Sights Activities

MUSEO DE LA NATURALEZA Y DE LA CULTURA

The s elf-supporting Museum of Nature and Culture (admission by donation; ® 9am-noon & 2-4pm) features well-organized displays of shells, sea turtles, whale skeletons and other local marine life as well as exhibits on native cultures (including Cochimí artifacts and rock-art displays), mining and vaquero (cowboy) culture. Also on the grounds are a desert botanical garden and a reconstruction of a mining site. The volunteers here, mostly resident gringos, are a good source of information.

PROGRAMA TORTUGA MARINA

Bahía de Los Ángeles was once the center of the turtle fishery on the gulf and, unfortunately, the now illegal practice has not completely disappeared. In a modest facility just north of town, the Conanp Sea Turtle Program (admission US$20; h 9am-2pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 9am-1pm Sat) conducts research on sea-turtle biology, ecology and conservation. In 1996 the program released a loggerhead turtle named Adelita at Santa Rosalillita, on the Pacific side of the peninsula, and tracked her by radio transmitter across the ocean to Japan. The modest program's tanks offer the opportunity to see endangered sea-turtle species such as the leatherback, the green and the hawksbill.

SEA KAYAKING

Bahía de Los Ángeles has become a prime kayaking destination, and paddling to the islands around the bay can be one of the most challenging adventures in the Sea of Cortez. Northeasterly winds of up to 35 knots can suddenly appear and churn the water into a nasty mess, so expect some excitement. According to locals, inexperienced kayakers drown nearly every year.

Isla Coronado, northeast of town, is the most popular local destination for paddlers. To get there, follow the dirt road north out of town for about 8km (5 miles) to Punta La Gringa; in winter there are usually plenty of campers around to watch your vehicle while you paddle. Many kayakers continue north from Punta La Gringa to Punta Remedios and Isla Ángel de la Guarda.

Those exploring offshore islands should take care to avoid disturbing wildlife; careless visitors have scared many birds, most notably pelicans, from their nests, exposing eggs and chicks to predators and the hot sun.

Daggett's Beach Camping (right) and a couple of other places rent kayaks for about US$40 per day.

FISHING

Sammy & Alfredo Diaz (located behind Casa Diaz, opposite), Dagget's (right) and a few other outfitters arrange eight-hour fishing excursions for US$150 for up to three or four people. Most require that you rent or bring your own gear, but if there are just two of you, the Diaz brothers will usually lend you gear if you go out with them. Fishing licenses are also sold at Guillermo's (right).

The following list indicates when game-fish species are abundant in the vicinity of Bahía de Los Ángeles: Cabrilla April to January Corvina February to June Grouper year-round Halibut April Marlin June to August Roosterfish November to April Sailfish May to September Sierra March Yellowtail year-round

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