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Baja Bliss: Our Epic Journey from Cabo to Park City

by | Jun 19, 2024 | Recent Adventures

As May came to a close, we decided it was the perfect time to embark on an epic road trip from Cabo San Lucas to Park City, Utah. Armed with camping gear, our trusty boxers Lillie and Cain, and an appetite for adventure, we set off on a journey filled with stunning landscapes, friendly locals, and a dash of spontaneity. Here’s the lowdown on our unforgettable stops along the way.

Agua Verde: The Ultimate Beach Escape

Our first stop was the secluded paradise of Agua Verde in Baja. Let me tell you, getting there is not for the faint of heart. The road is as rugged as it is scenic, with hairpin turns and steep cliffs that make the drive an adventure in itself. But the payoff? Absolutely worth it. Nestled between dramatic cliffs and the serene Sea of Cortez, Agua Verde feels like a hidden oasis.

Camping on the beach with not another soul in sight, we felt like true explorers. The locals, though few and far between, were incredibly welcoming. We stumbled upon a little taco stand where the friendly owners served up some of the best tacos we’ve ever tasted—fresh, flavorful, and just what we needed after a long day of travel. Lillie and Cain were in heaven, sprinting up and down the deserted beach and splashing in the surf. Agua Verde is the kind of place that makes you feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem, far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Travelers often mention the pristine beauty of Agua Verde, with its turquoise waters perfect for kayaking and snorkeling. The area is also known for its vibrant marine life, including dolphins, rays, and even the occasional whale sighting.

Playa Coyote: Budget Bliss in Baja Concepcion

Next up was Playa Coyote in Baja Concepcion, where we scored a charming little beach cabana for the grand total of $10 a night. Yes, you read that right—ten bucks. If that’s not a steal, I don’t know what is. The locals made our stay even more special by delivering fresh fish, lobster, and tamales straight to our doorstep. It’s like having room service, but better.

The water at Playa Coyote is a mesmerizing crystal-clear green-blue, the kind that makes you pinch yourself to make sure it’s real. Watching the sunrise over the turquoise expanse was nothing short of magical. The tranquil bay is ideal for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding, with gentle waves and warm, inviting waters.

Fellow travelers rave about Playa Coyote’s laid-back vibe and the welcoming community of both locals and fellow campers. The sunsets and sunrises here are particularly noteworthy, casting a golden glow over the serene landscape and providing perfect photo opportunities.

San Felipe: Beach Camping and Bustling Festivities

Our final stop before heading back to reality was San Felipe. We arrived just in time for a holiday weekend, so the town was buzzing with activity. Despite the crowds, the weather was perfect, and the sunrises were, as always, spectacular.

San Felipe, known for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals, offers a mix of traditional Mexican culture and tourist-friendly amenities. The Malecon, a beachfront promenade, is a hub of activity with restaurants, bars, and shops offering everything from fresh seafood to local crafts. Evening activities ranged from exploring local eateries to simply enjoying the peaceful sound of waves crashing against the shore.

Camping on the beach in San Felipe comes with its own unique charm. The town’s vibrant atmosphere during the day gives way to serene, starlit nights. Fellow travelers often highlight the delicious street food, vibrant nightlife, and the stunning views of the Sea of Cortez as top reasons to visit. The mix of traditional Mexican culture with a laid-back beach vibe makes San Felipe a must-visit destination.

Conclusion: The Journey Back to Park City

As we made our way back to Park City, we couldn’t help but feel grateful for the experiences we had and the memories we made. From the remote beauty of Agua Verde to the budget-friendly paradise of Playa Coyote, and the bustling yet serene San Felipe, this trip was a reminder of the incredible diversity and charm that Baja California has to offer.

If you’re looking for an adventure that combines stunning landscapes, friendly locals, and a healthy dose of spontaneity, I highly recommend taking a similar journey. Just remember to pack your sense of adventure and a good dose of patience for those rugged roads.

Until next time, happy travels!

Picture this: You’re cruising down the Transpeninsular Highway, windows down, salty breeze in your hair, and a playlist that’s heavy on the mariachi. Suddenly, you realize you’re living your best life, and all it took was a little courage, a lot of planning, and maybe a slight disregard for your comfort zone. But fear not, intrepid traveler! I’m here to guide you through this wild ride with a mix of snarky advice and cold, hard facts.


Let’s kick things off with timing, shall we?

