Los Barriles, Baja

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Overview:

The Mexican fishing village of Los Barriles is a great place for people who like to try new things and get away from the crowds. It is windy and sits on the sparkling Las Palmas Bay. “The Barrels,” as it is called in Spanish, is on the southeast tip of Baja California Sur. It is best known for its kiting spots, sport fishing, and laid-back atmosphere, which bring sun-seekers there for months at a time.

 

Adventure:

The Mexican fishing community of Los Barriles sits on the cliffs above the dazzling waters of Las Palmas Bay, making it an ideal location for those seeking solitude and adventure. Kiting sites, sport fishing, and a chill atmosphere draw sun-seekers to “The Barrels” (as it’s known in Spanish) on the southeastern edge of Baja California Sur for months at a time. 

Kitesurfing

One of the best spots on Earth to go kiteboarding is Los Barriles, with strong winds almost year-round, a wide, relatively empty beach, and numerous huge bays. From November to March, people worldwide take to the water and the beaches to practice a variety of water sports like foil boards, kitesurfing and -boarding, surfing, and wind sailing. Kitesurfers will love the large ‘El Norte’ swell, and the area’s regular midday to late afternoon winds make for plenty of time on the sea.

Experts bring their own gear, while beginners may take classes at places like ExotiKite Kiteboarding School, which also provides on-site lodging, wave camps, stand-up paddleboarding, and yoga. Windsurfing, kiteboarding, scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking are all available here. 

Sport Fishing

Taking a sport fishing trip out on the Sea of Cortez is a must if you’re visiting Los Barriles BCS. Get on the boat at first light to see the sunrise as you travel the hour to some of Baja’s top fishing sites.

The average duration of a deep-sea fishing trip from Los Barriles, Baja California Sur, is from four to eight hours. Charter a boat through a local company or stay at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez, which sits just across from the port. You don’t have to be an expert fisherman to go out; the crew will handle the bulk of the work so all you have to do is reel in the fish.

RV Camping

There are a number of RV campgrounds that will accommodate vans. These campgrounds offer everything from full hook-ups to dry camping. A few of the main campgrounds are:
  • Baja Sunrise
  • East Cape RV Resort
  • Playa Norte

Boondocking

The second ayyro is the best place to go boondocking close to the heart of town. Although the sand is soft and inviting for a boondock, it’s important to exercise caution should you become mired. Don’t stray too far from the beaten path.

It’s a privilege to have Los Barriles for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles

 

Directions:

From Los Cabos airport (SJD), take Highway 1 north for an hour to get to Los Barriles. Another option is to fly into La Paz (LAP), which is two hours away and has many domestic destinations.

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