Baja Winter Escape 37 Day RV Caravan
Vamanos! Escape the winter doldrums and run for the border straight into warm sun and fiesta fun on Fantasy’s 37-day Baja Winter Escape! Enjoy the ultimate adventure — whale watching, beautiful beaches, stunning coastal and desert landscapes and endless romantic sunsets.
Fantasy makes a serious commitment to provide outstanding customer service before, during and after each tour. With that in mind, we rendezvous in Potrero, California, on the first day of the tour to focus on border-crossing preparation. Fantasy’s experienced staff organizes all of our border materials, checking on your mandatory Mexican vehicle insurance and tourist visas. We celebrate the completion of all this paperwork with a trip orientation and the first of many fiestas on this tour!
Venga mi Amigos! The next days are in Ensenada at a five-star resort, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous since the 1950s. As always, Fantasy helps us ‘maximize our RV experience’ by suggesting activity options in each location. The highly rated Ensenada Cultural Museum is recommended here. Learn the fascinating story of the Baja Peninsula and the many colorful characters who made it what it is today. A guided bus tour takes us to all the city’s hot spots. First, we visit the signature marine geyser of La Bufadora. This is one of the largest blowholes in North America. Next we visit the Riviera Del Pacifico. Not only is this the official birthplace of the margarita, but it was also Al Capone’s historic hangout during Prohibition. We stroll through the colorful Town market and finish with a stop at the Old Casino Museum.
Heading south on Federal Highway 1 brings us to Catavina, an important fuel stop. Oh, what an evening with a desert campground cookout under the sparkling Baja skies! This day finds us in the unassuming and quiet town of Guerrero Negro for the night before heading to Bahia Concepcion, the beautiful bay on the Gulf of California.
Base camp in Bahia Conception is two days at the San Buenaventura Hotel. We camp right on the beach here and enjoy a festive dinner at the beach restaurant, along with some quiet time.
A scant 100 miles away, we come to Puerto Escondido, a popular port town and resort in the state of Oaxaca on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Close proximity to the Sea of Cortez and the stunning Loreto Bay Nature Park affords many interesting activity options. Feel free to visit Baja’s first Mission/San Javier; explore the city of Loreto, fish or even golf. All can be enjoyed during our two-day stay.
Three days of ‘playing on la playa’ in Tecolote! This clean beach community is just 16 miles away from La Paz and is known for its warm, white-sand beaches and gentle waves. We camp right on the beach and don’t have far to walk to a sunset beach party hosted by Fantasy.
A short drive away brings us to the cozy community of Los Barriles. Too much to do, but we give it our best shot, starting with dinner at a local spot. Suggested activity options include an ATV back-country adventure or zip line. You can also visit hidden waterfalls and snorkel the clear, clean Sea of Cortez.
Gotta live and love the next days in La Paz! We camp at an RV park just a few miles north of town. In addition to being the preferred RV park in the area, Maranatha is also a community campground used by local families, churches and schools for their activities. A guided bus tour takes us to the contemporary ‘Museo de La Ballena’ (whale museum). We also stop at Balandra and Tecolote beaches, both ranked top-10 winners in the annual ‘Best Mexico Beach’ awards. We lunch and explore the downtown area. And tonight we all compare notes over a festive dinner featuring local entertainment.
We head back north on the Pacific Ocean side to Puerto Escondido. From there, straight on to the sands of Santispac Beach for some primo camping. Your favorite beach fantasy is all here for the taking on one of our many options. Swim, fish, kayak and dig for clams in the peaceful waters of Bahia Concepcion. Or visit the charming oasis town of Mulege City, ‘the real Baja.’ This area is rich in petroglyphs and cave paintings that make for an intriguing exploration. Si! Of course we have an amazing Mexican dinner at the celebrated restaurant, Los Equipales!
Returning to Guerrero Negro for three days of whale watching in Scammon’s Lagoon has the adrenaline running. We’re here in prime time to witness the incredible 6,000-mile migration of California gray whales from the rigid Bering waters of Alaska to the relative warmth of the Pacific waters in Baja’s Mexico Peninsula. We camp in the comfort and convenience of Guerrero Negro. On our days here, Fantasy suggests an optional excursion to a bird estuary and historic mission. Afterward, we’re treated to a gray whale migration historical briefing and dinner at the restaurant onsite. We also tour the SaltWorks factory, one of the world’s largest salt producers.
The crowning joy is a whale-watching boat tour! And if we’re lucky enough to have an actual encounter with one of these big baleen, we can cross off another line on that old bucket list!
It’s just 125 miles to Bahia De Los Angeles and camping on the beach. Here optional activities include the cultural and national history museum, an eco-boat tour, fishing and clam digging. Tomorrow is another ‘party on the playa’ – more food, beverages and fun! We celebrate a great stay here with dinner onsite at Villa Vitta’s famous restaurant.
Day 34 finds us in Vicente Guerrero for a muy, muy bueno camping and dining experience. This RV park has been family owned and operated since 1970, and we feel very at home here.
It’s a full circle return to Ensenada at Estero Beach Resort. We’ve now traveled the Baja Peninsula. Doesn’t a Baja Wine Country bus tour with wine tasting, lunch and vineyard tour sound just about perfect? Our farewell dinner is held on the moonlit oceanfront terrace of the Las Terrazas beachfront restaurant overlooking the bay. After a goodbye continental breakfast in the morning, sadly we must say adios to the warmth of this welcoming country, touched and humbled by the overwhelming hospitality we have enjoyed and all of the new friends we have made.