premier water-based activities companies in Los Cabos, with a superb slate of surfing, stand up paddleboard, and snorkel adventures at some of the area’s most beautiful sites. He also has the best stocked surf shop in San Jose del Cabo, with a huge selection of boards (what kinds? all kinds), apparel, and accessories. BW has his own apparel line, of course. He’s our local version of a superhero. Only instead of rescuing us from exciting, adrenaline-filled situations, he and his team take us to them.

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Baja Waterman offers a great selection of surf, SUP, and snorkeling adventures.

Baja Waterman offers tours and rentals for all the top surf spots. The shop is a stone’s throw from local favorites like Acapulquito and Costa Azul, with breaks that are perfect for surfers of all skill levels. The Middle at Costa Azul is a great spot for beginners, while neighboring Zipper’s is hosting the area’s first 6-Star ASP surf tournament, Los Cabos Open of Surf, in June. Baja Waterman also maintains a small fleet of 4×4 off-road trucks for surf adventures to lesser known sites like Shipwrecks, Nine Palms, and Punta Perfecta.  Want to get away from the crowds? Sign on for an East Cape Surfari, and enjoy pristine beaches and great surfbreaks along this ruggedly beautiful and sparsely populated coast.

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Stand up paddleboarding is the world’s fastest growing water sport.

There’s a good reason stand up paddleboard surfing is the fastest growing water sport in the world: it’s a hybrid that combines the beauty, balance, and adrenaline rushes of surfing with the slower paced appeal of kayaking. Stand up paddleboarding (better known as SUP) is easy to learn, and one of the area’s best family friendly activities. It’s also a terrific cardiovascular workout, perfect for soothing the mind and strengthening the body. Baja Waterman offers lessons at Palmilla, popular tours to Land’s End and El Arco, the signature monument of Cabo San Lucas, as well as two-bay SUP and snorkel tours of Tourist Corridor gems Chileno and Santa Maria, both of which boast fish-rich waters and gorgeous beaches.

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Looking for Los Cabos’ largest selection of surboards, stand up paddleboards, body boards, and skimboards?

Need a board? Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, there’s one waiting for you. Baja Waterman has surfboards (longboards, shortboards), stand up paddleboards, body/boogie boards, skimboards… Well, let’s just say they have the largest selection of boards in Los Cabos. Period. Rent, test ride, or buy the latest from Surftech (BW is a Surftech demo center), Bark, Laird and other top brands. Snorkel gear is also available at the surf shop, as is the latest in seaside apparel and beach accessories.

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Baja Waterman is surf central in San Jose del Cabo.

Where to Go: Baja Waterman has recently moved. Formerly adjacent to Deckman’s at Havana, the company can now be found at the shopping plaza near El Zalate, flanked by Mediclinic and La Joya. The shopping plaza is situated just above Costa Azul, San Jose del Cabo’s premier surfing beach, and is accessible from the Carretera Peninsular, the highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

What to Bring: A swimsuit and sunscreen are recommended for all activities, as well as a camera to document your adventure.

Find out about big waves in Todos Santos, and other top surfbreaks at

Ready for a trip to Los Cabos?  Check out our new School’s Out promotion, featuring great deals for two of the area’s premier hotels, Hotel El Ganzo in San Jose del Cabo, and Bahia Hotel & Beach Club in Cabo San Lucas. Better book now, the promotion ends on July 31st. is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at

All photos courtesy of Baja Waterman.

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About Chris Sands

Chris Sands is the author of Bohemia by the Bay, and writes about wine, golf, and travel for publications such as, Los Cabos Guide, Los Cabos Magazine, 10 Best, and USA Today. He is a full-time resident of Cabo San Lucas.

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