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Central Baja’s Pacific coast boasts endless miles of pristine beaches of every description. The beachcombing is excellent and you just never know what you might find. The beaches often have skeletons of dolphins, whales, sea lions and birds as well as all kinds of sea critters like jellyfish and mermaid’s purses, floats, not to mention a wide variety of shells. Remember, though, that it is important to protect the marine habitats and the natural environment of the region.
Undoubtedly, this is the singular most magnetic draw to the Central Baja region, and the people of the area are proud to promote the fact that Mexico was truly the first country to implement whale preservation programs. The high season for this is from January through April, with March being the optimum month to see and experience baby (calf) whales. There are a number of eco-tours in the area that offer day outings to see the whales and other marine life. Tour operators include Pachico’s, Baja Eco-Tours and Kuyima.
The lure of the sea…this is an angler’s paradise. From panga boats to charter boats, there is a variety of options available for fishing and boating. Usually, hotel owners and locals can direct you to the best operators available, such as Guillermo’s and Daggett’s Fish Camp. Remember, though, that Central Baja encompasses both the Seo of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean…the advantage being that you can fish two different kinds of waters in just a couple of days! Sea bass, grouper, corvina, wahoo, dorado, halibut, yellowtail, and more await!
In and amongst the mangroves of the various bays are more than 100 species of birds at different times of the year. Many are in migration patterns and simply passing through. Others make their homes in Central Baja. What might you see? Great Blue Heron, Night Heron, Frigate birds, and more. Typically, bird watching tours leave on panga boats at the crack of dawn and can stay out a few hours or all day. The tours meander in and out of mangroves and through narrow channels, between sandy shoals, and the feeling of being one with nature is dominant. The best way to find a bird watching tour? Just ask local tour operators and they usually will set one up for you.
The region around the Vizcaino Peninsula hosts surf contests and is the ‘place to go’ for adventurous surfers who are looking for a good right-hand surf break and some challenging swells.
Many people enjoy driving the coastal route to visit the seaside fishing villages of Bahia Asuncion, BahiaTortugas, Pta.Prieta, San Hipolito, La Bocana and Pta.Abreojos. This coastal area has lovely summer temperatures cooled by the Pacific and fantastic fishing. One can panga fish with guide outfitters for yellowtail and world class calico bass, bottom fish and in some seasons, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dorado and even marlin. The shore fishing is excellent for halibut starting in June, yellowfin croaker and corvine.
Kayaking is popular in Central Baja, but it is important to note that the government does not allow independent kayakers in its protected waters.
Snorkeling & diving & swimming with the whale sharks
In Bahía de los Angeles, hotel Villa Bahia can steer you in the right direction for all of the above…and there is no doubt that swimming with the whale sharks has become a number one activity in this area! Bahia Asuncion has tours to the Islands to swim, dive or snorkel with the playful sealions and the La Bufadora Inn owners can help guide you with that. This is also a wonderful place to kayak, surf, paddle board and beachcomb. The seafood is fresh and plentiful…lobster season begins in September and lasts till February. There is also a world class mountain bike single track and great hiking areas to explore. The people are very friendly and the whole area has that “old baja” feel to it.
Also called ‘rock art’ or ‘rupestres’, cave paintings are scattered throughout this region of Baja…and not surprisingly are not that easy to get to. There are a number of tour guides who will take you to visit the cave paintings (and you can see examples in the church in San Ignacio, which has a museum). The most outstanding examples of rock art are visible in the mountains east of San Igancio, the Sierra San Francisco. In his book, The Cave Paintings of Baja, California, author Harry Crosby reveals more about rock art in this area, including how many of these legacies were discovered. A popular day trip is to La Trinidad. In a small canyon near Rancho La Trinidad, one wall remains of a cave with an image of a large deer painted in a striking orange-red color and beside it are two fawns. According to historian Harry Crosby, the deer represents a recurring theme in Baja rock art, and the one at La Trinidad is one of the best examples found anywhere on the peninsula. The paintings at San Borjita have been carbon-dated to 7,500 years. This work consists of prehistoric paintings of humans and animals, often larger than life-size, on the walls and ceilings of natural rock shelters in the mountains of northern Baja California Sur and southern Baja California.
Festivals are also an important part of life in the ‘Real Baja’ that is this region. Equine races and surf contests are held throughout the year, and little San Ignacio even gets into the fiesta spirit at the end of July, when they celebrate their patron saint.
Camping & Rvs.
In this case, camping and rv-ing are pretty much two separate ideas. Baja Amigos Dan and Lisa Goy have a lot to say about caravanning (RV-ing) in Baja, and they take groups through the peninsula each year. Camping is generally handled through eco-tour companies like Kuyima or Baja Eco-tours and involves either tent-camping (you can rent space or rent tents) on lagoons or beaches or camping in actual structures (small cottages) on the lagoons or beaches. Typically, you are far from a populated area, but often near tour operator’s cafes or shops. It is an experience not to be missed…as long as you don’t require all of the comforts of home!