California to Baja (Suggestions....PLEASE)
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 26, 2012 3:32 PM Last Post By: marlajfish
Nov 25, 2012 1:45 PM
California to Baja (Suggestions....PLEASE)Hello Folks,
My girlfriend and I will be traveling from the Bay area to Baja, in our old toyota van, starting December 15 until Christmas day. We need help in finding some cool, relaxing, affordable sites to visit on our trip. We have looked through Lonely Planet books and Camping Mexico's Baja, so any information you provide that can be found in these books would be superfluous. Can you help????
A little bit about us:
-in our early thirties.
-enjoy wholesome delicious food (farm to table to type stuff)
-dont mind things a little rustic (plan to camp and stay in cheapish hotels/hostels)
-love wildlife and adventures (rock climbers/skiers/whitewater boaters)
Thanks for any help, we really appreciate it!!!
Nov 25, 2012 2:30 PM
1I would suggest La Paz, there are a few hostels there, camping out at Tecolote Beach, hiking the beach and hills...
on the way down you could stay at Cowboys Hotel in Guerrero Negro, camp at Conception Bay, Baja is expensive during the holidays..to early for whale watching but at the old salt pier just outside Guerrero is bird watching....suerte
Nov 25, 2012 5:02 PM
2La Paz for.sure, but before that there is Bahia Concepcion, which you might choose to spend several days at. Stock up on supplies in Mulege. You may also want to suss out Bahia de Los Angeles on either your way down or back up. This is on the northern Sea of Cortez; the turnoff from Mex1 is between El Rosario and Catavina on the peninsula.
Nov 25, 2012 7:04 PM
If your entire trip has to be completed between Dec. 15 and Dec. 25, then I think La Paz is a bit of a reach for you. It would, I think, be one day to the border, and then, at the very least, 2 long days to La Paz. That gives you a minimum of 6 days coming and going to spend 4 days in La Paz. I love La Paz, I highly recommend it. But maybe not for you this trip. I don't have either of the books you mention so anything I say could be "superfluous."
Camping further north outside of Sta. Rosalallita, or Laguna Manuela west of Jesus Maria could be fun. Camping at Sta Inez, just barely south of Catavina is great. Lots of hiking in the boulder country. Many people love Bahia de Los Angeles. Mulege and Bahia Concepcion are beautiful and there are hikes and cave paintings nearby to explore. I love Loreto, the islands, the canyons, and the missions. Also a town with good restaurants and shops. Get a map, try some side roads, stay open and see what happens. We all find different parts of Baja to love.
Nov 25, 2012 8:45 PM
4I stayed at Bahia Asuncion for 4 days this last July, it is right on the Pacific,Lots of thing to do the hosts Sheri and her husband Juan were wonderful , I did not want to leave. no tourists or timeshare salesmen...check out their website, tell them Rick from San Mateo,CA sent you
Nov 26, 2012 3:23 PM
510 days is not much time if you're driving from the Bay Area, it will seem to go by in a flash! Keep in mind you should never drive after dark in Baja, cows wander onto the road, roads get washed out etc. Get a good guidebook with mileage markers, it will be invaluable. My suggestions would be as follows: First night in San Quintin, either staying at the Old Mill area (must turn off the highway onto dirt roads to find the bay here so follow the directions in your guidebook) or around Cielito Lindo. Next stop, Bahia de Los Angeles. My favorite place on the planet. Camp at Daggett's and get Ruben Daggett to take you out to the islands in his boat. It's not cheap but he's an amazing self taught naturalist and you can see lots of wildlife. Then head on down to Bahia Concepcion and either camp there or find a lodging. There used to be a cheap little campo there called Naranja or there are places in Mulege. If you camp on the bay and see a bunch of RVs, be aware that their sewer lines are running right into the bay. Maybe make it as far south as Loreto if you feel ambitious otherwise come back up and visit San Ignacio and its famous mission. If you are interested in trekking to see cave paintings, ask in San Ignacio, you have to hire a guide and go to this little town to do it, then stop at the end of your trip at Guerrero Negro and ask them at Malarrimo if there are any whales in the bay yet. If there are, then take a whale watching trip (2 hours $40) into the bay to see the gray whales. Malarrimo has great food and some cute cabanas too. On the way back you could stop at La Jolla campground south of Ensenada they have some modest motel rooms too, I think. If you've had enough of camping, there are many hotels and motels of all prices in Ensenada and great seafood there too. Have fun!!!!! And keep your gas tank half full all the time. Make sure you stop at the border and buy your tourist visa! You need it when you get south of Ensenada.
Edited by: marlajfish
Nov 26, 2012 3:32 PM
6BTW, this book is not the newest guidebook you can buy but it is an amazing reference book to Baja and I have dogeared my copy. I see you can get a used copy from Amazon for a penny plus shipping and well worth it. http://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Peninsula-Comprehensive-Guidebook-California/dp/1891275003/ref=pd_cp_b_2
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