On our way south we stopped at a small beach on the way. Playa El Requeson is located about 43 kilometers south of the city of Mulegé. The beach has incredibly calm shallow waters and even though there are no real facilities the spot is popular with RVers looking to get away from the larger more crowded RV parks in the area. The beach has small cabanas, garbage cans, and pit toilets and not much else in the way of infrastructure.
As if the bay wasn’t beautiful enough by day at we were treated to bio-luminescent algae which dimly lit up the water when you splashed and sparkled all around you as you walked through it leaving making you feel like Tinkerbell.
While at El Requeson we met and spent some time with two amazing couples who were on an extended vacation from the freezing Canadian climate. They made us clam chowder with clams they had pulled from the beach that day and Oscar pulled together the ingredients to return the favor with a baked flan. We set up the movie projector and watch the critically acclaimed movie Spaceballs under the stars on the side of the bus next to a roaring fire.
Every day on the beach in El Requeson, local vendors would pull into the camping lot to sell fresh fish, clams, shrimp, and fruit from their cars. The prices were very reasonable and nearly all the middle-men were cut out between the fishermen and the consumers. With such services, it was hard to pack up after a few days and continue our journey.
We continued down Trans-Peninsular Highway 1, which cut back from the east side of the peninsula to the mountains again. We stayed one night in Ciudad Insurgentes, where we were pulled over in the bus and asked to pay the ticket “on the spot”. At least the officers showed us to the RV Park outside of town afterwards.
We learned from other friends later that Ciudad Insurgentes is a very common place to be pulled over, so be careful! When the roads split with a median express road in the middle, large vehicles like a bus or RV cannot drive in the center road and must stay on the outside. There are also plenty of stop signs that locals will roll right through. You will be very unpopular with drivers behind you, but be sure to stop at every stop sign!
We woke up early to continue our drive down the peninsula, and made a full day of getting all the way south. We drove through the outskirts of La Paz, and connected to Highway 286 along the east coast of Baja California Sur. From here, about 40 KM south there is a road to the coastal town of La Ventana, where we were going to meet up with some friends.
We arrived into town just in time for the setting sun’s final light, and were flagged down by our friends in the “Main Camp.” The entire town of La Ventana is one stretch of road along the beach with a few side roads heading away from the water, and hotels and camping on the beach. We parked our bus on the beach and settled in for a great time in La Ventana!