Visiting the town of La Ventana -
While in Baja Sur, Mexico
La Ventana is a small and rustic fishing village about 45 minutes from La Paz and 2½ hours from Cabo San Lucas. It is small but growing quite quickly from the onslaught of gringos buying up the waterfront. It has been a long term popular spot for windsurfers. The recent surge of Baja kiteboarding has added immensely to the growth.
Getting to La Ventana
This small town is becoming more easily accessible. A number of airlines have direct flights from Los Angeles to La Paz and Cabo. Fly into La Paz and rent a car or take a taxi to La Ventana – it’s a 45 minute drive. Some resorts will pick you up from the La Paz airport for a reasonable fee. The other option is to fly into San Jose del Cabo and rent a car and drive up the coast. It takes a couple of hours. Car rentals are generally cheaper in Cabo than La Paz.
Either way, get your pesos and buy your groceries before you arrive as there are only small shops in the local village and you’ll save money cooking in a kitchen wherever you stay.
Accommodations, camping and rentals
A variety of options for accommodations are available, from camping to house rentals or staying at one of the kiting resorts. It is usually possible to come here and then find a place to stay but booking in advance it probably best. I stayed at Baja Joe's which is a low to medium budget spot at the best launch spot on the beach. It's a friendly place - a social hub.
Local places to eat
Fish tacos or tacos de pescado is the staple around here. A nice alternative is tacos do cameron (prawns). Here there are a few restaurants (Pablo's and Rinchon) and a number of taco stands. My favourite taco stand that people call Tower taco (for the fact that it is located right in front of the cell towers) for a tasty meal. Don't expect to get your meal quickly if ordering after or with a large group. These are generally run by small families with only several people in the kitchen. The guys were never far away from one of there favourite night time taco stands for hambergueasas.
Night time activities
La Ventana is a quiet town of less than 100 people. Night time activities usually include cooking up some local fresh fish with friends. Being a fishing village and a Baja kiteboarding destination people tend to get up early. You can always bring a crowd to sample the margaritas at the bar in the back of Pablo's or host a bonfire on the beach. The nights can get very cool and there can also be mosquitoes so bring warm clothes. Just for something different from the usual fish and tortillias, we had a big pasta feast at Joe's one night.
If you have a car and a few friends and are up for an adventure head to La Paz or Cabo. La Paz will offer a cultural adventure with a more local feel and some Mexican bars. For a fun touristy experience in a bustling area try heading to Cabo San Lucas which has outdoor bars and nightclub experience.
When the wind is not on
La Ventana can seem like a very quiet place when the wind dies. There are a few other activies to keep you busy. The fishing is spectacular. Find out how to go with the locals when they go out for their daily catch of Dorado, Wahoo, Tuna and Sierra. Diving, snorkeling, and kayaking will also keep you busy if not running around chasing the wind.
Return from La Ventana to Baja Kiteboarding