Monday, July 2, 2007

Paddlesurfing Baja: Flatwater paddling the Sea of Cortez

We put Abreojos behind us and headed south hoping to make Loreto and get in some flat water paddling before it got too dark to drive comfortably.

Bahia Concepcion is the part of Baja that all the postcards are about; beautiful little coves, white sandy beaches and ridiculously blue water. The bays are protected from most wind directions so the warm waters there are usually glassy and perfect for paddling.

We rolled through Mulege and stopped at the first beach we came onto, Playa Santispac. There are many other great beaches down the road but we were dying to get into the warm blue water there and cruise around. Even though I prefer paddling into waves, the coves of Bahia Concepcion with their small offshore islands were too inviting to pass up. We ended up spending a couple of hours just cruising around the beach- I made a circumnavigation of the whole cove and even crossed a channel to a nearby island. The water there is very clear and I could see down to the rock reef below, fish were everywhere- I think it would have been fun to snorkel that spot. I'll have to put that on my "To Do" list.

I think a group of SUP surfers could easily kill 3 - 5 days just hanging in the Bahia Concepcion and exploring the coves, islands and beaches there. Definitely worth considering if you're ever running down to the tip.

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