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Summer in a Tropical Paradise: Baja’s Charming San Ignacio

by Terry Marcer

San Ignacio in summer is an amazing spot.  This magical little pueblo truly is an oasis in the middle of a desert that those of us who live here take for granted.

Summer in San Ignacio

We are being reminded of this fact by the visitors who are arriving on vacation, now that school is out.  A lot of them have stopped in Bahia de Los Angeles, San Felipe and south of there, down Highway 1, to Bahia Conception and Loreto, La Paz and East Cape.  They have all loved the beauty of these places but several of them have been camping and just could not tolerate the heat and humidity.  When they arrive here, at the San Ignacio Bed & Breakfast (which I and my husband own), they really want assurance that the AC works, as the day time temps have been pretty high.  I assure them that, yes, it does, but that they will not need it for more than a few minutes and they are pleasantly shocked to find out that I am right.  The nights have been cooling down to the low to mid 60’s.  It won’t be long till they are a little warmer…but I am sure but we will enjoy it for now.  It usually cools off pretty nicely until around the end of July or sometimes even in to August.

Another great thing about San Ignacio is the Rio San Ignacio, Baja’s longest river which runs to the Pacific Ocean at the Laguna San Ignacio.  You cannot kayak it to La Laguna since it goes underground several times along the way.  In the dry season, it is just a trickle of fresh water going into La Laguna.  When we get a tropical storm or a good rain in the mountains around here, there is quite a flush of fresh water full of nutrients that runs into La Laguna, making the blue shrimp grow like crazy!  They are the best I have ever tasted — but that only happens in the fall and once every few years.

A tropical paradise

San Ignacio...a hidden gem in Baja

The river temperature right now could not be more perfect for swimming and since it is fresh water, it does not hurt all those nicks and scrapes and bug bites that come with summer.  There are many springs along the river bed keeping it fresh and the ojo de agua (the spring where the river starts) is always good for swimming year round.  The water comes out of the ground warmer than your body temperature. Paddle boarders and kayakers also get a lot of enjoyment out of the river.  Sometimes it looks like there is a current but it is only the wind.  The river has a partial obstruction dam which backs it up a bit to form the reservoir that people see as they cross the river on their way into San Ignacio pueblo.  Many a beautiful photo has been taken from the dam with the ancient volcano in the background, the palms along the river, and right now the new moon is visible during the day making it even more spectacular!

We have our traditional Fiestas de San Ignacio coming up at the end of July and the town is booking up.  More about that as the Festival draws nearer! In the meantime, think about visiting our little hidden gem, San Ignacio…summer, or anytime of the year!


Terry and Gary Marcer own the San Ignacio Springs Bed & Breakfast, located right on a small lagoon in a thick thatch of beautiful date palms, and famous for its thematic yurt suites and rooms.  For more information, call them at (01) 52-615-154-0333.  Email them at or visit Ignacio Springs on Facebook. is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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