PUNTA FINAL, BAJA CALIFORNIA , MEXICO (GPS coordinates 29"44'37'29" latitude N ~ 114'18'18'33" longitude W)
Simply put, there is no place in Baja like Punta Final. It is the epitome of all things Baja. It is remote, it is surrounded by incredible deserts, it has spectacular beaches, private coves, a friendly neighborhood atmosphere and like everywhere in Baja...it even has a little
For the above reasons, and a few more that are not listed, Punta final is a favorite destination in all of Mexico. And if you have stumbled upon this page by accident and discovered this sentence at random, do us all a favor and don't mention this Baja gem to anybody else. Part of what makes Punta Final so special is that very few people know it exists.
This little slice of coastal paradise is located about 8 miles southeast of Gonzaga Bay, another out of the way but increasingly popular Baja beach side destination. But, whereas Gonzaga Bay can be reached somewhat easily by vehicle 100 miles south of San Felipe, Punta Final is even further south and located off of an even more unpredictable dirt road. You have to be a real adventurer to even think about driving to Punta Final.
There are other ways to slip into Punta Final. If you are a pilot you can land your bird on the 2,200 foot dirt landing strip just past the last row of homes. The airfield is usually well maintained and easy enough for most planes to land before reaching that first row of tumble weeds and cactus at the end of the runway. Most of the landings are from over the bay, landing towards the northwest. Several long time residents fly in regularly in a Cessna or Piper , a centerline thrust push-pull bird that is not necessarily known for slipping into super-short airstrips. He calls it an easy landing (when the winds are right).
Another way to reach Punta Final is by boat. Most of those who arrive by boat start off at the beaches near Alfonsina's or near Papa Fernandez Camp. The trip has been done in fishing boats, pangas, catamarans, and inflatable's. And more than a few hearty souls have made the trek from Gonzaga Bay to Punta Final in kayaks.
So what does one find when they finally get to Punta Final? For starters there are beaches, lots of beautiful pristine beaches. The beaches run north from Punta Final all the way up to Gonzaga Bay. And they are all the best kind of beaches...empty.
Geographically Punta Final centers around a mini-peninsula that juts out into the bay about 100 feet, with two protected coves on either side of the high point. At low tide the highest part of this land form is easily reached by walking on the beach. At the highest tide this spit of land becomes almost an island and is much more difficult to access.
A few hundred feet east of this little peninsula there are more spectacular bays and coves, each with to-die-for sandy beaches. Further into the most protected cove there are four more super-protected coves that you would never know were there if you didn't explore the larger cove by boat. If you are looking for a private cove to do some serious skinny-dipping it does not get any better than this.
The village of Punta Final consists of several rows of self built homes lined up on dirt streets. Each home has it's own personality and the common them is nothing but fun.
One of the rows of homes fronts the beach. We wonder if these people know how lucky they are! Yes, the homes on the second row back are nice too, but to be oceanfront in a place like Punta Final....it just doesn't get any better.
Drama in town? Well, here is just a little one. One of the local residence decided to build five two story town home-style homes in the beautiful bay just east of the main town. Not everybody in the area is happy with the idea of having Paradise being developed and discovered by the outside world. And can you blame them?
Fun things to do in Punta Final include fishing, having margaritas with your neighbors, kayaking, having a cervesa with your neighbors, watching a plane land, having a glass of wine with your neighbors, and snorkeling in the clear waters of the local bays. And then there is always having a shot of tequila with the local neighbors.