Kayaking in Baja California (Mulege/Loreto)
Some friends and myself are planning a 12 day trip to Baja California in late August mostly for kayaking on the Sea of Cortez and relaxing on the beaches. We are flying into Cabo San Lucas and then planning on renting a car and driving to Loreto or Mulege. From things that I've read on the internet, the Bahia de Concepcion just south of Mulege looks awesome with some great kayaking.
Which beaches/campgrounds would you recommend on Bahia Concepcion with kayak rentals? How is the drive from Cabo San Lucas to Mulege (I've heard that its about 8 hours on decently maintained roads)? Would you recommend visiting the cave paintings or springs outside Mulege?
And, if you've been there in August, what's the weather like? We can deal with hot, but hopefully its not too rainy. We are also getting travel insurance for hurricanes just in case.
I could ask a million questions but will spare you...any other Baja tips or ideas would be great though. Thanks!
The kayaking there will be absolutely outstanding IF you get good weather. Get out to the islands, I forget their names. You'll have no trouble getting info on the where to kayak once you're there.
(You know there's an airport in Loreto, right? Or even La Paz, which would put you closer. I only say this in case you don't have tickets yet, and it's not cost-prohibitive to fly there since it sounds like your main area of interest is the stretch between Loreto and Mulege.)
The road between Loreto and Mulege is excellent. You can see several splendid spots along the drive where you'll be drawn to go kayaking. BUT, some of them are only accessible if you have a vehicle with decent to high clearance. (Don't rent the Ford Escort thingy.) Also, there are NO gas stations (or weren't when I was there) between Mulege and Loreto. So make sure you gas up. We almost ran out, as in, begging at the military checkpoint if they could spare some (nope, only diesel) and pulling into a couple of ranchos and asking, unsuccessfully.
We limped back into Loreto on fumes after putting it in neutral on downhill sections. It's a beautiful drive.
Have a great trip!
As for the weather, I guess we'll just make the best of it. Everyone is only free during this part of the summer and I feel like if the trip doesn't happen then, its never going to get off the ground.
I will definitely report back and tell you all how it goes.
NTFtravis, haha...I'll definitely keep in mind that there's no gas from Loreto to Mulege. Sometimes I drive in neutral down hills even if I have gas to save $$!
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