a sleepy little village, there's plenty to do in the Buena Vista - Los Barriles area.
You'll probably get all excited about doing something constructive when you first get into
town. Don't worry, your high spirited enthusiasm will soon take a back seat to the
'manana' mode that catches every Baja traveler. Still, if you really must do something,
here are a few options:
All Terrain Vehicles are a great way to get around Los Barriles and Buean Vista. They
are also tons of fun to rent for a few hours!
AMIGO'S MOTO RENT
Telephome 011-52 (114) 8-3549.
Located at the main entrance of Los Barriles on the north side of the blacktop, between
the market and Chapitos.
A.T.V. and Wave Runner rentals. Half hour, hourly, and daily rates. Mountain and
private tours also available!
The Buena Vista - Los Barriles area is a great place for mountain bikes, largely
because of the dozens of miles of coastal dirt roads and very little traffic. The road
north towards Hotel Punta Pescadero is well graded and flat for the first few miles, and
then becomes hilly and rocky as it approaches the hotel. The views from this road are
spectacular! The road seems to smooth out just past the hotel, but don't be fooled. It
turns in to the road from Hell as it eventually cuts through the mountains towards Los
Planos, eventually turning into blacktop as it heads up towards La Paz.
Heading south from town the road stays relatively flat for dozens of miles, although it
does tend to run a mile or so inland from the coast itself. There are several spur dirt
roads that connect with the Sea of Cortez, most of these are access roads for the various
resort hotels. A nice place to stop, have a cold one, and enjoy the view!
Most of the snorkeling and diving in the Buena Vista area tends to be along the
coastline, as there are no islands directly offshore here, and the offshore shelf tends to
drop off rather quickly along most of this stretch of the Sea of Cortez. The one advantage
of this rapid drop off is that the local fish usually aren't too far from shore.
Spearfishing can be good along the rocky beaches, and north of the Hotel Punta Pescadero.
For further local dive information:
VISTA SEA SPORT (Web Page / e-mail)
011-52 (114) 1-0031
Apartado Postal #42, Buena Vista, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23580.
Scuba and snorkel trips / 2 hour - half day - all day / rentals and certification.
Mark and Jennifer Rayor do a great job running this first class dive operation.
Experienced dive masters, quality equipment, and local knowledge of the best dive
locations make this company one of the best in the East Cape area.
Horseback riding on the beach, just like you've seen on TV commercials, but better.
Because you are on the horse! Most of the hotels will help you arrange a macho steed to
romp with along the surf line. Even a casual ride through town, along the tree lined
streets, can be a relaxing experience.
Most of the shoreline along the Buena Vista - Los Barriles area is very calm, and the
water is clear (except during the occasional summer chubasco, or during the brief windy
periods of spring and fall). Launching off of any beach is very easy. For a greater
variety of viewing options, the rocky cliffs start a few miles up the road toward Punta
Pescadero. These cliffs also provide a greater degree of wind protection when the
afternoon sea breezes kick in. Longer excursions north towards Punta Arena, and south
towards Cabo Pulmo provide plenty of beautiful empty beaches for overnight camping!
Surf, senior, did you say surf? Hard to believe, but true, when a southern hemi pumps
up the volume in the East Cape, Cabo and Scorpion Bay, there's a good chance that the
point break at Punta Arena will be offering roller coasters. This often takes place from
June through September. It's a goofy-footer's dream come true . . .chances are good you
and your buddies will be the only ones in the water. No Sex Wax here, bring your own.
Because the beaches of Buena Vista are tucked in behind the East Cape, the waves from
the open ocean rarely get past Punta Colorada. This provides calm, often totally flat
waters off of the sandy beaches. The combination of flat seas and warm waters (June
through November) make taking a dip hard to resist!
The glassy waters of the Sea of Cortez are just begging for a Wave Runner or Jet Ski.
Local residence, however, would probably appreciate you taking the noise a bit offshore,
or up or doen the coast away from the area homes!
AMIGO'S MOTO RENT
Telephone 011-52 (114) 8-3549.
Located on the main road coming into Los Barriles, north side of the street.
Wave Runner rentals by the half hour, hour, and by the day. Tours available.
Los Barriles is sailboard central. When the winds come screaming in during the spring,
the wave-hopping begins! Although the swells are not as big as Maui, and the different
skill levels offered are not as diverse as The Gorge, experienced sailors can strap in and
fly all day long when the winds are up. When the winds are calm, there's always other fun
stuff to do during the lull. Like trying to figure out how old that girl is in the Brazil
Reef sandal ads.
SOLO SPORTS BAJA WINDSURFING
is a great web site to surf if you are looking for more information on windsurfing in
Baja. These folks wrote the book...check it out!
Another good web site to check out for boardsailing in Baja is BAJA GUIDE by Mike Godsey.
And if you don't mind heading about 40 miles north of Buena Vista for some good sailing
in a very laid back environment, VENTANA
WINDSURF has a lot to offer!
VELA HIGHWIND CENTER
(800) 223-5443 * Hotel Playa Del Sol.
These guys are some of the best in the business. Other locations world wide.
BAJA SURF CLUB
(800) 551-8844 * Hotel Palmas de Cortez.