Playa Tecolote, Baja



Playa Tecolote is a stunning beach that offers breathtaking views of Isla del Espritu Santo (Holy Spirit Island). Scuba diving, fishing excursions, snorkeling, and jet ski tours are just some of the many activities available to guests of this destination. Playa El Tecolote is a favorite among La Paz locals and visitors alike. There are some informal eateries in the vicinity, making it convenient for getting to and from the beach and a great place to kick back and have some fun.



Playa Tecolote is an essential stop for any van lifer traveling through southern Baja. The ability to set up camp right on the sandy beach is a major selling point.

The shallow water makes it possible to enjoy a leisurely swim, a feature shared by most of the beaches in this stunning region. If you’re a shell hunter like me, you’ll find immense joy in collecting all sorts of lovely small stones, shells, and sea glass from the shores of El Tecolote, one of the few beaches in La Paz that is long enough to go for a calm walk.


Rent a kayak or paddleboard and enjoy an unforgettable day paddling through El Tecolote’s pristine waters. You can also rent a jet ski for a more thrilling experience. The waves here are perfect for surfing like a real cowboy. And sure, groups are welcome at El Tecolote beach. As a result, the thrilling banana boat rides are a hit with the whole family.

Windsurfing, waterskiing, and parasailing are just a few of the additional water sports and airborne adventures that may be enjoyed on your own thanks to the favorable weather. If you can dream it, you can do it.

The tours, though, are arguably the most interesting aspect of this place. You can go scuba diving or schedule a visit to Espiritu Santo Island. During the appropriate time of year, shark whales can be snorkeled with and experienced firsthand.

No matter what you do, you’re guaranteed to be amazed by the abundance of marine life on the area’s pristine coral reefs, including puffers, rays, eels, angelfish, damsels, and yellowtail, just to name a few.

Beach Restaurants

It’s possible to stop for lunch here if you’re on your way to Balandra and looking for a nice place to stretch your legs. You’ll have the most success if you come to El Tecolote.

Three or five restaurants can be found in this area, the most popular of which is Beach Club El Tecolote. Here, visitors may enjoy refreshing margaritas and a wide selection of beach fare, including ceviche, shrimp tacos, aguachile, seafood cocktails, and many more.


Many people enjoy boondocking at no cost on Playa Tecolote. Camp anyplace your van will go. Be aware that the ground is sandy and that you should prepare for the possibility of becoming trapped.

Escapar a La Baja

Yearly, there is a huge gathering of vans. This six-day event is hosted by the Journal of Lost Time. More than two hundred vans show up to Playa Tecolote for the occasion. There are numerous things to do over the course of the six days besides just paddleboarding and yoga. 

It’s a privilege to have Playa Tecolote for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.



El Tecolote is about 30 minutes from the city of La Paz. You can drive there or take the “Playa Bus” from the Malecon Tourist Bus Terminal for MXN 60.00 (about USD 2.93). This is the same price for Balandra and all of the other beaches along the highway between La Paz and Pichilingue.

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