de Los Angeles
de Los Angeles is a small fishing village located on
the shore of a large bay protected by the waters of
the Sea of Cortez by the Midriff Islands. Bahia de Los
Angeles is located approximately 400 miles south of
the Mexican-U.S. border, reached by traveling south
on Baja 1 to a turnoff at Punta Prieta.
Whales, porpoises, seals, and the occasional killer-whale
frequent the waters nearby and provide fun for those
lucky enough to have a boat that can take them into
the offshore channels. Fishing guides and boats (pangas)
are available in town. The cost is about $80 per day.
Equipment is not generally provided, and there is no
place in town to obtain it; if you want to go fishing,
bring your own gear.
The islands also provide a paradise for divers and snorklers,
although the strong tides and unpredictable winds make
both treacherous. The shorelines of the peninsula and
the islands contain hidden beaches that are private
and appear untouched.
The village provides, by U.S. standards, primitive accommodations.
There are several restaurants, markets, motels, and
campgrounds; a paved airstrip, a school, hospital, museum,
and beautiful beach. It is probably most charming because
of its primitiveness.
August and September can be humid, too. Ice is a precious
commodity and quite costly. Fall and Spring are pleasant,
especially if the north wind doesn't blow. Temperatures
are often in the 80's and the water, although too cold
for best fishing or swimming, is delightful. Winters
are desert-like in that they are warm during the day
(70's and 80's), cold at night (40's and 50's). The
water gets cold, fishing gets hard, and most visitors
are gone. Bahia de Los Angeles is world-famous for its
"gravity winds"; in the evenings the wind shifts from
the prevailing northerlys to westerlys, off of the peninsula.
The wind literally howls. When the winds are strongest
a visit to Bahia can tax even the most die-hard Bahia