Where is the region of Bahía Asunción?
Arguably, the region extends from Cataviña (about 300 miles south of Tijuana and the US border) to Santa Rosalia (which is about 570 miles south of Tijuana and the US border). The Highway 1 route criss-crosses the peninsula, taking twists and turns, traversing salt flats, desert, climbing into hills and past date groves along the way.
What is the best way to get to this region?
Most people drive either south from the US border/Tijuana area on Highway 1 (the Transpeninsular Highway) or north from the Los Cabos or La Paz area on Highway 1. In either direction, there will be periodic routine checkpoints, with a major checkpoint in Guerrero Negro, where the state is divided into Baja California and Baja California Sur (there is also a one-hour time change there). There is also access through the regional airport in Guerrero Negro, and private planes can be chartered to land in remote areas, like San Ignacio lagoon. Additional airport access is available south of Santa Rosalia, near Mulege. It is important to note that one of the main ways that visitors take advantage of the region’s whale-watching and eco-tours is by chartering or joining up with tour operators and companies. Although this limits the ability to travel to some parts of Central Baja, it offers a safe and comfortable alternative to DIY touring.
What kinds of accommodations are available in Bahía Asunción and Central Baja?
Throughout the region, there are a number of different types of accommodations…but suffice it to say that you will not find a Ritz Carlton in this part of Baja. Small, mid-range hotels exist in Bahía Asunción,Bahía de los Angeles, San Ignacio and Santa Rosalia, and some of these have special charms all their own (like La Bufadora Inn, Villa Bahia and Ignacio Springs Bed & Breakfast). There are also very small, very budget-type of accommodations and even eco-camping. For more information, visit the Bahía Asunción Hotels directory.
What local foods should I try in Bahía Asunción and Central Baja?
Anything to do with fish is probably a good guess! You won’t find five-star dining here, but you will find five-star seafood, including clams and chocoladas (chocolate clams), abalone, scallops, shrimp and other delicacies. Meals are simple, usually grilled or sautéed, and served with hand-made tortillas, rice and beans. Tacos are abundant, and look for delicious rotisserie chickens in Santa Rosalia. Note to self: Bring wine! Although beer and margaritas are plentiful, good wine is definitely not.
Will I have problems communicating if I do not speak Spanish?
This is one of the few regions where you need to try and speak at least a few phrases in Spanish. Plus, it always buys a little goodwill and some big smiles…Mexicans will say that you are muy amable (very nice).
What about drugs and alcohol?
You must be 18 years of age or older, to consume alcohol. It is against the law to drink alcohol on the streets. Driving while drinking is also against the law. Using drugs is a criminal offense.
What should I do if I am lost or have any kind of a problem?
If you have any issues, you should dial 078, the Tourist Assistance Hotline which operates 24/7. It is similar to 911 in the U.S., except that you will be assisted with whatever need you have.
What are the most popular activities in Bahía Asunción and Central Baja?
Hands down: Whale-watching, November through April. However, the scenic shoreline features miles of long sandy beaches, offering excellent opportunities for fishing, surfing, diving, hiking and horseback riding, as well as a chance to explore the prolific beds of marine fossils nearby that would delight even the most jaded archeologist. And beachcombing is a delight, as well, although let it be said that in the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, you are not allowed to disrupt shell beds. Trending in the past several years has been the opportunity to ‘dive with the whale sharks’, enjoyed August through October in Bahía de los Angeles.
What is the weather like in Bahía Asunción and Central Baja?
The central region has a very mild climate year round so it is not too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. The pacific coastal communities enjoy lovely temps in the 80’s in the summer with cooling breezes and winter daytime temps in the 60’s and 70’s. It can be cool if a cold front moves in from the north but never freezes. Due to the warm water, currents that arrive in mid-august and last till February, the water temps are between 70-80 during those months, keeping the winter temps warmer on the Pacific side. As in all of Baja, it can be windy in the afternoons, particularly in the spring months of April-June. And, during the winter and into March, it can be cold—bitingly cold at night, but made bearable by the crystal clear skies blanketed with stars.
Because of our moderate climate in the summer, many people who live in the hot areas like Mulege, Loreto, La Paz etc. come over to enjoy the cooler temps and of course the snow birds love it here in the winter!
Is Bahía Asunción and Central Baja a safe region to visit?
Highway driving can be hazardous at night, given the abundance of wildlife (coyotes, cattle, etc.) that are inclined to cross the roads rather randomly. But in terms of theft or crime, this is a basically safe region and, like any other tourist destination in the world, you have to take certain precautions to avoid any safety issues. Always pay attention to surroundings and use normal safeguards. Always make sure that you have gassed your car up at a Pemex station, and always carry some water and your appropriate documentation (passports, travel visas, etc.) with you.
Will my cell phone work in this region?
There is excellent cellular service in this entire region using the Telcel network. Most places have internet as well.