Bahia de los Angeles
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Ensenada, B.C. Monday 10 of February of 2003. - An important tourist development was anounced for the Municipality of Ensenada, when destining itself three million Pesos in infrastructure and tourist promotion of the Municipal and Port of Ensenada, informed the State Secretary of Tourism, Alejandro Moreno Medina today.He announced that one of the planed improvements is the reopening of two Gas Stations, in Punta Prieta and Bay of the Angels, belonging to the Municipal of Ensenada, to offer regular prices for fuel, this will be benefitting tourism and the economy of local residents.
Roads: Highway 1 from Punta Prieta to Ensenada is in good condition. Road construction south of San Quintin can cause a slight delay. The road to Bahia de los Angeles has sporadic patches of potholes. Stay alert and don't speed!
Gas: Gas is readily available from drums in Bay of L.A. Since it is hauled in from Guerrero Negro, the price is about 1.20 pesos more per liter than at Pemex stations. There has been no gas for several weeks at the La Pinta station in Catavina, but it can occasionally be purchased from drums on the east side of the highway.
Fishing: Guillermo's Sportfishing and those launching private boats from his ramp in L.A. Bay report good catches of yellowtail and cabrilla near Smith Island. In San Quintin, Old Mill Sportfishing reports catches of yellowtail, albacore, dorado and limits of red snapper -- but very few anglers.
Is located 42 miles south east of the Transpeninsular Highway, approximately 360 miles south of the U.S. border. About a 9-11 hour drive from the border. The tourist rest area of Punta Prieta in the Central Desert of Baja California is 480 kilometers south of Ensenada, on the Transpeninsular Highway between Ensenada and La Paz. There is a well marked junction heading east that leads to Bahia de Los Angeles, 66 kilometers from the main highway. In addition, the village of Bahia de Los Angeles has a paved runway for private aircraft.
Los Angeles Bay, historically was considered an important mining center, was discovered in 1746. It has a population of ca. 443 inhabitants. The beaches here are very quiet since they are protected from the swell by the islands lying in front of the coast. The biggest island of the state is located here and is named the "Angel de la Guarda" island. There are other places to visit in this bay such as the Men and Nature Museum, rupestrial paintings in nearby areas, the remains of the "San Francisco de Borja Adaci" and the "Santa Gertrudis La Magna" missions. Don't miss the "Las Flores" mine and vestiges of last century mining industry. This place offers all basic services for tourism.
One of the most beautiful bays anywhere, Bahía de Los Angeles is formed by a narrow sandy point, backed by the rocky mountains of Calamajue and San José. The Isla de la Angela de la Guardia stands sentinel over this calm and peaceful bay. More than 15 islands accompany "the Guardian Angel” is including Coronado, Ventana and Cabeza del Caballo. Bahia de Los Angeles, little spoiled by the hand of man, exemplifies the awesome rugged beauty of nature. As you crest the hill and get your first glimpse of the sparkling bay - Have your camera ready; the awe-inspiring view will take your breath away! The town, with its population of approximately 500, has grocery stores, a pharmacy, a museum, a medical clinic, and a turtle farm.
The weather in Bahia de Los Angeles, is pleasant and balmy most of the year, there is always a fresh sea breeze to temper the sun. July and August, however, can be extremely hot.
Bahia de Los Angeles is a sportsman's paradise. Fishermen will find Corvina, Grouper, Barracuda, Sea bass, Yellowtail, and the occasional Marlin, to name just a few. In addition, you can dig for clams or dive for lobster, oyster or scallops. For the hunter, game includes bighorn Sheep or local game birds. Or, take advantage of the excellent wind conditions and enjoy exciting waterspouts such as water skiing, sailing or windsurfing. Enjoy sight seeing? Rent a boat (complete with guide) to cruise around the more than 15 islands in the bay where you will find a great variety of birds, sea lions, dolphins and, native fin back whales. Hiking, mountain biking, and off-roading are excellent ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Bahia de Los Angeles. The warm balmy nights of Bahia de Los Angeles invite you to stroll along the beach, or just kick back on a lounge and gaze at the stars.
A visit to the local museum is an interesting and educational excursion. It presents both history and a collection of art craft of the local Indians and the Central Desert of Baja. Also of interest are the Mission San Francisco de Borja, built in 1762, and the 10,000-year old Indias de Montevideo rock paintings.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES
by Carlos Fiesta
As the Baja traveler drives the last few miles towards Bahia de los Angeles, the Sea of Cortez and the offshore islands explode into view. This is one of the most spectacular vistas in all of Baja, and well worth a stop for photograph. The town itself is layed out in somewhat of a haphazard manner, and aesthetically leaves something to be desired. However, whatever this small town lacks in manmade beauty, nature has more than made up for with the incredible scenery of the surrounding mountains, seas, and the dramatic islands floating just offshore.
This isolated village does offer basic supplies such as beer, ice, and some food items. And the market on the right side of the road has a telephone which is usually working. Boaters will have no problem launching off of the two boat ramps in town, and private pilots will find that the local airport is usually in very good condition (after a brief stop in San Felipe as an Airport of Entry).
