Bahia de los Angeles is a bay on the coast of the Sea of Cortez known for its sport fishing and beautiful natural surroundings. The town isn’t much more than a fish camp, but because of its position and popularity with tourists, it has a good number of basic amenities. Less than 1,000 people live permanently in the bay, and only in the last few years did they get regular electricity instead of depending on generators. The winds that blow out of the west can make this town hot and windy, so watch out if you are camping or mooring a boat.
The Bahia de LA is easily accessible by private boat or yacht, and if you are cruising along on the Sea of Cortez it will make an easy stopping-off point. You can come in on Highway 1, but it is a long way from everywhere, so be prepared for a a trek. It’s better to arrive during the day and not as the sun is going down so that you can find somewhere to stay and so that things are still open when you get there. There is a tiny airstrip (BHL airport) just north of town, and you can take a short flight to here from other major airports in the area.
What to See
From December to April, the great grey whales come to the bay, and it’s an exciting moment when you see them for the first time. The bay is also home to sea lions, dolphins, and lots of sea birds. In addition to the marine life, you can take a trip to visit the church, monk cells, and kitchen of the Jesuit Misión San Francisco Borja, built from cantera stone and just outside of town. The dirt road that takes you to the mission also passes several caves with prehistoric cave drawings in, considered some of the most important on the peninsula. Finally, the Museo de Naturaleza y Cultura gives you a glimpse into the town’s pre-hispanic and mining past.
What to Do
Bahia de Los Angeles is known for its water sports and sport fishing. It’s an excellent spot for kayaking and boating, windsurfing, and hooking a few fish. The bay and surrounding waters offer yellowtail, sea bass, snapper, grouper, sierra, bonito, and the occasional dorado. Non-sport fish include trigger and barracuda. There are 16 islands surrounding the bay, so you can take some great snorkeling and sightseeing trips.
Fish is, of course, the freshest thing going. If you are out sport fishing and catch something good, most restaurants will happily cook it up for you. There are lots of tiny no-name places along the town’s main road, and a few of the hotels offer restaurants and bars as well. Daggett’s is a camping spot with a nice restaurant on its property that is open from October to March, and the Los Vientos hotel just north of town also has a restaurant. The Costa del Sol hotel has a good Mexican breakfast, and Hotel Las Hamacas has great fish tacos and shrimp and scallop cocktails.
Bahia de los Angeles is a little low on nightlife. Your best bet is to visit one of the few well-stocked but small grocery stores, pick up a few beers, and enjoy the view beachside or on a terrace somewhere. Restaurants, of course, serve alcohol, but most places don’t stay open very late. Occasionally, the town hosts parties or events during holidays, sometimes on the tennis court behind the internet cafe.
If you want to camp, there are lots of places available. Dagget’s offers camping and also has regular rooms with hot showers. In front of the Guillermo’s motel there are camping spots with views of the beach. Your best bet for safety and comfort is to camp in town. There are also a handful of hotels in the bay including the Villa Vita, Guillermo’s, Hotel Costa del Sol, and the Villa Bahia Hotel, which offer free kayaks with your room fee, and north of town you will find Los Vientos, which has a swimming pool. Some, but not all, hotels offer wifi, make sure you check in advance if that is important to you.