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“An intimate hideaway in the mountains”

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Baja Dark Skies Inn
Oakland, California
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“An intimate hideaway in the mountains”
Reviewed November 13, 2011

Baja Dark Skies Inn is the most romantic place to say in the Sierra San Pedro Mártir in Baja California. The Sierra San Pedro Mártir are the highest mountains on the peninsula, with lovely summers and cold winters. Mexico's national observatory is on the highest peaks of the Sierra because some of the world's best seeing conditions are found there (dark skies and smooth winds).

The Inn is about half-way up the road to the mountains, about 4 hours south of the border by car. At the inn you will find one small bedroom in the house, and a 2-bedroom cabin with kitchenette. There is also extensive camping with a large grill available to guests. Your hosts are a lovely couple, Michael and Pamela, and the food is fantastic. (Breakfast is included, dinner is available).

One of the unique parts of the visit is an offer to view the night sky through one of the two telescopes. We had a strong moon when we were there, so we got great views of that, but the stars were washed out in the glare. We want to go back on a moonless night to really see the skies.

One piece of advice, you get to the inn via a standard "Baja" dirt road. It is passable by a high clearance 2WD vehicle (which we had), but if you are not familiar with driving in Baja, be sure to get 4 wheel drive.

What to do when you are there? You can sit in front of the fire and read. Take a walk up to the old abandoned settlement on the property. Drive up to the park and visit the observatory or walk in the woods. Arrange to take a horse ride on the nearby Meling Ranch. The birding and botanizing are fantastic, and the absolute quiet, solitude, and dark skies at night will refresh your soul.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Pamela W, Owner at Baja Dark Skies Inn, responded to this review, November 24, 2011
So glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again!
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Additional Information about Baja Dark Skies Inn

Property: Baja Dark Skies Inn
Address: km 67 Camino Observatorio | San Pedro Martir, Northern Baja, 22914, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Norte
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Baja California Norte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small astronomy Bed and Breakfast located on the Baja peninsula 6 hours South of San Diego. The panoramic views of the Sierra San Pedro Martir will take your breath away. With 310 clear days a year it is an astronomers and nature lovers paradise. ... more   less 
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Baja Dark Skies Inn Mexico/Baja California Norte

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