Bahía de los Ángeles ("Bay of Angels") is a coastal bay on the Sea of Cortez, located along the eastern shore of the baja peninsula in the state of Baja California, Mexico. The town of the same name is located at the east end of Federal Highway 12 about 42 miles (68 km) from the Parador Punta Prieta junction on Federal Highway 1.
During high season most people get here via private yacht or fishing boat. If you are yachting up and down the Sea of Cortez, Bahia de LA is an obvious place to stop and get off. You can get a cold beer, hot food and the mooring is good.
The road from HWY 1 is good and is the other way to get in. It is a long trek in from HWY 1 though and there's really no trail there so not so many people do. The road is mostly used by trucks that bring in supplies to the yachters and fishermen.
- 1 Bahía de los Ángeles Airport (BHL IATA) (located 2 miles North of town). is a paved airstrip which handles general aviation services.
There are several other primitive airstrips in the area. Like most primitive airstrips in remote areas of Mexico—extreme discretion is advised. Even local planes that are not carrying contraband may be armed and suspicious as protection against those who are (and the equally dangerous Federales).
Most restaurants, hotels and food stores are on the unnamed, 1-mile long main street that runs north-south along the Bay. Walking is one way for getting around Bahia, as there are no taxis or public buses.
There are two gas stations (Pemex) at the entrance of town. The next nearest gas station (to the north) is in the town of El Rosario, some 292 km north along Federal Highway 1.
Hike 3 miles in the mountains and see an old mine that is awesome
The bay is famous for its Whale Sharks. There are colonies of sea lions near Isla Coronado known locally as "Smith Island", and another South of Punta Animas.
Misión San Francisco Borja: The construction of buildings was begun in 1759. A stone church was completed during the Dominican period, in 1801.
Bahia de Los Angeles is popular for activities such as kayaking, wind surfing, and tourism in addition to being a sports fisherman's paradise. Bahia is famous for its sport fishing. Sport fish from this region include Yellowtail (Jurel), Seabass (Cabrilla), Snapper (Pargo), Grouper, Sierra, Bonito and the occasional Dorado. Non sport fish like Trigger, Barracuda and various others exist in abundance.
Camping: Sleep somewhere with walls and preferably with air conditioning. During various times of the year Westies (hot dry westerly winds) come boiling off the desert plateau and sweep across the town. 46°C (115°F) temperature with 130 km/h (80 mph) winds and 1% humidity at 3AM is something everyone should experience... once.
- Villa Bahia Hotel, La Gringa Road (Go north on La Gringa road). 11 rooms, on beach most rooms have kitchens, all have WIFI, AC, 24 hour electric, pet friendly, BBQ's, free use of kayaks with room rental. US$60-95.
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