Pichilingue Peninsula

Pichilingue Peninsula

I had visited the beaches north of La Paz on the Pichilingue Peninsula a couple times before (in 2000 and 2005), but this time I noticed a big difference — lots of private property signs, security outposts, and new housing developments. This is probably the last time I'll try camping in this area.

Beach Access Gates - SportsmobileRoad Past Tecolote - Signs: Private Property No AccessPlaya Cachimba - Signs: Private Property No AccessPlaya Cachimba - Beach - Sign: "Propiedad Leonor Zamorano"Bahía Balandra - Cierra El Diablo - Gated RoadNew Housing Development

One last unoccupied sandy beach still had public access, the beach between Punta las Pilitas and Punta Galeras. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 24.3517, -110.2938 

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I helped these guys get their family truck pulled out of the soft sand just before being swallowed by the rising tide.

Punta Arranca Cabellos - Truck Stuck in Sand - Beach

Bahía Balandra

Driving back south to La Paz, I stopped at Bahía Balandra. The north side of the bay is crowded with campers, but I found a secluded back entrance on the south side. A dirt track to See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 24.3135, -110.3181  leads to a quarter-mile hike along the mangroves to this stunningly secluded sandy spot: See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 24.3170, -110.3209 

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