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Solo trip to Los Barrilles or La Ventana

 
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Windian

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PostSun Nov 05, 17 8:21 am    Solo trip to Los Barrilles or La Ventana Reply with quote

I am in the works of putting together a trip in late Jan or early Feb to the East Cape for mostly working on my kite foiling skills in some warm weather and water. My wife has indicated she isn't really interested in going this time and I should just do a solo trip on my own. Haven't been down in that area since 2002 so I am sure a lot has changed other than it is still good wind that time of year.

I started looking into flights and from what I could find on the internet through multiple searches is that no domestic flights are flying directly to La Paz anymore, San Jose del Cabo is my only option especially since Alaska Air has non stop flights out of PDX some days of the week?
Maybe I am wrong and someone can clue me in on that one. Thus, I am leaning more towards going to Los Barrilles since I don't want to rent a car and just want to taxi to a hotel/resort from San Jose del Cabo and hang there for the duration. Los Barrilles is an easy 1 hour taxi ride and I can handle that easily vs a half day ride from San Jose del Cabo to La Ventana.

So my main inquiry is what are some cool beach front hotels/resorts that I can rent a room in Los Barrilles and be able to kite directly out the back from the grounds there at the place. I don't need ocean view, but I would like to be able to easily check conditions, go back to my room, suit up and walk out to the beach, pump up and go ride. Would be cool to hang out with other kiters and help out with launching and landing. Being able to easily walk to town and restaurants and markets would be a secondary consideration, but would be willing to get a taxi for that if necessary. Definitely don't want to get a rental car such that I always have to drive to kite somewhere. Also not going there for lessons and I will be bringing all my own gear so don't need the hotel/gear/instructions package that cost a million dollars, just want a nice, clean, safe room to rent. I would also consider renting a room in a house if there are owners or tenants that are willing to do that sort of thing for a solo kiter. Would be cool to have access to a kitchen for the trip.

Willing to think about La Ventana for a trip, but have never spent time in LB and many kiters have told me good things about it, so it would be my preferred location for this trip.

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wylieflyote

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PostSun Nov 05, 17 9:32 am     Reply with quote

I've been seeing people on Facebook Talk Baja flying to San Diego, then taxi to light rail, light rail to the new border walk sky brigde to the TJ airport, then flying the inexpensive Volaris Airlines to La Paz. Quick search showing $142 TJ-La Paz
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Anthony

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PostSun Nov 05, 17 10:35 am     Reply with quote

I would suggest early Feb, that way you miss all of the competitions. LB is one kite size bigger than LV. Those La Paz flights from the USA are thing of the past. I use to love the flight from LAX to LAP. So relaxing and lots of interesting people on the flight. I learned so much about old Baja from them. You will be taking Alaska to SJD. Think about getting the Alaska Credit card, when you book. There is a $75 fee. First bag free is good with the card! I suggest an earlier flight than the direct PDX flights, transferring plane in Orange County or San Diego has worked well for me. Avoid LAX!!! Coming back take the direct flight to PDX.

There several shuttle services that run between, SJD, Los Barrilles and Lv. One hour to LB or 2 hours to LV.

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Nak

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PostSun Nov 05, 17 2:43 pm     Reply with quote

https://vanwormerresorts.com/hotel/2/playa-del-sol

This is a great beach front Hotel in LB. There will be a number of us there the second half of January... Great place to go Solo even if you don't know anybody there. The Vela folks are based there and it's fun to hang out on that side of the pool with a beer waiting for the wind line to get there. Walking distance to a few restaurants. I'm planning to skip the rental car this year and rent a quad. Lots of bars and restaurants accessible by quad. Head up the beach in a quad for drinks at a beachfront bar, back to the hotel via beach... Smile (BTW, the hotel has it's own beachfront bar too.)

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PostSun Nov 05, 17 2:45 pm     Reply with quote

Anthony wrote:
I would suggest early Feb, that way you miss all of the competitions.
I found the competitions fun to be around, bit it's a moot point. Lord Of The Wind Cancelled.
Anthony wrote:
LB is one kite size bigger than LV.

That's not always true. The last two trips to LB we were kiting while friends in LV were sitting on the beach...

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