When to Go:

Best time: November to April (cool, dry, perfect for that beach bod you’ve been working on)

Worst time: June to October (unless you enjoy sweating in places you didn’t know could sweat)

Now, before you start packing your sombrero and maracas, let’s talk paperwork. I know, I know, about as exciting as watching paint dry, but trust me, it’s essential unless you fancy a free stay in a Mexican jail (spoiler alert: it’s not as fun as it sounds).


Required Documents: 


Border Crossing:

Crossing into Baja is like a weird game show where the prize is… more driving! You’ve got options:

• San Ysidro (Tijuana): The Times Square of border crossings. Busy but well-equipped.
• Otay Mesa: The introverted cousin of San Ysidro. Less busy, good for big rigs.
• Mexicali: Two for the price of one! East and West crossings, perfect for the indecisive traveler.


Pro tip:

Cross early in the morning. The border guards are caffeinated and slightly less grumpy.

Now, let’s talk roads. Baja’s got everything from smooth sailing to tracks that would make a mountain goat nervous.

Road Types:

Highway 1 (Transpeninsular Highway): The main vein of Baja. Long, winding, and full of surprises.


Highway 5: The scenic route along the Sea of Cortez. Less traveled, more “oh my god, look at that view!”

Driving Tips:
• Speed Limits: 30-70 kph in towns, 90 kph rural, 100-120 kph highways (but who’s counting?)
• Hazard Lights: Not a mobile disco party, but a warning of road hazards ahead
• Left Turn Signals: On highways, it’s an invitation to pass. How polite!

Military Checkpoints:

You’ll probably run into a few of these. Don’t panic – they’re not after your secret stash of Twinkies. Be polite, practice your best “no hablo español,” and you’ll be on your way faster than you can say “más tacos, por favor.”


Safety Tips:
• Fuel Up: Gas stations are like oases in the desert. Fill up whenever you can.
• Avoid Night Driving: Unless you have night vision goggles or a death wish.
• Police Stops: If asked for a bribe, politely refuse. Or start singing your national anthem – results may vary.


Baja Gas Stations

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Camping and Accommodation:

From fancy resorts to spots where you can play out your castaway fantasies, Baja’s got it all. Here are some highlights:
 San Felipe: Victor’s RV Park (for when you need a shower and Wi-Fi)
 El Rosario: Baja Cactus Motel (because sometimes you need a real bed)
 Guerrero Negro: Malarrimo Motel (whale watching and a place to park your wheels)
 Loreto: Loreto Shores RV Park (for when you’re feeling fancy)

Baja Campgrounds

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Essential Supplies

Water: Bring more than you think you need. Your future, dehydrated self will thank you.
Food: Stock up on non-perishables, but don’t be afraid to try the street food. Your taste buds will thank you (your stomach’s reaction may vary).


Local SIM Card: Because your followers need to know what you had for lunch
Starlink: For when you absolutely must check your emails from the middle of nowhere
Public Wi-Fi: Available in larger towns, but don’t bet your Instagram story on it

What to Bring:

Vehicle Essentials: Spare tires, jack, tools (pretend you’re MacGyver)
Personal Items: Sunscreen, hats, insect repellent (unless you want to be a walking buffet for bugs)
Camping Gear: If roughing it is your style

What to Avoid

Firearms and Drugs: Unless spending quality time in a Mexican prison is on your bucket list

Too Much Fresh Produce: The agricultural checkpoints are not fans of your attempts at healthy eating

Handling Emergencies

Roadside Assistance: Your Mexican insurance should cover this (you did get insurance, right?)
Local Mechanics: Available in major towns. In remote areas, your best bet is interpretive dance and hoping for the best.
Medical Emergencies: Major cities have hospitals. Everywhere else… well, there’s always tequila as anesthetic.

Apps and Tools:

• iOverlander: Your digital nomad’s best friend
• Google Maps: Download offline maps, because cell service can be as elusive as the chupacabra
• Google Translate: For when your high school Spanish fails you
• XE Currency: To figure out if that souvenir is a steal or highway robbery
• Libby: For audiobooks when the radio starts playing nothing but static

And there you have it, folks! Your comprehensive, slightly snarky guide to conquering Baja California. Remember, half the fun is in the journey, and the other half is in the stories you’ll tell later. So gas up, grab your sense of adventure, and hit the road. Baja awaits, and it’s ready to blow your mind, one taco stand at a time.  ¡Vamos!