Stand Up Paddle Guide to Los Barriles, Mexico by Fiona Wylde

Los Barriles

Are you looking for a sunny place to spend a long weekend, a month or maybe three? Well, it doesn’t really matter how long you stay in Los Barriles, you can be certain that an adventure will wind up at your door step. Los Barriles is a small town located about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The town bordered by long white sand beaches to the east and the Sierra De La Leguna mountain range on the west, it’s a cute, tight-nit community filled with Americans, Mexicans, and travelers from all over. Starboard rider Fiona Wylde gives us the insight into this downwind paddle  playground.

Fiona Wylde’s link to Los Barriles

Los Barriles is where I grew up, I went to school  there for 4 months every winter, and have some of my best friends there. Los Barriles is where I learned to windsurf, kite, and where I have found it to be one of the best training grounds for Stand Up Paddle racing.

Renting SUP boards and SUP gear in Los Barriles

If you’re looking for stand up gear, windsurf gear, kites, mountain bikes, or want to learn to free-dive, they have everything you need at Vela Baja, you can also stay at the hotel on the beach, so you don’t miss any of the action!

Best SUP spots in Los Barriles

You can drive about an 1.5 hours to either the East Cape near Cabo, or Todo Santos on the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula, and you’ll find long, warm runners! Bring lots of sunscreen 😉

For calm glassy mornings, you can enjoy watching the sunrise right out of the water. In the winter months, you should plan on being at the beach at about 7am and you’ll see the sun starting to peak out of the sea. It’s the perfect way to wake up. Whether you want to put a bunch of miles in or just cruise up and down the coast, the calm glassy mornings at sunrise are my favorite times on the water.

Best spots to train in Los Barriles

I have grown up here in this town, but honestly, it’s one of the best places to train for SUP Racing in the winter months when it’s cold back home in Oregon. There’s upwind paddling, downwind paddling, flat water paddling and the water is warm! If you live in a cold climate and want to get some rays of sunshine and have a solid training week, I would definitely suggest visiting Los Barriles! Between the water and the off water cross training activities you are sure to have an epic trip, and put some solid hours in.

Best downwind runs in Los Barriles

A great downwind is from Punta Pescadero to Los Barriles. Load up your boards and drive 7.5 miles up the coast to the point of Punta Pescadero. From here you have a straight shot back into town. Paddle a little ways off shore because sometimes the bumps will push you towards the beach, but the glides are spectacular! This a great run for paddlers of all abilities. Give yourself about 30 minutes to drive up to the drop off point. The paddle is typically an hour a minimum.

And as a tourist…

The area is great for mountain biking, there are loads of trails through the desert and up in the hills. It’s easy to put a few hours on the bike before you even realize it! Just remember, over the rocks around the cactus! check out Trailforks Mountain Bike Guide.

If you want to windsurf and kitesurf there is the El Norte wind. It typically starts to pick up mid morning and whether you want to windsurf, kite, or SUP downwind, you have many hours to do so! On an average day would the wind will blow about 15-18knts and it’s steady as can be. You have about 3 miles of beach that you can launch from. Swells roll through the bay, making fun ramps, or nice swells to turn on whichever you fancy. Foiling has also taken off, and it’s one of the most fun places to play in the swell.

Don’t forget about the Margaritas, after all you are in Mexico! One word of advice, they’re quite strong!  😉 and make sure you head to El Viejo Taqueria, a  staple for the best tacos you can dream of! Hope to see you on the water!

About the Author

Helen Trehoret

SUP, OC1, V6, Surfski ... and field hockey coaching, Helen is a busy British mother of two who lives in Bretagne, France with a passion for all things Ocean. Helen runs Barrachou SUP, a SUP tour company specialized in excursions around Bretagne and Scotland.

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