Baja Norte: Sea of Cortiz near Santa Rosalia

Camping Baja's Best Beaches
By Fred Jones & Gloria Jones
fishing boat, sea of Cortiz
Fishing in the Sea of Cortiz

San Bruno
These white sand beaches are accessible to people with off-road vehicles. Several rocky areas between the beaches offer good fishing from the shore. Winter is the time to go.

Where it's at: The beach is located on the Sea of Cortiz, south of the town of Santa Rosalma. The beaches extend for five miles south of San Bruno, which is one mile east of Highway 1 at Kilometer 173, about 14 miles south of Santa Rosalma.

Punta Chiavato
Playa La Palmita is readily accessible by pickups and vans on several dirt roads down small gullies. It takes four-wheel-drive vehicles to work farther south from La Palmita or to access the southern beaches off Highway 1 north of Mulegi. Fishing off the beach might net you a roosterfish. It is a great place for seeking out seashells. We spent four delightful days on Playa La Palmita following the shade around the camper, reading books, enjoying the sweeping view, and heading a hop away from our camp to cool down with a dip in the placid bay waters.

Where it's at: Punta Chivato is located on the Sea of Cortiz, south of Santa Rosalma. The beaches are most easily reached about 12 miles east of Highway 1 at Kilometer 156, approximately 25 miles south of Santa Rosalma, off the washboard road to the Punta Chivato Hotel. Starting with the northernmost beach, Playa La Palmita, west of the airstrip, Playas Mapachito and El Chivato extend about 10 miles south along the western shore of Bahma de Santa Iniz.

Bahma Concepcion
This is the greatest aggregation of uniformly lovely beaches — all with stunning views and fronting on placid waters — to be found in Baja, the whole of Mexico, or, for that matter, anywhere else in the world we have been, heard of, or read about. In other words, go. If fishing's your thing, you may be disappointed, but the clamming is great.

Where it's at: Bahma Concepcion is located on the Sea of Cortiz, south of Mulegi. The northernmost beach, at Campo Playa Punta Arena, is about 10 miles south of Mulegi. It is about 20 miles from there to the southernmost beach, Playa Armenta. In between are seven other campgrounds.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 5 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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