Friday, August 29, 2008

All Inclusive Paddle Surf Trip to Southern Baja California

Come paddle with me down in Southern Baja California!

Photo above: The beach at Palapas Ventana, getting ready for our sunrise paddle.

Here's your chance to check out the flat water and surf paddling wonderland of Southern Baja without the hassle and expense of travelling with a bulky stand up board. Why schlep a giant board through LAX when you could be schlurping a margarita instead?

Photo above: Paddle surf day at Isla Cerritos- an hour from Palapas Ventana, fun waves, warm water!

Let us make it easy for you. You bring your paddle and we'll supply the ride. Just tell us what you want to paddle and if it's in our quiver, you're on it! Select from boards by SurfTech and C4 Waterman we will also have demo custom, handshapes by Tim Stamps available on a limited basis. Other boards are available on request- please make a note of the board you'd like to ride when making your deposit and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Photo above: One of the sites you may come across as you paddle our Southern Baja flat water spots.

I will accompany you on your trip and will act as your guide. If you'd like to take stand up paddle lessons while your are with us these can be arranged for an extra fee (which includes the use of a board and paddle for your entire trip).

Photo above: Sunset paddle at Punta Gorda, three miles from Palapas Ventana.

In addition to equipment we'll provide all transportation within Baja (airfare is not included), including transport to and from La Paz's International Airport as well as transportation to and from the day's surf or flatwater paddling destination and one free day of Panga Fishing or snorkeling at offshore Isla Cerralvo. Lodging as well as all drinks and meals (except beer and wine) will be provided by Palapas Ventana in La Ventana B.C.S., rates are based on triple occupancy.

Check out the week's itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival Day

Arrive: Fly in to La Paz International Airport.
Roberto picks up guests and drives you to Palapas Ventana.
Settle into your room.
Chips and salsa, beer and margaritas at Palapas Ventana Restaurant.
Optional: Pre-dinner paddle at Palapas Ventana
Dinner: Coconut Dorado.
Activity: Slide show of the week's paddle adventures.
Beer Pong on the world famous Palapas Ventana ping pong table with ice cold Modelo on tap.

Day 2: Hot Springs Paddle to Punta Gorda

Optional: Sunrise paddle at Palapas Ventana.
Breakfast: Chilequiles with fresh fruit, coffee and juice.
Activity: 3 mile paddle to Punta Gorda hot springs. Panga support brings shade umbrellas, snorkeling gear, cold drinks and beer.
Lunch: Picnic style, tortas de pollo at Punta Gorda.
Activity: 3 mile return paddle to Palapas Ventana (or ride the panga back if you don't want to paddle).
Dinner: Beef flautas at Palapas Ventana

Day 3: East Cape Surf Excursion

Early Breakfast (it's going to be a long day!): Huevos Rancheros, coffee, fruit and juice
Depart: 6:30 am.
Activity: Surf Paddle at 9 Palms, East Cape, Baja California Sur
Picnic Lunch: Machaca burritos
Dinner: Fish Taco Blowout at Palapas Ventana

Day 4: Todos Santos/Playa Cerritos Surf Excursion

Breakfast: Juevos Mexicanos, sizzling bacon and coffee
Depart: 8am to Playa Cerritos
Activity: SUP your brains out and fall asleep under an umbrella on the beach.
Lunch: Picnic style tortas de carne or lunch on your own at Cerritos Beach Bar.
Dinner: Grilled Margarita chicken at Palapas Ventana

Day 5: Paddle Surf Punta Conejo, Punta Marquez or Playa Cerritos weather and swell dependent.

Early breakfast: Pancakes, coffee, fresh fruit and juice
Depart 6:30am: We're going to wherever the surf is firing!
Activity: Stand up paddle surf all day until you're crispy.
Dinner: Grilled fresh wahoo at Palapas Ventana.
Optional: Evening Paddle out in front of Palapas Ventana.

Day 6: Options Day- sign up for a day of fishing or snorkeling.

Optional: Sunrise paddle at Palapas Ventana
Breakfast: Breakfast burritos, coffee, fruit and juice.
Activity: Here's your chance to get in a day of fishing for dorado (mahi mahi), wahoo, tuna and bill fish in the world famous fishing grounds of Isla Cerralvo. Don't like to fish? No problem. Sign up for a day of snorkeling at Cerralvo Island or Las Arenas. Guests have swam with dolphins, swordfish and even killer whales! Local paddling is also available on Options Day. Final Dinner: at Juaquin's featuring Chile Rellenos and bad Karaoke.

Day 7: Departure Day

Optional Sunrise Paddle.
Breakfast: Huevos Rancheros, coffee, fruit and juice.
Activity: Easy beach morning, buy tee-shirts and souvenirs, snap some last photos- pack for home.
Roberto takes everyone to the airport

Additional services are available at Palapas Ventana and can be scheduled based on the interests of the group:

Massage Service with Theresa
Mexican food cooking lessons with Mari.
Surfer's Spanish Lessons with Jimena

The cost for the seven day trip is is $1780 dollars/person. This includes food and lodging (based on 3 persons per casita) ground transportation in Mexico, stand up paddle board use, one day of fishing or a panga snorkeling trip (add $20 per boat tip to the boat's captain) the price also includes tax and a tip for the Palapas Ventana staff. Airfare, beer and wine are not included.

We have booked two sessions in July of 2009.

Session 1: July 12 - 18th

Session 2: July 19th - 25th

Space is limited to nine paddlers per session.

If you are interested in booking a spot on one of these trips please email

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