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Have a Baja Moment! An Undiscovered Paradise Awaits You at Bahia Asuncion

Have a Baja Moment! An Undiscovered Paradise Awaits You at Bahia Asuncion

There is a new destination getting a lot of attention with seasoned travelers, as well as newcomers to this amazing peninsula. This undiscovered paradise is located on the west coast of mid-Baja, in the heart of the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, the largest reserve in all Latin America!

Bahia Asuncion

Visiting the picturesque fishing village of Bahia Asuncion is like stepping back in time to “Old Baja.”  Everyone smiles and waves and visitors are treated like family.

Bahia Asuncion

The town is situated on a long sandy beach, fantastic for beachcombing, swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, running, beach sports, spear fishing, surf casting, and excellent fishing off the rocks.

Bahia Asuncion

The area also boasts wonderful kayaking, diving, hiking, mountain biking, fossil hunting and world class sport fishing for yellowtail, huge calico bass, dorado, and tuna…all caught very close to shore.

Bahia Asuncion

The southern end of the large bay is a great surf spot, which is kind of a secret!! The northern point, on the other hand, is awesome for collecting mussels, or catching dinner off the rocks. There is even a “bufadora,” or blow hole, which is a popular spot for bathing in the natural pools at high tide, and showering in the spray of the water spout.

Bahia Asuncion

There are about 1,500 inhabitants whose livelihoods largely depend upon the two fishing cooperatives that harvest abalone, lobster, clams, giant sea snails, sharks, and many species of fish. The residents are mighty friendly folks who are anxious to welcome you to their town, try out their English, invite you home to meet their families, and perhaps share a fresh plate of seafood with some homemade tortillas. A few expats have found the place to be paradise, and have immersed themselves into the thriving community.

Bahia Asuncion

There is a growing tourism industry seeking to provide visitors with everything they need for a fun stay. There are a variety of hotels and vacation rentals,  as well as camping facilities, restaurants & eateries, and fishing and dive charters. Local services include a gas station, water purification plant, hospital, clinic, many grocery stores with fresh produce, meat and dry goods, ice, internet cafes, hardware stores, pharmacies, tire shop, mechanics, welders, an art gallery, tackle shops, and a telegraph office. Bahia Asuncion is also a popular anchorage for visiting cruising yachts, whose crews enjoy strolling through the village to restock their galleys.

Bahia Asuncion

Apart from the pristine beaches and spectacular fishing, the village is known for its lovely gardens and a variety of flowers and trees. The climate is ideal: not too hot in the summer, with temps around 80 degrees; and not cold in the winter. But what’s best is that there are very few tourists.

Many guide books incorrectly state that there are few services available, and suggest it’s very hard to get here, which is not at all true. The road into Bahia Asuncion is now completely paved all the way in, although at the moment, the highway crews are patching up a part of the road that had a lot of potholes.  Before the road was paved, it was difficult to reach this part of the Baja, so the locals have not been negatively impacted by hordes of tourists.

Bahia Asuncion

Baja travelers who venture out here are amazed how beautiful and peaceful it is, and many end up staying much longer than planned. Some return with more friends (although lots of people want to keep the secret to themselves!) There are few gorgeous places left in Baja which aren’t getting crowded with tourists, and Bahia Asuncion is certainly one of them. It’s truly an undiscovered paradise.

Planning a trip to Bahia Asuncion? Contact a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels, vacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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About Shari Bondy

Shari Bondy has lived in Central Baja for over 20 years, and in Bahía Asuncion for 10 years. She and her husband, Juan both love Baja and play a very active role in their local community. Shari is involved in the gray whale research in Bahia, in addition to being a tour guide, English teacher, sailor and a tourism operator.

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