- "How far of a drive is it to Bahia de Los Angeles?".
It is approximately 400 miles from the L.A. area to Bahia via the border crossing at San Ysidro/Tijuana. This
translates into roughly a 10 hour drive. See more on driving down...
- "Do I need a Passport to visit Bahia de los Angeles?".
A U.S. Passport or Passport Card is listed as a requirement when returning to the U.S. from your trip to Mexico: U.S. Customs website, U.S. Customs travel requirements...
- "What are the general road conditions?"
MX Hwy. 1 is not for high-speed driving and definitely NOT for driving after dark. There are sections of narrow road with little or no
shoulder, at times combined with very steep dropoffs. This is a challenge to negotiate during
daylight hours; at night, it is, in my opinon (and through personal experience) too dangerous
and not worth the risk. Opposing traffic often cheats over into the oncoming lane (large semis
especially) and at night, this is even more of a hazard.
Keep in mind there are stretches that are extremely remote. If you
would happen to get into an accident, and say you are lucky enough to only suffer minor injuries. It still could be
hours before help arrives, especially if you run off the road and no one sees you out there (another reason to avoid night driving).
Add livestock crossing the highway to the list of hazards (they are not visible at night!). Driving through the border towns at
night or in the very early morning hours is also NOT recommended!
The trip down can be just a long, and beautiful drive into a wild & rugged wilderness, or it can
be a nightmare. It all depends on how you prepare for it. Make sure your vehicle is in
sound condition, especially all critical components (belts, hoses, etc.).
See more on driving down...
- "Are gasoline and diesel available in Bahia?"
Yes. There are two Pemex service stations in Bahia, and both have gasoline & diesel.
There are occasions where there may be an interruption in availability. In these instances, a
fuel truck is dispatched and usally arrives the following morning. The stations must order
and pay for a full truckload, so they need to run their tanks down in order to accommodate
Although it is becoming a more rare occurance, fuel is not available at the stations when
there is a power outage in town. So far, these outages have lasted no more than a few
hours, and most often less.
- "Is there 24 Hour electricity?"
Yes. This has been in effect since late November of 2007. At first, interruptions occurred
sporadically. As time passes improvements to the system are done, these outages have been far, far less in occurance
- "Are there ATM's or banks in Bahia?"
No, there are no ATM's or banks in Bahia de los Angeles, but some establishments may accept debit/credt card payments.
- "Is there Internet Access in Bahia?"
Yes, there are several locations where you can go online. Inquire at "Deposito Lizeth", "Mercado Isla",
and "Xitlali Market". Keep in mind that connections over satellite are much slower than DSL or cable.
- "Is a tourist permit required for travel to Bahia de los Angeles?"
Discover Baja California link for information:www.discoverbajacalifornia.com, Tourist Tips
- "Are whale sharks present at the bay year round?"
No. The whale sharks are present at the bay when water temps are very warm. Usually from late July through mid October.
- "Do I need a fishing license, and can I get one there at the bay?"
A fishing license is required when fishing from a vessel. If you are fishing from shore, you do not need a license. See "Fishing Permits Page" for more..
- "I am towing my own boat down to use at the bay; do I need a boat permit?"
See reference link...
- "Does a fishing license allow me to gather clams, scallops or other shellfish?"
**NO** Mexcian sportsfishing regulations prohibit this:"A fishing license allows to capture only fin fish. It does not allow to capture any other mollusks or crustaceans, and their capture by anyone is strictly prohibited...."