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Favorite "secret" spot you're willing to share?

  • Favorite "secret" spot you're willing to share?

    Posted by DB-Baja on October 27, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Often we prefer to keep our favorite spots down in Baja a secret – be they a secluded camping spot, a good point break, an unmapped oasis or maybe an amazing taco stand on some back street only known to the locals.

    What spot do you love down in Baja that you are willing to share with others? I’ll go first.

    Some friends and I love to spearfish and Gonzaga is a good spot as it has good action, relatively close to the border and warm water from late spring to fall. There are a few small lagoons tucked in about a half mile south of Punta Final there at Gonzaga Bay.

    We hire one of the pangas at Gonzaga to ferry us over and usually spend 4 or 5 days just diving during the day and eating and partying at night. The panga shows up every other day to bring us some ice and anything else we need.

    You have your choice of lagoons on that part of the coastline and it’s probably no big secret as the place is visible from out on the water but access by land is probably only on a dirt bike. However we didn’t see any trails leading in and I’ve never seen any evidence that others routinely stay there.

    It an amazing spot where you will feel like you are a million miles away from anything else. The coordinates are: 29.762172401732983, -114.26209469268498.

    mikel replied 3 weeks, 3 days ago 11 Members · 18 Replies
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  • DuckDive

    Member
    October 27, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    The surfing community is generally notorious for not encouraging public discussion of point breaks but I’ll share one. The Seven Sisters area has a distant cousin; a right point break at Punta San Fernando that produces some smaller but consistent waves south of the Punta San Carlos windsurf camp. Hardcore surfers will keep looking further south but it’s a shorter drive to reach and of the 5 or 6 times we have been down there, we only saw other surfers once.

    There’s some really good fishing off the point and tons of trails nearby for 2 and 4 wheel off-road fun, making it a great location for some family camping.

    GPS: 29.69556604317497, -115.6179272758681

    • BajaBundo

      Member
      October 27, 2022 at 4:12 pm

      OMG, surfers all over Southern California are having seizures right now. 🤣

    • bajajeepers

      Member
      October 28, 2022 at 8:12 am

      That’s actually a very cool tip @DuckDive – thanks! We will be down in December and just might plan a side trip out to check it out. My oldest boy is always bugging me to go somewhere he can surf nearby and that might make a great spot.

    • Wrench

      Member
      October 29, 2022 at 9:54 am

      I have been there at San Fernando probably 6 or 7 times in the last 20 years and as far as the surf goes it can bit a hit or miss. I’ve seen some fairly decent surf a couple of times, a couple of times with little to no surf and last time it was all knarly. I suppose that probably sums up most point breaks – LOL

  • BajaBundo

    Member
    October 27, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    @DB-Baja I seem to recall reading a trip report of a guy on a dirt bike that rode over and decided to explore one of those coves. He saw a big panga and wanted to see what was going on but stumbled onto some locals harvesting a big sea turtle. He was outnumbered and made the smart decision to quickly head back out on the same track. When he got back to Alfonsinas they told him they were poachers from the mainland side.

    • DB-Baja

      Member
      October 27, 2022 at 4:35 pm

      Poachers? Glad we never have crossed paths with them and it really sucks they are going after sea turtles, real low-life scum.

    • Adelitas

      Member
      November 7, 2022 at 4:08 pm

      That entire northern gulf region is no-mans land right now to me. Too much cartel activity and too little police/military presence. We enjoyed it to the max 20 years ago but no longer feel really safe there except maybe when we’re in San Felipe, but still worry on the drive north to Mexicali.

      It breaks my heart to say that but it’s the reality right now.

  • bajajeepers

    Member
    October 28, 2022 at 8:27 am

    In keeping with the spirit of this thread, I’ll share one of our favorite camping spots we often use when heading back north and needing a place to safely camp overnight off the highway that is south of Ensenada to allow us to reach the border fairly early if we make an early morning start.

    The area is called “Los Malcriados” and when heading north on the Transpeninsular, take the dirt road that leaves the pavement at these coordinates.

    There are a couple of ranches back there a short distance off the highway that will let you camp and one area even has a playground if you’ve got kids with you.

    • Wrench

      Member
      October 29, 2022 at 9:54 am

      Great tip, thanks!

  • boe4fun

    Member
    October 28, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Not so secret, but Cueva del Pirata at Punta Camalu has a Hotel, restaurante, and camping on the bluff. Right point break. Turn west off Mex 1 at the light and go about 2 miles turning right (north) at the coast. Camping was about 7 bucks US a night (2 years ago) and included electricity, water, WiFi, and a bbq pit. Restaurant is best known for its guacamole and also cracked crab in paprika. Good margaritas too.

    • Wrench

      Member
      October 29, 2022 at 9:56 am

      Cueva del Pirata is great when they are open. The only problem is they don’t announce on their Facebook page when they decide not to open for a day or two or week.

      • boe4fun

        Member
        October 29, 2022 at 10:06 am

        Too true, last time I drove out there they were closed, after I had made a room reservation!

  • LowCal

    Member
    October 31, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Isla Natividad – It’s really no secret yet most of the tourists prefer the bigger Cedros Island as the 4 or 500 people living out on the island tell me they don’t see a whole lot of tourism. To access you will need to either charter a flight in from Guerrero Negro or simply drive out to Punta Eugenia where you can hire a boat to take you on the 45 min to an hour ride out to the island, trip duration based mostly on how much wind their is.

    It’s an interesting little fishing community that mainly works at their coop and are very friendly.

    There is a nice surf break and some great snorkeling around the south and southeast sides of the island as well as pretty good fishing.

    You can camp or even rent a room via airbnb. It’s really only made for 2 people but it’s very clean and with a private bath.

    https://www.airbnb.mx/rooms/17944474?source_impression_id=p3_1667268197_0OHjeRVlbr0%2Fvbxt

    • LowCal

      Member
      November 2, 2022 at 12:49 pm

      This is what the island looks like

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      Isla Natividad

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    • CRF450R

      Member
      November 6, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      I have been to that point looking out at the island and once thought of making the trip but the panga didn’t want to haul my motorcycle with me out there and there was no way in hell I was going to leave it behind.

      • LowCal

        Member
        November 6, 2022 at 6:12 pm

        Maybe one panga didn’t want to or maybe the conditions weren’t right to transport it out but my very first trip to Natividad I rode with a Suzuki being taken out to the island for one of the residents I think. Not sure what the policy on bikes is but I did see some cars and trucks.

    • SolSeeker

      Member
      November 7, 2022 at 11:32 am

      Any English speakers on the island? Restaurants, hotels or just an Airbnb?

      • mikel

        Member
        November 7, 2022 at 5:34 pm

        There are several there when we visited including a few recently deported from the U.S. who spoke English fairly well and who came to island seeking work at the coop. Some of the old timers at the island might act a bit standoffish at first but show them a warm smile and a friendly nature and they will quickly warm up to you.

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