After driving a few hours down the coast we stopped in Bahia Concepcion for three nights. This bay in Central Baja is about 30km long and is dotted with numerous sandy coves with clear calm waters where you can drive up on the sand and camp. There is a caretaker who rents out palapas for $8 a night. Other than that, there are no facilities. Just sand, ocean and view.
Then we drove a short hour and stopped in a town called Loreto. And somehow we ended up staying here for five days. After not getting a proper shower and washing our dishes with saltwater for a few days, we were practically giddy when we found clean bathrooms, showers that are actually hot, good water pressure, and consistent wifi. We also love the food here and have frequented the same taco stand and clam shack every day. These are our staples.
Loreto has a good presence of long term residents from North America so it is very easy to travel in. But it’s not dominated by gringos so it still feels very much a Mexican town. We really like Loreto. It’s small. Everything is walkable. The people are friendly. We feel very safe even walking to places at night. The locals are friendly and helpful. Twice we were chased down by locals after leaving our precious Hydroflask water bottles at the car wash and the clam shack. People offering us free maps, helping us get our lunch back from the seagulls at the beach. Yup, now that I am writing this, maybe we do look a bit clueless sometimes.
We did make one excursion from Loreto. We splurged and took a boat ride to Isla Coronado which is a National Park. You can visit a sea lion colony, look at limestone cliffs, sea birds, hang out on a white sand beach and snorkel some reefs. It’s a great trip and highly recommended. Although one tip, you should definitely try to snorkel with the sea lions. We chickened out, but it would have been an amazing experience.
We have been on the road for almost a month now and have been in Mexico for two weeks. The tripping itself has been wonderful. Baja is actually very easy to road trip in and I recommend it to everyone who has a few weeks and a vehicle. The tougher elements of narrow roads, navigating, car troubles, language barrier, bug bites, roughing it are all expected and part of the adventure. The rewards are beautiful locations, friendly people, great food and cool experiences.
On the other hand, the parenting part of the trip has been more difficult than expected. I will speak for only myself here but I feel like I am regressing to being a cranky mom when Ty and Jamie were newborns. Although there are super bright golden moments that money can not buy, I spend too many moments saying no or barely keeping the peace. I suppose this is in itself a parallel journey too, in which we discover our relationships with the kids being together 24/7 in a box no bigger than 12×6.