Updated: Aug 8
San Juanico, a gem that lies along the rugged coastline of Baja California Sur, Is a very unique and special place to many people. The culture here offers a unique experience for travelers seeking adventure, tranquility, and a plain old good time. When planning your visit to San Juanico, one crucial factor to consider for a good experience is the weather. Understanding the weather patterns and will allow you to make the most of your journey and indulge in the many activities that Baja has to offer.
San Juanico Baja Weather
The ideal time to visit San Juanico Baja largely depends on your preferences and interests. If you're an avid surfer seeking some proper surf, the summer months between June and August will typically have the most consistent swells. The average temperature during this period ranges from 65°F to 80°F, making it the perfect weather for surfing and 'chillin' with a margarita in hand.
For those who prefer milder weather and fewer crowds, consider traveling during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and fall (September to January). During these months, temperatures range from 60°F to 85°F, offering pleasant conditions for a variety of outdoor activities.
Those looking to experience some "chillier" Baja weather and escape the heat, them January/February are perfect. The temperature will usually be anywhere from 50°F to 70°F during this time. While the surf is typically a-lot smaller and inconsistent during this time, it allows travelers to do activities that may be too hot in the summer. This includes, hiking the nearby mesas, beach walks, off-roading, horseback riding and much more.
Spring brings excitement to Baja California Sur as surfers eagerly await the arrival of South swells on the horizon. However, March and April are generally still slow months in terms of swell and good waves breaking through the bay. As the waters gradually warm up in May, there is hope for the first South swell of the year, offering the opportunity to catch some fun-sized waves. The weather during these months is almost perfect, not too hot and not too cold. The temperature will range from about 65°F to 75°F in the Spring.
Top photo in April 2023, bottom photo in May 2022
When it comes to scoring those world-class waves that you've heard so much about, summer takes the crown. It's during this season that the big South swells and occasional hurricanes converge to create reeling, steep, and perfect waves along the rigid rocks off the points. This is also when we get the warm summer sun, giving temperatures from 70°F to 95°F. Alongside the dreamy warm water and hot air, the summer attracts more surfers to the lineup, but it also brings the best chances for an overhead wave, allowing surfers to finally get that 20 turn wave or enjoy a Muy bueno 30-second nose ride. If you're seeking the ultimate surfing experience and that hot summer sun, June to August is undoubtedly the prime time to hit the waves and make unforgettable memories in Scorpion Bay, Baja California.
Photo taken in July 2022
The fall might be the most underrated time to visit San Juanico. These months are awesome, with warm water (usually around 70°F-80°F) and way less people around. With summer weather and swells dwindling down, the Fall is in some peoples eyes 'the best time to be in Baja.'
Fall is a perfect time to come for some small, but still perfect, waves. Grab the 9’0 log and get some time on the nose, or get some stylish turns on a fun sized fish. While October can be fun, November/December are usually pretty flat.
Photo taken in October 2021
In Scorpion Bay, Baja California, the rainy season typically occurs during the late summer and early fall months. The region experiences the most rainfall from August to October. During this period, the weather patterns bring tropical moisture from the Pacific, leading to an increase in precipitation. The rainy season can result in sporadic showers and thunderstorms, which can add to the lush greenery and vibrant landscapes of the area. Travelers visiting Scorpion Bay during the rainy season should be prepared for the possibility of rain and consider packing a light rain jacket or umbrella, while still being able to enjoy the beauty and surf opportunities that 'Scorps' destination has to offer.
Hurricane season in Baja California typically runs from June to November. During this period, the eastern Pacific Ocean experiences increased tropical storm and hurricane activity, which can affect the western coast of Mexico, including the Baja California Peninsula. The peak of the hurricane season in this region is usually between August and October. It's important for travelers planning a trip to Baja California during these months to stay informed about weather updates and potential tropical storm or hurricane warnings. Being prepared and following local authorities' advice is essential to ensure safety during this time of increased weather activity. For example, in September of 2022, we saw a very powerful hurricane come through San Juanico. It was known as Hurricane Kay and is pictured below.