Nine kilometers west of Camalú on Mexico 1 via a wide, graded dirt road, Punta San Jacinto offers surfing and primitive camping on a sandy but exposed beach. The turnoff to Punta San Jacinto comes between Km. 149 and 150 on Mexico 1.
The town of Camalú, beginning at Km. 157, can meet most basic- traveler needs with its several markets, pharmacies, and eateries. There is also an auto mechanic and Pemex station with diesel fuel. Directly west of town (turn right at the stoplight north of the Pemex and drive straight out to the beach), Punta Camalú is a worthwhile right point break, reportedly more consistent than Cuatro Casas to the north.
The surf is found at the site of a huge freighter, Isla del Carmen, that is beached on the sand. It’s a soft wave but a good choice for days when the northwest swell is huge. Baja Surf Adventures (toll-free U.S. tel. 800/428-7873, www.bajasurfadventures.com ) runs a solar-powered resort here, providing lessons and basic accommodations for up to 16 guests.
You can camp for free on the sand dunes behind the beach, but it’s not recommended, since crime in this area is a real concern.