Los Barriles Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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    Entrance to Los Barriles
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Los Barriles Things to Do

  • Your WEDDING in MEXICO on the BEACH!

    Many people in the United States and Canada like the idea of being married in Mexico and sometimes on the beach, and Los Barriiles is a great place to do so without having to spend a fortune!If interesested here is a recommendation:BAJA WEDDINGS AND EVENTS: We specialize in dream weddings and event planning in beautiful Baja California. Our focus...

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  • SPA de CORTEZ

    This DAY SPA is located at the main hotel in town, PALMAS de CORTEZ, and they offer Facials, Body Scrubs w/massage, Waxings and various aromatherapies in addition to a selection of massages:Swedish, Sports, Aromatherapy and Therapeutic.The Body Scrubs include selection of Ginger, Peppermint Lavender or Cranberry Brown Sugar!All these are priced...

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  • Rent an ATV and go to the WATERFALL

    Actually, this is a 2-in-1 tip, as first you would rent the ATV, but of course you don't have to go all the way up to the Waterfall, you could just use it nearby.Take sunscreen and drinking water and snacks, if desired. You can see that it is pure, pristine area!!There are a couple places in town to rent the ATVs and prices are much better than in...

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Los Barriles Hotels

Los Barriles Restaurants

  • Mariscos and Mexican Food

    DEC 2012 UPDATE: This restaurant is now a Tourist Curio Shop.Being at the far end of town, I think they were not getting sufficient traffic, and have changed to a business where at least there isn't the problem of wasted food!

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  • COLDEST BEER/BEST BURGERS in TOWN!

    UPDATE: March 2012 - Buzzard's has moved out of Los Barriles proper, down the highway to the new area of "Missiones" in Buena Vista, about 1.5 miles south. SEE NEW PHOTOS, and see their website with lots of photos and info***UPDATE Dec2012 from our local Internet News website: " We are finished with the kitchen equipment install and boy does it...

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  • More Upscale for the Area

    The American who originally owned this restaurant died last year, and now the ITALIAN people who ran the Pizza place up on the highway (see Tip) have taken this over. Now their wonderful Pizzas are available here. Therefore,with the Italian ownership now there is more emphasis on pastas and other fine European fare, as well as a salad bar.***UPDATE...

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  • TOP of the Heap in this Little Town

    This is the restaurant attached to our town's anchor hotel, LAS PALMAS.The food is upscale, but then, so are the prices. If you are staying in the resort, you have your own menu, which is cheaper!! But then, they give a discount to us locals, but to us locals, it is still expensive for a little Mexican town--but if you are on holiday.......then,...

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  • GREEK dining in Los Barriles!!

    UPDATING as of OCT 2011: The new owner/chef is European, and the cuisine here now is mainly GREEK! but also authentic Italian pizzas! The owner also has another restaurant in San Jose' del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, so he is knowledgeable about our area as well as good restaurant business.We have tried it three times and heard others report and all...

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  • SEA VIEW while EATING!

    It is brightly painted, but best of all, faces right onto the Sea of Cortez. I have only eaten here for breakfast, but have heard that it is good for all meals. Most breakfast choices are STILL only US$5.00!!, and plenty on the plate. I really like both the Machaca and the Chilaquiles; very tasty and great frijoles refritos.My husband's favorite...

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  • Fresh Breakfast Sandwiches

    Newly opened last year in the new 'Plaza Gaviotas' near the top of town.American breakfast-type sandwiches (w/eggs, etc.) available, as well as deli-type luncheon sandwiches, with selection of potato salad or others, and a great selection of SMOOTHIES and ICED COFFEES!A quick bite, American-style, on the go, near the banks and other new shops.WIFI...

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  • Best Chillies Rellenos!

    UPDATED; UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED, late 2009.Full menu of great Mexican food and some American touches such as various cold cofees. Owned and run by one of the oldest families in the town. Recently upgraded facilities such as WiFi, TV. Nice touches of local arts around, brightly painted. Waiters speak good English for those who need...

