Southwest Vizcaino

Estero la Bocana

Passing through the village of Estero la Bocana on the way to Bahía Asuncion

Vizcaino - Estero la Bocana - Sign - Bahia Asuncion

Bahía San Hipolito

Bahía San Hipolito has a big beach of white sand and broken shells. There is beach access at El Batequito See in Google Maps See in Google Earth  26.8683, -113.7591 

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The lighthouse at Punta San Hipolito. I stopped to climb the lighthouse, and then poke around the rocks and tidepools. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth  26.9729, -113.9886 

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Scenic beach continues around the corner of Punta los Lobos.

Vizcaino - Punta los Lobos - Punta San Hipolito - Tidepools

Bahía la Asuncion

Continuing northwest, I passed Punta Prieta on to the beaches of Bahía La Asuncion. Here's another vigilancia shack. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth  27.0359, -114.0533 

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Passing through the fishing village of San Roque, I saw that their burned-out church has been rebuilt.

Vizcaino - San Roque - Church

Playon San Pablo

Around the corner from Punta San Roque is the beach Playon San Pablo. You can get there by heading north over the steep windy vigilancia tracks on the rocks of Punta San Roque, but this time I took an easier inland route. I turned southeast at See in Google Maps See in Google Earth  27.2115, -114.4064  and followed arroyo San Andrés down to the shore. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth  27.2061, -114.4311 

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As the sun set, I played a little game of at making at least a small effort to minimize my use of lights, as to not attract the attention of the vigilancia - whose shack I could see perched up on the rocks at the south end of the beach. But, sure enough, just as I was dozing off to sleep, a pickup truck roared up and some vigilancia guys jumped out to check in on me. As always, they were perfectly friendly, but late night visits from strangers aren't a feature I look for in my vacations.

Vizcaino - Playon San Pablo - Vigilancia - Beach

The next day I headed back along arroyo San Andrés and went then north-northwest a few miles inland to Bahía San Cristóbal. I started seeing a bunch of elephant trees (a "forest" perhaps?) in the vicinity of a hill the map calls Cierra el Elefante.

Vizcaino - San Andres - Elephant Tree

Bahía San Cristóbal

I followed arroyo El Tordillo down to check out this beach on Bahía San Cristóbal. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth  27.3246, -114.4861 

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A bit farther north, I tried again using the access the shore, via road to the San Cristobal and Puerto Nuevo. I found this route to be blocked by a locked gate at See in Google Maps See in Google Earth  27.4068, -114.4749 

Vizcaino - South Road to Puerto Nuevo - Locked Gate

La Playon

I made it back to the main Vizcaino highway at San José de Castro, and continued northwest past Bahía Tortugas towards Punta Eugenia, checking out some beaches on the way. Here is El Playon, a decent beach, but the lagoon seems to collect trash blown about. Blowing trash is sadly a common issue in the Vizcaino. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth  27.7100, -114.9441 

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Punta Quebrada

The next beach is just southeast of the Punta Quebrada fishing camp. Being in sight of houses doesn't make this place very private. And the road ends in mud which prevented me from driving all the way to the beach. But this slowly drying mud held my interest with its compelling irregular pattern of cracks. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth  27.7297, -114.9874 

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