April 1999 gave us to a family vacation to a little coastal fishing village named Los Barriles in the state of Baja Sur, Mexico. Thirteen in our group which included 4 kids ranging in age from a few months to age 11. We made the five hour flight from the SF Bay Area to what would turn out to be absolute nirvana. For those of you who fish with a passion this little village may be very familiar to you. It is a sports fisherman's delight, so much so that I posted at the bottom of this article your guide to their fishing seasons which includes yellowfin tuna, marlin and sailfish.
We landed in San Jose Del Cabo airport and had our hired driver pick us up in a van for the 40 minute trek along the dusty highway complete with a stubborn bull in the middle of the road. I thought I was in a "B" movie.
As I was about to discover this one week respite would be truly the most mindless of rest and relaxation getaways I have ever known.
|El Arco, the Arch|
If you are looking for a little more civilization, you are a 45 minute drive to Cabo San Lucas which is a bit touristy, and 90 minutes to the state capital La Paz. This is a beautiful city with architecture in the classic Spanish colonial style. Plenty of restaurants, galleries and shopping to keep you busy. We enjoyed a great lunch along the marina while seranaded by a mariachi group of talented young boys and girls. The hotel can arrange your transportation. At the end of every day we would take to the sand at sunset and begin to build our evening bonfire watching the moon rise over the Sea of Cortez and watch her shimmering light dance on the gentle waves. My You Tube video follows with some great pictures we took to remember and share fond memories of the little village by the sea:
VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tygrbrWddLc&list=FL4Z131CV8Z0n84G1cMiUEgw&feature=mh_lolz
|Los Barriles fishing season chart|