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December – month of FIESTAS and winter sunshine!!!

Bahia Asuncion Amiga: Shari Bondy

The weather is cooling down now…gosh sometimes it even gets down to the high 50’s…that’s when the locals bundle up in hats, gloves and coats and all complain about the FRIO! But, the visiting snowbirds still sport shorts and flip flops on the days in the high 60’s and mid 70’s and enjoying the sunshine.

Flowers on display in Bahia Asuncion

Growing up in a snow belt sure makes me appreciate the all round mild climate here in Central Baja. I love it that I can go to the beach pretty much any day and the ocean is warm enough to swim in.

Baja has an incredible amount of sunshine…even in December. The winter storms coming down from the north mostly peter out before they get this far or bring a bit of cloud, wind and hopefully some rain to nourish the plants…so the pithaya fruits are plentiful and the area will explode with flowers in the coming weeks.

It never ceases to amaze me how flowers bloom in December…my garden is full of plants in bloom which is such a delight to look at when we are relaxing in the sunshine on the patio. Here are some of my garden’s December blooms.

The December holiday season is a real family affair with big Christmas dinner gatherings as well as lots of weddings and posadas. Family and friends come from far and wide to be together. The food is plentiful and mood is festive…and a far cry from all the hustle & bustle north of the border.

All of us here in Central Baja wish you a very happy holiday season!



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Shari Bondy, Bahia Asuncion Amiga

Shari Bondy & HorseHola everyone and welcome to the Bahia Asuncion blog. My name is Shari and I am a Mexi-Canadian living here in beautiful Asuncion. I have had the good fortune to live in this area of central Baja for over 20 years and absolutely am in love with this part of the peninsula.

Before moving full time to Asuncion, I lived in Guerrero Negro where I taught English at the University there (UABCS) and also guided whale trips in Laguna Ojo de Liebre. As much as I loved my job, the lure of living in a paradise like Asuncion was just too strong and I moved here when I married my husband Juan, who is from San Roque, a tiny fishing village a few minutes north of Asuncion.

When I first moved here, I was so absolutely amazed at the pristine beauty and overwhelmed by the friendly locals that I wanted to shout it to the world how awesome this place is. I wanted to share it all with my friends, relatives and travelers who seek out this kind of “old Baja” experience.

Not many tourists ventured out to this area because the road was terrible…I mean REALLY REALLY bad! But over the years the government has been making improvements to remote villages and helping the communities by paving the roads. We are now proud to have pavement all the way from Mex 1 into Asuncion, which had made a big difference in our lives and opened up our area to tourism. Most Baja travelers admit they had always wanted to visit this remote part of the coast and now with the new road, they are starting to discover this area, so rich in diversity and things to do.

Many do a circle trip entering the area from Vizcaino and coming to Bahia Asuncion, visit Bahia Tortugas then head out the graded coast road south that has spectacular beaches, surfing & fishing all along the way and passes through the fish camps of Pta.Prieta, San Hipolito, then through the villages of La Bocana and Abreojos and back out to Mex. 1.

It’s always so fun to watch people’s reaction when they come to town for the first time and take in all the breathtaking scenery. And lots of the townsfolk have made new friends with the visitors and new residents and are enjoying new cultural experiences.

Bahia Asuncion is a paradise for nature lovers, fishers, kayakers, hikers, bikers, surfers and the village offers lots of services to the visitor. There are several stores & restaurants, a hospital, mechanics and tire shops, welders, accommodations of every type from a small hotel, 2 B&B’s, vacation home rentals and campgrounds.

For such a small, sparsely populated area, there is lots going on and I look forward to keeping you all up to date on road conditions, events and life on the Midwest coast of Baja.

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