Where: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico
When: Jan – March is great for whale watching
Happenings: Kayaking, whale watching and staying in a secluded palapas hut
Watch out for: Scorpions and rattlesnakes!
Baja de Los Angeles is on of the most beautiful bays in the world, called the Bay of Angels, situated by the inviting waters of the Sea of Cortez. Hardly any tourists come here because the road is rough and there are not many places to stay. The people who live by the bay are mainly fishermen. It is a small and tight knit community. If you love the cactus, if you love deserts if you love nature, wildlife, whales and birds it is fantastic and beautiful place to be.
15 islands are located off the waters of the bay, all close to one another making the Bay of Angels a sea kayaking paradise. Kayaking is one of the most popular activities here and a great way to spend your visit. It’s cheap at $30 a day but sometimes when the weather is bad there is not much wildlife to see. Always be a little bit careful if you walk bare feet around here in the sand or the desert because there are lots of rattlesnakes and scorpions around.
Where to Stay
Huts known as palapas are dotted around the coastline of Baja. They’re a great place to spend the night, because you just look for one that is empty and doss down in it or you can camp as well. Sometimes the landlord comes over and charges you a bit of money, and sometimes he doesn’t. Another good thing about staying in these huts is that you meet people who can get a lift.
If you want to get to a really decent beach, you’ve got to come off the main road and get on a dirt track. Baja gets about 50 million visitors a year and it is amazing how easy it is to escape them all. The trouble is, you’ve got to know where you are and where you are going, because you are in the middle of the desert and there are absolutely no signposts anywhere. It’s worth driving off the beaten track because when you find the perfect beach the chances are you’re on your own.
From Camp Gecko you can take fishing and whale watching trips where if you’re lucky you could catch a glimpse of the California grey whale or the blue whale, the world’s largest animal. There are more than 50 species of sea birds like the Osprey, brown pelican and blue footed boobies, and dozen of whales and dolphin species. The bay is a natural barrier against tidal flow which is my so much marine life ends up staying here, feeding of the rich plankton sea floor which generates an amazing eco-system.
Sea Kayaking Baja
Ray Jardine journeys along the inside coast of the Baja Peninsula.
Bay of Angels – Classic Kayaking Trip
Plan a trip kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, a chance to sea dozen of species of whales and dophins