We spent New Year’s Eve aka Ty’s birthday on the beach in Los Frailes, a beautiful bay in Baja’s East Cape where camping is again free right on the beach! After scoping out the whole area and reparking a couple of times, we settled in a beautiful spot with nothing but sand between us and the water.
Our big boy turned 4. We managed to get some balloons and a little candy edible pen, the only thing that looked birthday worthy from a tiny store. The whole thing cost about $1.25 and we were a little worried how it would go over. But he was really happy and expected nothing more. We spent the day on the beach, fishing (Simon got his first rooster fish), swimming, and then we had a birthday dinner out in Cabo Pulmo completed with a surprise piece of birthday cheesecake with whipped cream. Back at camp Kimberly’s dad baked him a real birthday cake in their trailer from pancake mix and fresh lemons and even shaped it TY. (But we forgot our camera! It was very impressive and tasty.) The day ended believe it or not with watching new years eve fireworks on the beach and everyone was in bed and asleep by 9. Happy Birthday and Happy New year!
Aside from the pretty bay Los Frailes is cool because it has a good mix of everybody. In the north end is a seasonal fish camp where local fishermen and their families live. From where we camped, we could hear them going about their daily lives. Every sunrise was a bustling of activity of boats getting pulled to the water. Every evening was a campfire and lots of laughter. In between were sounds of kids playing and cries of seagulls and pelicans as fish were brought back to shore and cleaned.
Mexican families come here too because it is only a short drive from Los Cabos. It felt like a privilege to be able to observe the lives of real Mexicans, so different from most other beach camps where everyone was a tourist. The place is also really popular with North American snowbirds who come and stay for six months in their RV’s. With the place being absolutely free and having a well, and it is within an hour’s drive of a bigger town of Los Barriles and a couple hours from Los Cabos, I don’t know why not more people do it.
Fishing is good here in Los Frailes too.
South of Los Frailes is the east cape road which is a rougher road that leads all the way to San Jose del Cabo. We had heard of it being endlessly washboarded and washed out but in reality it wasn’t that bad. We drove with Kimberly’s family who had a 4runner towing a trailer and they did just fine. The road itself is dotted with empty beaches where you can pull up to and camp, again for free. We spent a night on the road, explored a deserted house that shared the same million dollar view as us, and I was very happy to cross off “seeing wild horses in Baja” off my list.
After exploring the east cape, we said goodbye to our traveling friends over breakfast in San Jose and then we headed to Cabo San Lucas, where we discovered again more vehicle trouble. This Sportsmobile is like a beefy guy who looks good but can’t run and can’t jump. We are learning that the shocks and suspension aren’t up to par for what we are doing and we need to fix it before heading to Mainland Mexico but that’s another post.