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10 March 2014

Baja Bound, Part 23. East Cape, Baja Sur


From San José del Cabo along the East Cape to Los Barriles and El Cardonal


November 11th and 12th 2013 we were ready again to travel on a sandy and dusty road. It is about 80 km from San José to Los Barriles along the coastal road ( El Camino Rural Costero ) of the East Cape. It took us all day admiring the grand vistas over the sandy beaches and the Sea of Cortez and enduring the very bumpy and narrow trail. The Mexican government planned several times to pave it. I hope they never do.


Along the East Cape

This is the least developed part of the Cape. Interesting, this was the area first visited by tourists, the fly-in Hollywood celebrities like John Wayne, Errol Flynn and Bing Crosby flew into Rancho Buena Vista just south of Los Barriles.


La Paryita 

Puerto Los Cabos

 We drove from San José north. La Paryita, the old fishing village is still there, but the mega project Puerto Los Cabos is sprawling over this area, and  encroaches on San José's nature sanctuary. Here they built a US $ 50 million marina, some golf courses, and luxury accommodations. Sad, but the marina is hardly used, and some of the condo developments have stalled. The views from these places is wonderful.


Camino Rural Costero - The East Cape Road

As soon we were passed the developments, the pavement ended, and the road was mostly very poor, washed out, with soft sand and very narrow stretches. We enjoyed glorious sunshine and Anders loved to drive on this remote road.


For Sale

We took it easy, stopped at view points and wonderful beaches. We passed many luxury homes, a lot of them for sale or abandoned, due to the North American economy and some land disputes with the locals along the East Cape.



Crossroads Hotel and Restaurant

We stopped at the Crossroads for a light lunch. What a beautiful spot for a restaurant and hotel.


Los Frailes, Cabo Pulmo National Park

Cabo Pulmo National Park with its gorgeous undisturbed beaches from Los Frailes to Playa Miamar are unique. Snorkeling and scuba diving must be amazing around the corral reef. 




All along this Cape drive there is open range, so cattle walk freely on the road. Horses and donkeys  preferred the beaches.






We drove all the way to Los Barriles and stayed there at Martin Verdugos Beach Resort. Great place to stay if you are a fisherman. They have a RV Park and a motel. The views from our room was wonderful. We went for a long walk in the morning along the beach.


Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort

Next day we continues north along the beaches to El Cardonal. More great beaches and Gringo waterfront developments. Punta Pescadoro Paradise has its own airstrip.




El Cardonal is a sleepy little village. We took the paved road back through the mountains to Los Barriles. We picked up some coffees and goodies and decided to drive back to San José over El Triunfo and Totos Santos all on paved roads and even some freeways.



Looking back to the East Cape

For more pictures of the East Cape, click on our Web Album


Click on any of the links below to go to other parts of this wonderful trip.

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