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A great Diving operation
My wife and I spent a week during the month of June 2003 at Baja Outpost. Our only regret was that a week was not enough. From the moment of arrival until our departure we felt like we were kids in a summer camp. I have not sleep like this in years. The Palapas are beautifully made with authentic materials from the region. The beds very comfortable, the showers had a sit down shower, and a great romantic ambience. The food was excellent, with variety and delicious!
The service was the best service that I have encountered in all my travels, even better than boutique hotels or 5 star resorts. The MAGIC of Baja Outpost is not the luxury of the place, however, it is the way the staff make you feel. Dale carnegie institute should send their instructors to observe how Leon, "the host" takes care of their guests.
watching this dedicated hotel professional in action redefines the meaning of what service should be... ready with a smile to fulfill every request from anyone. The diving was excellent, we visited a few walls, saw mantas, sea lions, turtles, giant sting rays, thousands of dolphins a few feet away from our boat, pilot whales, and even a fin back whale. In the morning our very attentive captain helped us with preparing all equipment, and in the boat the briefings by Leon were informative, and the best part of all they dress you up like I never experienced before, even putting the fins on your feet!! The city of Loreto is a small village which reminds me of my first time in cozumel in 1978. We are planing to return next year, to sip a few more wonderfull margaritas swinging in the hammock. J. Johnson
This is a vacation destination like no other!
The Baja Outpost is not for those who want a 5 star hotel and it is not for the beer-gusling fisherman. But if you are like my wife and I, you may experience one of the most enchanting vacations of your life. We were delighted by contrasting features that create a tapestry of elegance mixed with funky charm. The intricately hand crafted palapas and breakfasts with finely displayed sliced fruits and pastries on bright Mexican dishes mix with your feet on bare dirt as you eat and the boats and dive equipment just 100 feet away. You are immediately embraced into a family atmosphere with Leon, Noelia and staff treating you warmly and taking care of you with an eye for detail. Just ask for anything and you had it. My wife and I were thrilled by the snorkeling spots to which we were taken. On two of our four days, Leon and Capt Kiki dropped us off at our own secluded beaches. Where else can you get left at your own beautiful beach for a day with a bountifully supplied lunch? Upon returning from the Sea of Cortez each day, I swore the cold beer pulled out of the floating ice in the cooler by the community table was the best I had ever tasted. The walk or bike ride (on Leon's free bikes) through Loreto each afternoon or evening was always enhanced by Leon's guidance to the best restaurants or ice cream spots.
We were absolutely blown away by how good the food was at the recommended restaurants (and inexpensive). The Outpost is also a work in progress as Leon is building out the area with nicely crafted walkways and he plans a pool and other buildings. The place is great right now, but it may become something quite extraordinary. We definitely will return.
We just returned from our first trip to Loreto, Baja California, in July 2003. We stayed at the Baja Outpost and did 3 days of diving (2 tanks/day). The air temperature was very hot, about 105o F and very humid, the water temp on the surface was about 80o F but we encountered many thremoclines that brought the water temp to 74o F at 80 feet. As we were traveling to our 1st dive site, we encountered a school of dolphins that numbered in the hundreds moms and babies in and out in front of the bow, all around us. What excitement. Visibility during all dives was not too good, about 25 feet or so. During our 6 dives, we saw lots of green moray eels, brown spotted eels, porcupine fish, guinea fowls, scorpion fish, baby bulls-eye electric stingrays, beautiful nudibranchs, shrimps, lobsters, sea stars, crown of thorns, brittle stars, schools of yellow tail surgeon fish, and schools of many other un-named fishes swimming about. There were numerous corals, soft and hard. During our third dive day, while going out to the dive site, our boat captain Kiki spotted a huge school of Pacific manta rays including manta babies that only measured about 18 inches. They were literally jumping out of the water all around the boat and in the horizon. What a thrilling encounter! Throughout our stay, Leon Fichman, owner/divemaster was very attentive to our needs, very personable, and courteous. Kiki the boat captain, was extremely helpful, he even puts your fins onto your feet prior to your backward roll off the boat. What a nice touch! A good hearty lunch was included on the dive days, tamed our bellies. The lunch stops was on deserted islands with pristine white sand beaches just perfect for surface time between dives.We stayed in the palapas (a straw hut). The air conditioning couldnt keep up with the heat, but then, July and August are the hottest months. We found that there was not enough lighting in the palapas for reading. The palapas were always kept clean and tidy. The Baja Outpost is in the mist of expansion and renovation so there was a lot of construction going on during the day. One night, Leon and wife Noella cooked a very delicious dinner of lobsters and baby scallops for us, what special treatment! Mountain bikes were available for our use, at no charge. We used them to get to El Nidos restaurant, who served up a tasty and tender steak dinner. We sat by the waters edge every night at dusk, right on the street out side the Outpost entrance. We watched the many pelicans fly and dive for their dinner. Their flights of fancy were our entertainment. The view was spectacular, mountains in the background, the water just a few feet in front of you, waves lapping up on the rocks, skies turning pastel to dark, sharing and savoring the special moments. Oh what memories Overall, Leon and his staff provided excellent service, and was always accommodating to our needs. The scuba package was a good value for the money and we enjoyed our trip to Loreto. The Sea of Cortez is teaming with marine life, large and small, lots to see under the sea...just a short air hop from San Diegoit was a blast!
We stayed with Leon in July, and found the Palapa very romantic(but we had two kids with us). The food at the Outpost and the select restaurants in town very good. It was our first time snorkelling and we should have been more heedful of the other divers warning us about the jellyfish(ouch). With wetsuites provided by the Outpost and a great drop spot, Coronado Island, the kids had a ball on the second day.