Bahia de los Angeles is perfect for travelers who want to experience a true Baja adventure, but who don't want to stray too far from the blacktop!
PUNTA SAN FRANCISQUITO is a Baja hideaway not often visited by the average Baja explorer. Located about 75 miles south of Bahia de los Angeles, Punta San Francisquito is one of the best places in Baja to really get away from it all! For more information on this Baja gem, check out the section below under "Local Interest - Side Trips".
CARLOS FIESTA'S HOT TIP: PUERTO DON JUAN is a large natural harbor, about 15 minutes (by boat) southeast of town. This natural hidden cove is right out of a pirate movie, and the sand beach on the south end is a great place to spend an afternoon snorkeling and exploring nature!
Bahia de los Angeles has some very nice beaches, although the more popular ones tend to be a bit north or south of town. The beaches alternate between rock and sand, both north and south of town, and access is generally pretty easy. Since the paved highway ends right in town, having a vehicle that can accommodate dirt roads is important to reach some of these beaches. Most of the coastline of the offshore islands consists of cliffs and rocky beaches.
PUNTA LA GRINGA 8 miles North of town, take the coastal dirt road. A good sandy beach, very remote, gets a good crowd when the weather is nice.
PUNTA ARENA North east of town on the point, dirt road north, right at junction. Another good sandy beach, protected waters, and closer to town.
PLAYA LOS ANGELES Smack dab in the middle of town. Sandy beaches close to all the action.
PLAYA MOANA South east of town, on the south end of the bay, left turn off the main road at signs. Very nice beaches, somewhat exposed to prevailing north west winds. Camping, RVing, Camping is fun and easy in Bay of L.A. There are miles of beaches north and south of town, and it's usually no problem just pulling up to a good spot and setting up camp. Most of the camping is done north of town because of the easy proximity to town. But don't discount the beaches on the south end of the bay, especially when the winds are calm. They are just as beautiful, and usually less crowded. Fishing - Boating, Fishing and boating are popular here, partially because of the blacktop access all the way from the U.S. border. This makes it an easy trek for trailered boats coming down from the southern states. The quality of fishing has gone through various stages over the last few decades, and appears to be on an upswing during the latter part of the 90's. There is no question that over fishing from commercial boats has caused a significant drop in the fishing in the waters off of L.A. Bay. Recent regulations against long lines and such seem to have helped stem the tide of over fishing, and good fishing seems to be on the increase. There are 2 boat launching ramps right in town. Hotel´s, Lodging, Luxury accommodations are not an option in Bay of L.A. However, the accommodations that are available are generally clean, and well priced. Both of the hotels are located just a stone's throw from the water, and close to the other services in town.
Charri and Javier do an excellent job of running the facilities, and the meals are usually delicious! Plan on a rugged three hour drive south from Bay of L.A... it's worth it!Recreation,
The wild and rugged nature of this beautiful area compliment many types of recreation. Both land and water sports can be enjoyed here all year long. With the spectacular backdrop of the Sea of Cortez and the offshore islands, recreation is given a new spirit in these parts.
DIVING: Snorkeling and scuba diving off of the local islands can be very good. Some of the islands offer a rather bland view of rocks smaller fish, while other islands offer a nice display of soft corals, sea fans, sponges, and a variety of fish. Wet suits are recommended November through May.
KAYAKING: Bahia de los Angeles is a great place for kayaks. The calm waters of the protected bay allows for easy paddling, and the water is clear. It can be fun to paddle out to the island group just offshore, or to head south along the beaches and bluffs at the lower end of the bay. Long excursions north and south are becoming increasingly common for experienced kayakers.
OFF ROAD: Dirt bikes, dune buggies and most 4 wheel drive vehicles will find no shortage of open terrain to explore. For short trips, the roads north and north-east of town make great runs. For longer runs, the road south to Punta San Francisquito is great all day or overnight adventure. For a tough interior road, try the dirt road which spurs off the main Bay of L.A. road to Mission San Borja. This road starts 28 miles from the Transpeninsular Highway, and heads south up into the rugged terrain. Very remote, but worth the effort.
WINDSURFING:The calm waters of the bay are great for beginning board heads, and the winds increase further from shore to give experienced riders a good run for their money. Launching is easy anywhere in town, or up and down the coast. The islands can twist the local winds up a bit, so staying clear will produce more consistent winds.
Restaurants - Bars, Having a good breakfast to get started in the morning, or winding down with a good dinner after a full day outdoors is a great way to enjoy L.A. Bay. The number of restaurants is not large, but the quality of food is good, and the prices are reasonable. Shopping, There are a couple of stores in town where a Baja traveler can stock up on the basics. Both of them are on the right side of the road as you enter town. They both seem to offer a potpourri of items, and the inventory runs very inconsistent. Still, the determined Baja traveler should be able to muster up whatever essentials may be required to get them to the next stop.