Bahia de Los
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The first view of
the Sea of Cortez, from the road leading into Bahia de Los Angeles, is
considered by many to be one of the finest vistas in all of Baja.
The rugged mountains and desert with their vast array of tall Ciros and Cardon cactus
offer a sharp
contrast to the deep blue water of the bay and the islands just that lie offshore.
The extraordinary natural beauty of the area is undeniable and will
likely stay with you long after leaving.
It seems like progress is unstoppable, even in
the remote areas of Baja. What the local residents have now,
that was absent until just a few years ago, is not
one gas station, but two. Bahia de Los Angeles existed for
years on generator power but progress has brought 24 hour electricity
(of course there are sporadic outages) to the area. Municipal water is
(as always) scarce and is dispersed sparingly. There is long
distance telephone service available and Internet access is available in many
If you have come to fish, as most visitors do, your odds of doing well are very good. Bahia de Los Angeles is famous for the amount of yellowtail caught in the local waters. The bay also offers up bass, cabrilla, barracuda, sierra, roosterfish, needlefish, skipjack, grouper and roosterfish. In the summer, a bit farther out, you might even come across some marlin or sailfish. In late summer, when the water gets really warm, the area can produce some pretty good dorado action.
Whales are frequent visitors to the outer bay. In the summer months the area is visited by whale sharks, which are actually the biggest fish in the sea. If you are visiting in the summer (June - Nov.), ask around about their presence. A close up encounter with a 50 foot whale shark is something that will not soon be forgotten. You can hire pangas from the local fishermen to search them out. Take cameras whenever you are on the water in Bahia de Los Angeles, as you never know what you are going to see.
There are sixteen islands in and around
the bay so the snorkeling, diving and just plain exploring are usually
every bit as good as the fishing. There are sea lion colonies on
some of the islands. It is also a great place to take your jet skis
with lots of "usually" glassy water to play on.
The town square has a large bandstand in the center and faces the city hall. A good clean, but basic, medical clinic is located beside the town square with a 24 hour physician available for a nominal charge. The clinic does not have all of the latest, or the very best, equipment, but the doctors seem to be truly dedicated and are not to proud to tell you if an injury is beyond their capabilities.
A small, rather basic, sea turtle hatchery/research station dedicated to the preservation of the species is located on the beach just north of town. It is open to the public (when it's open) and the work they do is great stuff. You can view turtles of various ages in the 3 large tanks and get some idea of the difficulties of survival that sea turtles must endure. This is a great place to take the kids (if it's open) and is deserving of a friendly donation.
The local museum is well a
worth a visit. The garden is regional and shows the names all those
cactus and plants that you saw on your drive in. The museum itself is very well
done and filled with
local history and is a nice tribute to the early mining days and the strong families that
originally built up this
small community. The sailfish and dolphin skeletons alone are worth
the price of admission, which is a donation of any size. The museum
also stocks a pretty good selection of books about
Baja, tee shirts, hats, etc.
The two hotel anchors in the area, Villa Vita and Guillermo's, both offer restaurants, bars, rooms with AC and Villa Vita has RV spaces. Hotel Costa del Sol is right on the main street across from the water and has a great little restaurant.
There are a couple of new hotels just north of town that are very nice, one is Los Vientos, complete with restaurant, beach bar and pool. This hotel also provides wireless Internet service, as do several others along the beach.
Camping sites are numerous, with several right in town and more to either the north or the south along some questionable roads in various states of rough. The camping in Bahia de Los Angeles, although plentiful, is mostly pretty basic. The best camping (for amenities) is directly in front of the motel rooms at Guillermo's, these spots provide a view and access to water. Daggett's is a popular spot with large palapas at each camping site, right on the Bay. A decent restaurant is open from late October through March. There are also rooms with hot showers and fairly comfortable beds. Kayak rentals are available here.
Nearby there is an old, well preserved, mission dating to 1762. Misión San Borja de Adac is one of the most remote missions in Baja. Some rock art located near the mission is also worth the time to explore. Tours can be arranged from Bahia de Los Angeles, ask at your hotel or camp ground. You can drive in (about 20 miles) on a rough trail from the main road although we do not recommend you try this unless you have a 4 x4 vehicle.
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