San Luis Gonzaga Bay: A place to relax and drift away in the calmest sea.
San Luis Gonzaga the perfect place set your mind and ease
San Luis Gonzaga bay located south of San Felipe, just
after passing the “Islas Encantadas” (Enchanted Islands) which can be seen from the highway. There are no town around this area, only a hotel and some RVs and a strip of houses. Most of the residents here are from the States.
This bay was discovered in 1746 by the Jesuit Fernando Consag, a Croatian missionary, and cartographer that went on to explore and build missions throughout the peninsula.
Furthermore between Puertecitos and San Luis Gonzaga are the “Islas Encantadas” which can be reached by renting a boat. The closest to shore is “El huerfanito”, that stands out because of its white color, this is due to guano deposits made thru the years. Behind are the rest of the islands: Salvatierra, Isla del muerto, Poma, El choguda and Lobera.
Arriving at San Luis Gonzaga, on one side of the road you have the local market and the restaurant Rancho Grande, and on the other side are the 2 entrances that lead all the way to the beach. One is used to access the main hotel Alfonsina’s and the second to access the RV camp, houses and “palapas” (palm huts) conditioned with grills.
Not to mention that at this rest stop kayak, jet skis, pedal boats and scooters are available to rent. Local fishermen organize fishing trips or boat rides to the islands Las encantandas or San Luis the nearest one. Also be sure to bring your snorkeling gear. You will see all kind of water life like sea snails, oysters, clams, stingrays and different colorful fish.
Where to stay?
in any event, we recommend staying at Alfonsina’s which has amazing breakfasts burritos, fish tacos, and delicious scallops. Or if you prefer you can camp right on the beach. Camping spots are always available as this strip of beach is huge!
Exiting San Luis Gonzaga, 15 miles before Chapala is a little place which is an obligated visit calle Coco’s Corner founded over 30 years ago, you can buy snacks, refreshments, and beer here. A visitor’s log must have your name on it!
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