Balandra Beach

Balandra Beach, La Paz: Address, Phone Number, Balandra Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Balandra Beach
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Sandy P
Ferndale, CA184 contributions
Magical
Sep 2021 • Couples
Just incredible ❤️ One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to. Situated on the Sea of Cortez, north of La Paz this beach is definitely bucket list worthy. The water clarity is intense, the water temperature is perfect and the views are stunning. Limited services here…porta potties in the parking lot, a truck with a few fruit cups and other snack items. The worst part for us was the shakedown from the local police on the way back for a “traffic violation “. We would definitely return again but this time a little more savvy to the local police scams.
Written September 22, 2021
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Miik B
Daytona Beach, FL3 contributions
Police guarded/impossible to access
Apr 2021 • Couples
My girlfriend and I booked an Airbnb for an entire week and tried getting onto Balandra everyday at 5:00am. The police guard it and only let their friends in or those willing to pay a premium. There is much better/warmer/accessible beaches around La Paz.
Written August 15, 2021
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Liz
5 contributions
Beautiful beach
Jul 2021
We used Baja Falcon tours, which we accessed right on the malecon, on the corner of El Arco hotel. They offered us a great price and it ended up being basically a private tour for my husband , me and my 2 young daughters. They were offering to take us to Espiritu Santo but we just wanted to see Balandra since it was closed from the road. They gave us our own unique tour to calandra, which was beautiful. They were also very careful and were conscious of the environment. The captain and the guide Felipe were very knowledgeable and let us use our time as we liked. They stopped at the famous Hongo rock formation for pictures and provided us with lunch at the beach. They taught my husband how to catch clams right off the bottom of the ocean and we even got to eat them at the beach. The whole experience was amazing, got to see some frogs, snorkel and enjoy the beauty of they beach and even met some sweet straight dogs at the beach. The beaches in Balandra are gorgeous and clean and clear. They keep it almost untouched and there are many fishes and sea life to enjoy if you like to snorkel.
Written August 2, 2021
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Kareem
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
Beach closed but the hike isn’t
Jul 2021 • Friends
I wish I had known the beach is closed due to COVID-19 and that there’s no way around it—trust me, I woke up at 445 am to drive there but was met with a health official before dawn who said I couldn’t be there. Instead to get a glimpse, due the hike instead that is about 1/4 mile before the beach parking lot. There’s a fence that says it’s closed but other folks are were walking right around it like I did. The views are stunning.
Written July 19, 2021
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boosdyke
San Clemente, CA57 contributions
One of nicest beaches in all of Mexico
Jun 2021
So beautiful, make sure you visit and get in the water. The sand is fantastic as well and shallow water for as far as you can see.
Written June 26, 2021
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Maria G
Houston, TX47 contributions
Very nice
Jun 2021 • Couples
Clear water and its not crowded at all, the only thing its that I heard that there’s a quantity limit per day so we got there at 7:30am just in case, but it’s worth the drive.
Written June 18, 2021
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Robert K
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico2 contributions
Beware of the police on the highway
Jun 2021
The beach might be beautiful, but beware of the police on the road to those beaches. They are thugs. They ambush you, invent an infraction and then they tell you, you can pick up your license next week, unless you pay now. That is of course the only option and it is expensive. We paid $200 and were not given any paperwork or any proof that we paid. On the plus side: they were friendly. Recommendation: when you see a police care make sure you follow the rules and pray.
Written June 13, 2021
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Ekaterina F
4 contributions
Sand fleas
May 2021 • Solo
BRING BUG SPRAY!!! Got there at 6 am because of 120 people limit and got attacked by sand fleas. They are everywhere. I am chewed up, looks really bad. You cant hide. And you cant leave if you didnt drive. There is almost no cell phone signal, so arrange the pick up.
Its a pretty place, but there is really not much going on. Water is up to your ankles for the most part, you cant swim there.
I asked my uber driver to pick me up at 12. And there was more than enough time to take million pictures. It does look much better in the picture.
Written June 4, 2021
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Matt S
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico18 contributions
Perfection
May 2021 • Family
We took a boat in (700 pesos per person) for a two hour tour. This is the way to go if you ask me. They only allow 200 people in per day, so people line up at 5:30am to get in. Screw that. Our boat left from a nearby beach, then we went to one of the seven beaches in Balandra Bay. We had a 700 foot-long stretch if fine white sand and clear shallow water completely to ourselves (8 people total) for an hour and a half. No, you don't get to spend all day there, but since it got insanely hot in the afternoons, that was fine with us.
Written May 31, 2021
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Armand Mooney
2 contributions
Highly negative
May 2021
Following an afternoon at a nearby beach (Balandra was limited to 220 people because of Covid guidelines) we were robbed by La Paz police on our way home just outside the city. They pulled my wife and I over in our rental car on a remote stretch of the highway, falsely claimed we were speeding, 140 km an hour. The primary cop/thief had removed his bullet proof vest, to which his badge and name plate was attached and left it in the car with his partner before approaching our vehicle, while demanding I "unseat" from the car and provide my driver's license. He then told me I needed to pay him MX 12,000 (about $600) cash or go to the station and kept repeating, in Spanish, something about "maniona". I told him we had to be on a plane maniona to go home and that we were running low on cash. I countered at $100; then he a $300; I at $200; he insisted $250. Only then, after yelling at my wife who started taking photos on her Iphone while sitting in the car and threatening to take us both to the station, did he return my license and release us. Attached is this armed thug's photograph.
Written May 26, 2021
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