Great white sand beach, sunshinning all day and another great lunch provided by the Outpost. We also had two days of sportfishing setup.
Our guide Umberto put us on a great bit of yellowtail, and we had a slow day of fishing with Kiki, but thats fishing no guarantees! We also spent two days just kicking around Loreto and found that town very laid back, but very Hott. Take your time to get used to that heat. If its your first trip to the Baja I suggest you ask alot of questions and heed all warnings, and take the time to research your adventure. The Sea off Cortez is definintely worth your vacation time!! The Outpost is a work in progress, but Leon and staff do a good job, and provide a nice place to stay. We look forward to another trip there in the future. The kids had a great time. Thanks Leon!!!
Magical place, unforgetable vacation
We have just returned from what we consider our very best vacation ever! Baja Outpost is an incredible simple place, however, it provides the best experience to be found. The staff is excellent, attentive, informal, friendly and knowledgeble. The Palapa (accommodations) are exquisite, lying in bed, you get fascinated with the detail of the wolven tached roof made out of bamboo, prawns, dried cactus. The shower has a sit down and lots of hot water, and air condition was great. The food varied and tasty, every day we would be served a new tasty lunch, eating in a beautiful beach. In one week we snorkeled with a pod of maybe 200 pilot whales, the next day we spent over an hour amidst a school of a thousand dolphins or more, and the following day to top it, we snorkel with 2 different schools of mantas maybe between 300-500 mantas. The diving was great too. Visibility around 60-80 feet, water temp around 85 with ocasional thermoclimes at depths of 60 feet and below. The boats are fast they cruise at around 35-40 miles, the divemaster(owner) and the captain love their jobs, and they work together as great team helping all the guests with any assistance needed. We were really impressed by the service and attention given to us. My wife is a few months pregnant, and from boarding the boats in the morning until return to Baja Outpost at the end of the day, the staff would constantly see that she was well looked after, going into the water, and helping her back into the boat. The city of Loreto is a great destination, friendly people, good restaurants, however, the best meal we had was at Baja Outpost, wonderful lobster with a cesar salad.
We will return and this time we will bring our friends. If you need to get away to a laid back vacation, try Baja Outpost.
Following a two month tour of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, I finally found paradise in Loreto - courtesy of the Baja Outpost. Leon treats his guests as friends and during my 11 night stay in July I felt part of a big happy family. If you want to get off the tourist trail and avoid soulless multinational hotel chains then I can thoroughly recommend the Outpost.
Calm boat journeys to dive sites, under the expert guidance of captain Kiki, were simply stunning. Whales, dolphins and mantas could be seen most days - sometimes all at once. Several ruggedly beautiful islands provided numerous dive sites where I experienced the prolific marine life of the Sea of Cortez. Water temperatures were a little chilly beneath the thermocline and some areas had stinging jellyfish so go prepared.
The friendly town of Loreto provided the perfect backdrop to the day's events and had plenty of good restaurants and shops. I had no problem using the Internet and sending Email. Sunrises and sunsets over the Cortez are another reason to take plenty of camera film.
The powerful air-conditioning system in my room provided a pleasant refuge form the searing Mexican heat. Breakfasts were delicious with plenty of fresh fruit and bread. Free chilled mineral water was on tap and ice cool beers always available. Leon and his wife provided numerous culinary treats during my stay - over and above the regular meals that were paid for. This was typical of the superior service received at the Outpost. I plan to revisit!
Simon Ottaway, UK
Home away from home at Baja Outpost
Those of you who are lucky enough to be writing a review about Baja Outpost have experienced Leon & Bogarts wonderfull hospitality at Baja Outpost. We came for one night and stayed for six. As Alexis and I traveled around Baja, the Outpost became one of our most favorite places, with an exceptional host, first rate diving, great scenery, and the most incredible personal service. This place became our home away from home in Baja. We can wait to be back one day. Bill Denny & alexis sullivan
What a place!!!
We would just like to say how much we loved our time spent in the Baja, at the Baja Outpost.We stayed with Leon in July, the weather was excellent as well as the sea. Diving was great (thank to the great divemaster), we also remember the food we enjoyed after our dives and the beautiful scenery around.We would love to return there. And you have to. The Sea off Cortez is definitely worth your vacation time!!A great hug to Kiki for his excellent captainship and his friendly manner. With him on board you wont miss whales and dolphins We thank Leon, his wife and wish him all the best for this year, the next one we will be back so be prepared!Luca & Miki
A journey into peace and relaxation
An escape from civilization...yes, but more than that, a journey into peace and relaxation. Nina and I felt as if we were a part of a family made up of staff and the other visitors. This atmosphere, created in the middle of a relatively undeveloped part of Mexico is no accident, but a result of a well trained service oriented staff of "real people."We had a great time snorkeling, diving, whale-watching, kayaking, and camping on secluded beaches, and sharing and discussing our various days adventures with the other guests. If glass and concrete and impersonal 5-star glitz isn't your thing, I highly recommend the Outpost.Dean
Nature lovers and wanderlust victims
Second time at the Outpost, this time with my children. Leon is growing but is still Leon.... The only place in Baja where a hotel is a friend's house. Next time we go, there will be more palapas, more amenities but we will go back for the spirit of Leon the goodness of Enrique, the kindness and patience of Rosa, the dedication of Marie, the discretion of Noella and...the beauty of Jose Leon. Not to forget Boggard and Bacall! A must in Baja!