After a few days in Loreto, which became our favorite spot in all of northern Baja, we were ready to explore Baja California Sur. We learned that Baja is made up of two Mexican states. The northern half is called Baja California and the southern is Baja California Sur. Not knowing why they are also called California I turned to Wiki and found that the two Mexican states along with the other California formed what was referred to as Las Californias by the Spanish in the late 1700s. So that explains why Sea of Cortez is also the Gulf of California. Anyway, after Loreto, the first beach we went to was Playa Tecolote 30 minutes north of the port city of La Paz. It is a very popular camping spot because the beach is pretty and camping is free. We hung out on the main beach a little then drove over some dunes to the quiet east side. Despite the Sportsmobile being really tiny for a family of four, this is why we chose it.
In the Baja winter, the Sea of Cortez can get very windy and this night was no exception. To escape a windy beach, we left Tecolote and drove to the Pacific side where we ended up on Los Cerritos beach. It is apparently a famous surf spot according to all the other surfers we met while camping at Pescadero Surf Camp. We really enjoyed Los Cerritos. Soft sand. Warm water. Shallow surf area to play in. It is very chill place with not much more to do than the beach, although you can see developments sprouting up including the super expensive beachfront restaurant where we tried to rent a beach umbrella for Jamie but they were all “reserved”. Outside the beach, the town of El Pescadero is still the kind of place where you can find roadside taco stands that are open a few hours a day and a handful of restaurants open only for dinner. If you want a little more action, there is Todos Santos a few miles north, another pretty town bigger by only a few blocks. We can already see us coming back to this area for a long weekend boogie boarding with the kids.
We also found a turtle rescue operation in Todos Santos. These are some of the last Golfina, or Olive Ridley turtles to hatch. I think the hatching season for Olive Ridleys in Baja is from September to December. These guys just climbed out of their shells minutes ago and as the guy was rounding them up in big box, you could see all of them pointing their noses towards the sea already. Amazing.
The more time we spend in Baja the more we like it. We used to think all Baja was like Cabo San Lucas. We totally get the appeal now of some of the smaller towns and amazing beaches. On another note, as I was sorting through this week’s pictures I noticed a theme.
Ty seems to enjoy the water a lot.