The Bay of San Luis Gonzaga is south of San Felipe, past the Enchanted Islands that you can see from the highway. It’s a great beach to stop at if you’re driving down the Baja peninsula in a van for a few days. There are no towns in this area, just a few fixed and mobile homes and a hotel.
You can do many different things at the beach while you’re here. But the main things to do are chill out on the beach and watch time pass. I like to paddleboard and snorkel most of the time.
When you get to San Luis Gonzaga, there is a road, a grocery store, and a restaurant called Rancho Grande on one side, and two entrances to the beach on the other. One gives access to Alfonsina’s hotel, and the other gives access to Rancho Grande’s land and palapas with grills. This ranch is 150 hectares, and there are places to camp right by the water.
There are two campgrounds at bay; Camp Beluga and Rancho Grande.
- Website: Rancho Grande
Camp Beluga is a nice family-run campground with large palapas and rooms. Rafael, the owner, is very friendly and speaks English very well. They have flush toilets, showers, and water that runs all the time. WiFi, but it costs extra. Evenings are very quiet. $500 pesos per night. If you’re lucky, you might even see whales and dolphins there.
- Website: Camp Belgua
The only hotel in the area is Alfonsina’s. This isn’t the fanciest hotel in Baja, but it’s very nice, clean, and has great service. There are 15 rooms, all right on the beautiful beach with white sand. This is a great place to slow down, put your feet up, and take it easy.
- Website: Alfonsinas Hotel
Back on Highway 5, there is a Pemex station and a great market, the best you will find until you reach Guerro Negro an hour’s drive to the south. Fill up your gas tank here if you are going south.
Note: If the Pemex station is closed or out of gas, you can drive across the street to Rancho Grande, where they usually sell gas out of drums.
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