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  • FIRST in town

    'TIO's' is the anchor of the town, having been the first restaurant here; owned by a long-time American traveller to the area. It is well situated on the corner across the road from the Palmas de Cortez Resort. Paul caters to the Gringos who are missing some regular American food, be it burgers, pizza Am style, or various seafoods; AND he does it...

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  • Caleb's amazing view

    Located on a side dirt road near the top of a hillside in Los Barriles Caleb's serves a wonderful mix of Mexican and American dishes. The best however is the fresh baked goods. Cookies and breads are baked daily. The nut bread was incredible as were the variety of cookies. The oatmeal raisin were the best I've had in years. Hard to say as...

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  • Get your Own Fish Smoked HERE!

    Just opened this year, most seating is outside, with a street view. Combined in same building with the Smokehouse, where you can buy or get your own fish smoked to take back to the States. They serve seveal variations of burgers with great fries, very inexpensive.

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  • View Out to Sea of Cortez

    The ambience is different from others in town, because it has a high second story with wide views out to the Sea. In addition to wonderful regular Mexican menu, caters to American tastes both in breakfast and lunch dishes. Fresh baked breads and bakery items such as muffins and COOKIES!Not open for dinner; closed Sundays and Mondays. Many...

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Los Barriles Transportation

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    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jun 23, 2009

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    If you need transportation to and from Los Barriles and the airport, there are several taxi services which are available, AND very courteous people. I know most of them personally and can vouch for all being reliable.

    Octavio Aviles. email: turispancho@aol.com.
    website: www.turispancho.com
    tel:624 118 4405 or 624 127 3122.
    Also, tour boats to Bay of Dreams, Whale Watching Lopez Matoes, fishing
    tours to Todos Santos.
    b. Homar: 1410715 - home
    6241297038 - cell homartaxis56@yahoo.com.mx

    c. Ulises: email ulises_taxis@hotmail.com Cell phone: 044-624-165-1263
    House phone: 141- 05 36 From the US: 011-52-624-165-1263

    d. Raul: Ensenada de Palmas, Transportadora Turistica, Cel. 624 129-7206,
    Tel. 01(624) 141-0230 ensenadadepalmas2007@prodigy.net.mx

    e. Eduardo Verdugo "Service of Taxi"
    e-mail: eastcapetaxi@msn.com Cel phone: 044 624 355 49 86 Tel./fax: 624 141 00 42

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Los Barriles Shopping

  • Only 'Department Store' in town

    ***DEC 2012: unfortunately, Tio's Tienda remains closed for past couple yrs, due to the downturn of tourist traffic.Tio's Tienda was added several years after the Restaurant and has a little of everything, including books, paper/stationery items, jewelry, clothing AND very importantly, FISHING items--rods, reels, etc., ice chests. You can also get...

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  • HOME-MADE CHOCOLATES!!!

    Charlie has just opened a new shop in December, where he hand-makes his chocolates, and takes special orders. Most of them are dark chocolate, but also white, and with various nuts, or plain.He was providing chocolates thru another local outlet the past couple years, but due to a falling out with that owner, now has his own store.They are DIVINE!!...

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  • Los Barriles Art

    Just next to Caleb's Cafe in Los Barriles is a small art shop run by Sara De La Vos a local artist. In addition to her own art she has paintings and carving of other artists from all over Mexico. Paintings, carvings, handcrafts; Most are one of a kind. Prices range from very inexpensive (a few pesos) to very expensive for original works.

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Los Barriles Local Customs

  • Dia de la INDEPENDENCIA! VIVA MEXICO!!!

    16th September is Mexican Independence Day and is grandly celebrated throughout the country. Mexicans everywhere pack into town plazas on the night of Sept. 15 to join in the 'grito', and then spend Sept. 16 celebrating independence. The traditional "grito" is a late-night cry for independence that re-creates the 1810 gesture by Mexican hero Miguel...

