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Getting to Scorpion Bay

Updated: Jun 20, 2023


How To Get To Scorpion Bay Mexico

Scorpion Bay, a stunning travel destination located on the picturesque coastline of Baja California. Known for its world-class surfing waves, Scorpion Bay offers much more than just a paradise for surfers. This blog post will guide you on how to get to Scorpion Bay Mexico, highlighting various travel options and routes. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, or a family looking for an unforgettable vacation, Scorpion Bay has something for everyone.


How To Get To Scorpion Bay Mexico


Driving To Scorpion Bay


If you prefer the freedom and flexibility of a road trip, driving to Scorpion Bay is a fantastic option. If you are driving from the US, the shortest route from the border will take at least 12 hours. Whatever your route, all drivers must get to San Ignacio on their path to Scorpion Bay and from there two options exist.

How To Get To Scorpion Bay Mexico

Route 1: From San Diego

Embark on an adventure starting from San Diego. From there, follow these instructions:

Begin your journey by driving south on the highway, heading towards the Mexican border. Once you cross the border, continue driving south on the Baja California Peninsula. Along the way, you'll pass through multiple city's such as Ensenada, Ciudad Insurgentes, La Purisima, and San Isidro. The drive offers breathtaking views of the Baja California landscape, with opportunities to stop and admire the scenery. Consider making fuel and rest stops as needed during the approximately 12-hour drive to San Ignacio. Once you've reached San Ignacio, there are a few options on how to get to Scorpion Bay.


Route 2: From Mexicali

After crossing the Mexicali border crossing, head south on Mexico Federal Highway 5 for about 120 miles. Enjoy the vast desert landscape as you drive towards the picturesque coastal town of San Felipe. Next you will continue south on Mexico Federal Highway 5, which will take you along the beautiful coastline. After approximately 60 miles, you'll reach Puertecitos, a tranquil seaside village famous for its hot springs. After driving approximately 150 miles on highway 5, you'll arrive at Bahía de los Ángeles, known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life.


Consider taking a detour to explore the pristine beaches or indulge in snorkeling or fishing activities. From here, it should be around 170 miles of driving through desert landscapes to reach San Ignacio. This oasis-like town is nestled amidst palm groves and offers a serene atmosphere, making it the perfect place to unwind and connect with nature. We recommend taking a dip in the lagoon after your 12 hour drive, it's quite relaxing.


Option 1 From San Ignacio: Highway 1 - The "Long" Way

If you prefer a reliable and well-marked journey, Highway 1 is the route for you. While it may be slower compared to the North Road, it offers the comfort of paved roads and clear signage that leads you directly to Scorpion Bay. The approximate driving time from San Ignacio is around 8 hours, allowing ample opportunity to soak in the beauty of the region. As you travel along Highway 1, be sure to make time to explore the stunning beaches and hidden coves between Santa Rosalia and Loreto. These picturesque coastal areas offer breathtaking views, pristine sands, and a chance to connect with the natural wonders of Baja California. Take advantage of the slower pace to embrace the serenity and capture memorable moments along the way.


Option 2 From San Igancio: The North Road - The "4x4" Route

A Thrilling Adventure For the adventurous souls seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience, the North Road presents an exhilarating alternative. However, it's essential to note that this route is not recommended for inexperienced drivers or those unprepared for challenging terrains. The North Road is largely unpaved, lacks defined roads, and does not have signage to guide your way. As you embark on the North Road, expect to traverse salt flats and encounter stretches of soft sand. This demanding terrain necessitates a sturdy 4-wheel drive vehicle capable of handling multiple surfaces. Additionally, it's crucial to equip yourself with multiple spare tires, digging tools, and ample supplies of food and water.


In the event of getting stuck, assistance from fellow travelers may not be readily available. Prioritize safety and preparedness if you choose this route. Opting for the North Road can save you approximately 5 hours of driving time, providing a sense of exclusivity and adventure as you explore the untamed landscapes of Baja California. The solitude and raw beauty along this less-traveled path offer a unique perspective on the region's untouched wilderness.

Driving To Scorpion Bay

A section of the North Road


Finally, you'll reach Scorpion Bay, where you can enjoy the famous point break and the warm hospitality of the Scorpion Bay Hotel.


Route 2: Loreto or La Paz to Scorpion Bay

If you are starting your journey from Loreto or La Paz, here's how to get to Scorpion Bay:


All drivers must get to Ciudad Insurgentes via Highway 1- Loreto from the east; La Paz and Los Cabos from the south. Once in Ciudad Insurgentes, follow the signs towards La Purisima to the north for approximately 85km or approximately 1 hour to Las Barrancas. Beware of potholes on this road. After 85km, there is a bend in the road, a water tower off to your left and a sign on your right that reads San Isidro, La Purisima and San Juanico.


Please note that there are numerous stickers covering the San Juanico sign making it difficult to read. ​ Make a left. Beware of potholes on this road. After approximately 10km you will make the first right at the sign that reads San Juanico. The drive from Las Barrancas to San Juanico is approximately 35km and approximately 40 minutes. Once you reach San Juanico, veer left at the fork to be on the main road Dionisia Villarino. Follow the road nine blocks until you reach La Joya and turn right. The Scorpion Bay Hotel is on that block on the right side!


Flying To Scorpion Bay


For those seeking a quicker travel option, flying to Scorpion Bay is an excellent choice. You can fly to the nearest airport (Loreto or La Paz) and then continue by ground transportation. We recommend booking your rental car in advance to save time, or maybe you have some amigos willing to pick you up from the airport and shuttle you to Scorpion Bay.


The closest commercial airport to Scorpion Bay is the Loreto Airport and it is approximately a 3 to 3.5 hour drive. Only 3 operators fly in and out of Loreto- Alaska Airlines is international to and from the US and Calafia Airlines and Volaris Airlines are domestic to and from Mexico. Using the Cross Border Xpress to get into the Tijuana airport is one of the best options. There are typically some very cheap flight options through Volaris and using the CBX crossing method is quite easy. Flight durations vary, but it's typically a short flight from major cities like San Diego or out of Tijuana.


Once you arrive at the airport in Baja, you can pick up you rental car and embark on the final leg of your journey. Visit this blog, to view a more detailed breakdown on the drive from the airport to Scorpion Bay.

Scorpion Bay Hotel

The Scorpion Bay Hotel


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