The last excerpt from my husband’s adventure 1000 miles into Mexico, from San Diego to Los Barilles.
We left Ciudad Insurgentes, turned north, traveling through farmland near town and scrub-ranch land as you go further out. We are headed to San Juanico, known to surfers as Scorpion Bay.
There are many spots where the road is being raised and rebuilt, forcing you to get off and drive in the ditch for stretches of road. You will also find bridges washed out and have to drive through the water to continue. There literally is no easy way to get to Scorpion Bay.
We finally reach the little town of San Juanico and immediately check the surf. Surf is small when we arrive and you can see that there has been a lot of sand washed off the points, exposing rock. The points here are a perfect right hand setup, point after point, five of them, anyone you choose is going to be awesome. There are times when the sand fills in perfectly along the points, allowing people to ride from the outside, all the way in to the boat area in the back of the bay. That makes for a 1-1.5 mile ride…incredible. Didn’t really believe until I confirmed with other local folks that had seen it.
We were able to rent a little house called The Palapa right above a little point, known as Zeros, back in the bay, near the edge of town.
The Palapa is a small single room with two beds. Good basic amenities with nice porch, fenced with a gate you can pull your vehicle through to close up for the night.
Surf check on the bluff the next morning – still pretty small. Tide was wrong so we drove into town to check it out.
Nice little town, a lot of Americans are living/visiting here. Went to a small farmers market; plentiful fruits and vegetables, fresh chicken and tamales available. Local folks were really friendly.
Afternoon surf check, getting better, looking more promising. Paddled out through some extremely sharp rocks and surfed until dark, super fun waves. I got to be the last one in the water. Getting fun surf to yourself is not something you experience often in California, so this was a pretty awesome afternoon.
Had a quick supper in town. Took advantage of the wifi to catch up with family back home.
Made our way back to The Palapa, enjoyed the sunset on the porch. Drank a few beers, talked about old friends and old times. Nice way to spend an evening.
In the morning we headed out to our final destination of Los Barilles. We did take a quick side trip out to the town of San Carlos and Bahia de Magdelana, Mag Bay to surfers and fisherman. This is the jumping off point to the excellent fishing you will find in Mag Bay.
We had a really good lunch at Baja Teriyaki in Ciudad Constitucion.
Headed south towards La Paz, on Mexico Highway 1. La Paz is big city, lots of traffic.
Eventually hit a small little semi tropical mountain town called San Bartolo. Wish we had spent more time here, looked like a really cool place to check out. At this point we are only 15 miles from our final destination and anxious to get there.
Dropped out of the mountains into Los Barilles. So nice to finally get to the ocean on this side, knowing we will be here for five days. Checked into the Hotel Buena Vista and went to the pool bar for a drink.
The Hotel Buena Vista is a nice quiet resort catering to fisherman and visitors. This hotel has a fleet of fishing boats with experienced captains, restaurant, beautiful pool, and is located on the beach.
You will find a variety of rentals available, such as kayaks, stand up paddle boards, fishing and snorkeling gear. Best part is the comfy chairs located on the beach.
Typical day: fish a little, swim a little, relax, eat, fish some more, drink beer and margaritas, watch a little football and soccer.
Point of interest here – The hotel sits over an underground river of natural hot springs that flow into the ocean, so as you swim along, every now and again you will cross through the warm water.
Took a quick trip down south one day to surf a spot called Nine Palms, north of San Jose Del Cabo.
Caught some really fun lady fish, a small Mexican tarpon. Their mouths are really boney, making it tough to set the hook, but once you do they are a ton of fun to catch. Over the week while in Los Barilles we also caught sierra, needle fish and a small rooster fish.
Los Barilles is such an enjoyable and relaxing place to stay, especially after the drive we had to get there. I felt very fortunate having the opportunity to make this drive down with my good friend George and after five days relaxing was really glad we would be flying home! For those of you not ready to make the 1000 mile trek by vehicle, it is super easy to fly in and out of the airport in Cabo. Tracy and I will definitely be back in the spring!
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