Baja California Journals

Scuba Diving in Baja California

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A travel journal to Baja California by Barb B

Coyote Beach Photo, Baja California, Mexico More Photos
Quote: This journal is about my scuba diving experiences in Baja California. My husband is a NAUI SCUBA Instructor and I am an assistant instructor. We've made many trips to this area, sometimes with students and sometimes alone. A pristine area, unfortunately becoming more crowded each day.

Scuba Diving in Baja California

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Overview

Baja, California Photo, Baja California, Mexico
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Baja offers a wide variety of cultural experiences. Near the California border, one views and understands the extreme poverty that is the life of a vast majority of people in this area. The tiny crowded hillside homes, particularly in the Tiajuana area remind us that poverty is a fact of life in many areas outside the United States. As you travel further south along the Baja peninsula, you see Encinada and its environs and begin to feel the influence of the 'rich' Americans who have settled in this here (particularly near Rosarita Beach). The beautiful homes overlooking the Pacific, provide a sharp contrast to the tin-roofed shacks you have seen just a few miles north. South of Encinada you begin to ...Read More

Las Casitas

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Hotel

Las Casitas Photo, Baja California, Mexico
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Las Casitas (the little houses) is the perfect place for a casual stay in the town of Mulege, Baja, CA. Many scuba divers and campers in this area come to the town of Mulege and the Hotel at Las Casitas for a -break-! A chance to stay at the hotel and enjoy a hot shower after a few days of camping on the beach. A place to sit and have a few drinks/beers while your air tanks are being filled at the Mulege dive center or while your partner shops for groceries next door at the local grocery store, CASA YEE (can you believe this is a town in Mexico--and the grocery store has a Chinese NAME!!??) Las Casitas has a lovely patio for drinks outside--playing cards or just relaxing. Rooms are small (typical in B...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 22, 2000

Las Casitas
Main Street
Baja, Mexico

Camp Grounds

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Hotel

Camp Grounds Photo, Baja California, Mexico
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The price for camping on many beaches of Baja is negotiable! Just talk to the local land owner. (If you speak even a little Spanish, you will have a definite advantage). We (a group of 9 American SCUBA divers) were able to stay on Cayote Beach (about 7 miles South of Mulege) for approximately $20 a night. We set up our campers, tents and laid out our gear without question! We used inflatable boats or royac boards to travel around the bay of the Sea of Cortez. We hired a local Mexican Fisherman/diver to show us the BEST diving and underwater fishing spots (cost was about $20 a day--later the locals told us that was TOO MUCH, we should have only offerred $10 a day.) The facilities are MINIMAL-...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2000

Camp Grounds
Cayote Beach
Baja, Mexico

Las Casitas Hotel Restaurant Photo, Baja California, Mexico
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We highly recommend the Friday night 'Fiesta' at Las Casitas hotel in the tiny town of Mulege, Baja, California. The food is local (the local ladies help to prepare it). The place is usually packed with locals-- tourists and SCUBA divers who have come in off the local beaches for an evening 'in town' usually fill out the crowd. There is lots of local talent with marichi bands, singers, dancers and loads of typical Mexican music and entertainment. WARNING: If you have come in off the beach or from a campground--Stay the night in Mulege (sleep in your car/camper--get a room at a local hotel or--whatever, but DO NOT DRIVE!!) Roads have NO lights, and animals and people roam on the roads at night. Since e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2000

Las Casitas Hotel Restaurant
Main Street
Baja, Mexico

SNORKELING/SCUBA

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Story/Tip

Mulege Photo, Baja California, Mexico
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This dive site is absolutely wonderful!!! A good site for new, inexperienced, and seasoned divers. Talk to the locals and find out about current conditions before you go in the water. A fairly secure dive with maxmum depth of about 30 feet. The closest Air fill station/Dive shop is in Mulege. A REALLY NEAT(!) little rural Mexican town about 7 miles north of Cayote beach. This is the ONLY game in town--accept it!!! The people here are very friendly. Owners, Miguel (a local guy)and his wife Claudia (an American) are both NAUI instructors and VERY knowledgable of the area. They offer trips, tours of the local area dive sites. A fairly secure dive with maxmum depth of about ...Read More