During our summer road trip around Baja Sur we'd already decided to take a detour to Bahia de Los Angeles in the hope of observing whale sharks. It might seem out of the way, but as you drive over the brow of the hill and see the beautiful bay dotted with little islands stretched out in front of you, you know at once the detour was worth it!
We drove around town and checked out rooms in perfectly acceptable hotels and motels, but traveling alone with four children, two of whom are fussy eaters, I wanted both a kitchen and somewhere on the beach for our final vacation stop in Baja.
It was late in the afternoon when the eldest pointed out a road heading north out of town and so we took that, quickly looking in our guidebook for places to stay in Punta Prieta. We were actually heading towards Los Vientos when we saw the sign for Villa Bahia, and on a whim turned down the long, dusty drive leading to the casitas.
Here I must preface my review with the information that Bahia de Los Angeles is not a resort town. If you are looking for America by the sea in Baja then I suggest you visit Cabo.
The owners of Villa Bahia are warm and welcoming. They showed us Delfin, which on that day was their only casita available to sleep five, and then offered us the use of anything in their own large kitchen to save us buying spices and condiments in town if we were going to be cooking.
Delfin is a ground floor casita. It consists of a main room with four beds (two doubles and two singles), a small bathroom with endless hot water and lots of towels, and a kitchen with a corner breakfast table and benches, food preparation table, sink, stove and full sized fridge. Drinking water is supplied and there are fans throughout the casita. The air conditioning goes on at 6pm and is turned off at 6am, but with the windows open there's a lovely breeze (even in July!) and so to be honest there's no real need for AC.
Outside of our room there was a hammock and then the sand, so in less than half a minute you are on the beach and in the Sea of Cortez. The beach is wide, long and exceptionally clean. Villa Bahia offers kayaks (and life jackets) for free, but do beware the strong afternoon wind as no one really wants to be rescued! On the beach there are a couple of wooden shaded sitting areas for reading under and I loved relaxing there, rocking on my chair whilst watching the children swim!
On the property there are a couple of really well set-up barbecue bar areas and so if you are a fisherman rest assured you'll be able to grill your catch!
Villa Bahia is very low key and offers great value. Sure the bedding doesn't match, there isn't really enough crockery or cutlery in the kitchen (however I know you only have to ask for more if you need it), the fridge could do with a 'proper' clean (as my mother would say!) and you have to work out which is worse, the buzzing flies or the dangling fly paper! But if you are the type of traveler who can overlook these minute moans and see instead the beautiful location and helpful, friendly owners and staff, then you will surely have a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable time staying at Bahia Villa.
The owners and staff are incredibly well connected and so do ask for their advice on everything from eating out to boat trips. We enjoyed the best food of our three week trip in Bahia de Los Angeles, met great locals, great gringos and did get to swim with sealions AND whale sharks, plus on our last morning a large pod of dolphins put on a fine display of leaps and somersaults - it was the perfect end to a memorable visit and we'll definitely be returning to Villa Bahia soon.
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