Camping Baja's Best Beaches

Baja Sur: Sea of Cortiz
By Fred Jones & Gloria Jones
La Paz Coastline
La Paz Coastline

San Juan de la Costa
There are a number of sand, pebble, and mixed beaches along the western shore of Bahma de La Paz. The dirt road north of San Juan de la Costa has soft, sandy stretches that can easily bog down larger vehicles, as is the case with side roads to the shore. Trailers are difficult to manage here. Pickups, vans, and four-wheel-drive vehicles will fare better. Fishing for roosterfish, grouper, snapper, pargo, sierra, and dorado improves the farther north you go.

Where it's at: The beach is located north of La Paz. Access is by the 24-mile paved road to San Juan de la Costa, which leaves Highway 1 at Kilometer 17 about 10 miles north of La Paz, and the dirt road that continues another 35 miles to El Mechudo.

La Paz
Long beaches such as Tecolote, Cachimba, La Sorpresa, and Arena de la Ventana are interspersed with sandy coves and rocky cliffs. This is a great area for exploring with groups of four-wheel-drive vehicles. The fishing can be exceptional as well.

Where it's at: The beaches are located on the Sea of Cortiz, northeast and east of La Paz, extending from Playa Balandra (campground 1) and Playa Tecolote (campground 2), around Punta Coyote and south to Bahma de los Muertos Beach. There are dirt roads east of Tecolote, and a network of rough, sandy four-wheel-drive roads fan out from the southeast edge of La Paz to the northern area. Other dirt roads that leave the pavement out of San Juan de Los Planes lead to the southern section.

East Cape Beaches
These beaches form an almost continuous 25-mile strip. Blanketed with soft white sand, they become wider the farther south you go. There is ample opportunity to find solitude, as many stretches between public access points are remote. The wide, sweeping beach at the southern end between Punta Colorada and Punta Arena invites long walks and is great for shelling. Private lands block many access points, but adventurous souls can find ways in.

Where it's at: The beaches extend from four miles north of Los Barriles south to Punta Arena. The campgrounds from Los Barriles Beach to Correcaminos RV Park afford public access to this stretch of coastline. A sandy road parallels the coast in both directions from La Ribera, with numerous four-wheel-drive roads branching off it toward the beaches.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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