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You can rent a board right at the beach at Costa Azul in San José del Cabo, or at the Cabo Surf Hotel, and paddle right into the gentle, feathering waves at the Old Man's surf spot. If you're at the intermediate level or above, walk a short distance eastward to La Roca (The Rock) break. Big waves are best left to the experts up north, in Todos Santos.
Costa Azul Surf Shop. For epic surfing tips, rentals, and lessons, head to Costa Azul Surf Shop. They have the best quiver in Los Cabos with over 150 hand-shaped boards from their popular Olea line. They also offer paddleboards, boogie boards, and snorkel gear. Lessons include transportation, the surfboard rental, a rash guard, and bottled water. All instructors are CPR certified and have 25 years of surfing experience. Hwy. 1, Km 28, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/142–2771 or 624/142–4454. www.costa-azul.com.mx. Rentals, $20 per day, $15 per day for four days or more; lessons, $85.
Mike Doyle Surf School. The Mike Doyle Surf School is the top "surfer-friendly" location in all of Los Cabos. If you stay at the Cabo Surf Hotel where Mike Doyle's is located, you can check the surf conditions from the restaurant, bar, pool, or even from your balcony. The school has over 100 rental boards, from foam boards and short boards to long boards and stand up paddleboards. There are five surf instructors available at the shop for lessons. Cabo Surf Hotel, on the beach at the bottom of the steps, just below the 7 Seas restaurant, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/172–6188; 858/964-5117 In U.S. www.cabosurfshop.com. From $30 for two hour rentals. $79 group rate lessons; $99 for private instruction.