Tecolote, the Happy-Making Space o' Splashilicious Delight

Tecolote’s the biggest,baddest, freest, awesomest beach this side of La Paz. It’s huge, stretching a brisk forty minute walk in the sand to get from one side to the other. And I walk fast.

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The first time we went to Tecolote was in January 2011.

2 year old Micah begins his career as a beach enthusiast at Tecolote
2 year old Micah begins his career as a beach enthusiast at Tecolote

We had flown in to Cabo San Lucas (remember all that?), took the bus to La Paz, then took the bus to Tecolote.

lil' Moxie-kins was all of 6 months old
lil’ Moxie-kins was all of 6 months old

DSCF5797We had nothing in which we could camp, so we had to just make the day trip, arriving at something like 11 and leaving when the bus came back at 5pm.

the bus driver
the bus driver

During that time, Micah was running around like a kid wired with the energizer bunny’s batteries and Moxie was rolling around in the sand, doing her thing.

The second time we went, we camped. That was in January 2012. We loved it. We were careful about the broken glass (of which there is a fair amount) – everyone needs to, especially if there are tender little feet you have a responsibility to keep safe.

our camp in 2012
our camp in 2012
camp princess
camp princess

reading.

I give Tecolote credit for building little Moxie’s leg muscles so that she was walking well before she was two. Digging around in the sand and trying to get up those dunes…oh yeah. That was a workout.

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And I like to think that placing your children in a cradle of beauty is doing something for their soul too. Working those muscles.

IMG_1244 IMG_1247 IMG_1242 IMG_1240 IMG_1268These are all iphone photos, by the way – I apologize for the blurriness and crappy quality – but you get the gist of what I’m trying to say here, right? Tecolote is gorgeous.

It’s a happy-making space, and all of us were once happy there, and happy once more to be back.

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We were happy in more ways that one. We were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over budget. It was wonderful to slip on along the sides of the beach, park our truck Myrtle and know that we wouldn’t be paying for anything for the next few days, because Tecolote is completely and totally FREE. Free! Nobody coming around to “collect”, no fees for anything, just straight up and out, FREE.

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Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!! Right? And can anyone tell me why the spectacular Tecolote is free while duds like some of the beaches around Bahia Concepcion actually cost? 

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Beats me.

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More Info:

  • There are flat spaces for camping around Tecolote so pretty much any type of rig can access it. The bigger bus-types and RV’s stay closer to the road, on flatter and harder surfaces while the all-terrain types and trucks go on the dunes.
  • There are no services. You have to bring your own toilet facilities (we brought our porta-potty). I think you can buy a shower at one of the restaurants – we didn’t – we used our sun-shower thing. There are also no food vendors. At all. Nor are there any small markets or places nearby in which to pick up supplies, so come prepared! There are a few restaurants though and a bar. We went to the restaurant only once, the first time we were there – we thought it was expensive so we never went again. But you know… we have a pretty tight budget – you might think it’s super cheap!
  • The wind can get fierce at Tecolote so it’s wise to camp behind the dunes if you are in a tent or light camper – and use really long stakes.
  • The bus that goes to and from La Paz leaves and arrives infrequently. It’s possible to bike there – it’s about 18 miles from La Paz.
  • Bring a boogie board! DSC_0912

 

Meriah
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