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  • DIA de los MUERTOS

    Halloween is NOT celebrated, but 2 days to celebrate the lives of departed beloved are celebrated on 1st November (for the departed children), and 2nd of November (for adults). The people buy or make special foods, particularly sweets, to take to the cemetery and spend awhile talking to their ancestors, as well as cleaning up the area and...

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Los Barriles Warnings and Dangers

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    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jul 2, 2009

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    If you are renting a car and driving to/from the airport to Los Barriles or anywhere else on the peninsula, where there are often long stretches of road where you might come up on a slow-moving vehicle and want to pass; they may very well put on their Left Blinker, indicating that they are aware of you and know you would like to pass them, and that the way is clear to do so ----NOT that they are going to turn left.

    BUT, of course, along such empty stretches of road, there can also be hidden dirt roads, and just possibly, he IS signalling a left turn! Sometimes it is difficult to discern, and especially in the case of the latter, he may NOT be aware of you, so when you are starting to pass him, he then turns right into you!

    Mexican drivers are not required to take tests and have experience driving, such as in the US; so, often, in these rural places, the driving behaviour can be quite different than the US and other western countries.

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Los Barriles What to Pack

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    a VERY NICE DORADO!

    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jun 23, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: If you are only going to be in the Baja Sur area, don't overpack! You will only need light-weight clothes, even if it is winter. If it is winter, just a light jacket, or sweater will do. You can even buy a shawl or jacket if needed.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Definitely bring your beach shoes; you may be able to find flip flops here though.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Often I am asked if the snorkeling is good: answer is YES! so if you particularly enjoy this water sport, bring your gear!

    Miscellaneous: Need I mention FISHING GEAR?? as this is a fisherman's heaven, I presume they already know what to bring; buy everything is available here also, or you can hire a boat with everything provided, of course.

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    • Fishing
    • Water Sports
    • Budget Travel

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Los Barriles Off The Beaten Path

  • Go to Punta Pescadero Resort Hotel for a...

    Eight miles north of town, on a cliff overlooking the Sea of Cortes' is the verrrry romantic, PUNTA PESCADERO HOTEL, which is one of the oldest in the area. Back in early 1930s, 40s and 50s, the Hollywood Actors would fly down to sport fish and do their serious partying and rendezvous'. Such as John Wayne, Desi Arnez, Bobby Mitchum, Bing Crosby,...

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  • MARKER OF TROPIC OF CANCER

    On the road between San Jose' del Cabo and Los Barriles, at LATITUDE 23, there is a big, round white ball which marks the 'Tropic of Cancer'.It is unusual to find the ball totally white, as it is often covered in grafitti, hence the fence around it, and it is constantly being repainted. At the same location, there is a shrine to the Virgin of...

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  • CAVE PAINTINGS of Unknown Date

    ABOUT 18 MILES NORTH OF LOS BARRILES, ON THE UNPAVED COAST ROAD, NEAR BOCA del ALAMO, YOU TURN LEFT TOWARD THE MOUNTAINS AND HIKE BACK ABOUT A MILE OR SO, AND THERE ARE THESE CAVE PAINTINGS. IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW OLD THEY ARE. YOU COULD NOT FIND THEM WITHOUT BEING ASSISTED BY A LOCAL TELLING YOU WHERE TO GO.IT IS HOT, DRY, SCRUBBY LAND, AND ONE NEEDS...

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Los Barriles Sports & Outdoors

  • Wind 'N Surf

    Los Barriles host's an annual Wind Surf event that attracts enthusiasts from all over. While the wind can be a bit of an issue at times (IE not blowing), 2014 had some great activity. Kites, surfboards, etc....

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  • WIND & KITE SURFING CAPITAL

    For the past couple yrs (2011 and 2012), the local Windsurfers hold an International Competition in January: LORD OF THE WIND www.lordofthewindbaja.com Kitesurfing lessons: http://www.exotikite.com/blog with photos: www.kiteboardinglosbarriles.com Windsurf or Kitesurfing equipment, but will also be available for rent

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