Baja Bahía de los Ángeles

(Bay of LA)

4 Day Adventure Motorcycle Ride

This ride can work fine for street bikes too

This is a fantastic introduction to the Baja California peninsula.  You will explore up and down both sides of the peninsula and discover both oceans and mountains.  The ride is mostly paved roads with some easy dirt road choices through the canyons and mountains.  This is a great short adventure for riders that have limited time or just want to try out Baja.

About the ride

This four day scenic ride makes a large loop around Baja.  The ride length is 881 miles. The ride plans includes gas stops, restaurants and hotels.  This is a good ride for both new and experienced riders.  

Some days are long and some are short to allow you to smell the roses (cactus).

This ride can also be enjoyed in a car or Jeep.

The adventure starts in San Diego or Tijuana and heads south through Ensenada to El Rosario with options to ride on the beach.  You spend your first night in El Rosario. Here you will have dinner at "Mamá Espinoza Restaurante," famous on the Baja 1000 race circuit.

 Day 2 takes you through the center of the peninsula past some of the best cactus forests in the world.

Then its onto the Bay of LA and you will spend the night at a small family style villa. 

Day 3 Is a short scenic day that takes you past Cocos Corner.

Then it is up to Gonzaga Bay where you can relax and sample some of the best fish tacos in all of Baja.  You will spend the evening at Alfonsinas. Yes, right on the Beach.

Day 4 Is north along the Gulf of California coast line through the old time fishing village of San Felipe.  Then it is over the La Rumorosa Grade and into Tecate. But first there is a lunch stop at La Cabaña Del Abuelo.  Then back into the USA.

Self Guided Trail

This ride is designed to be a self guided adventure. Riders install a custom GPS microSD Card into their Garmin GPS unit. The routes are then displayed as the rider travels along.  Navigation is made easy.  Riders can choose to follow along at times or can choose among hard and easy options.  Or riders can simply choose to ride off the routes and return to them later.  For many, this allows them to just experience the trail without the burden of getting lost.

Do this ride yourself:  Purchase Rider Packet and GPS microSD Card for this ride

Note: A Full Rider Packet consists of printed ride descriptions and paper ride maps and a custom GPS microSD card for your Garmin or BMW GPS unit.

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Notes:  I suggest you plan and order early.  Normally I ship within a week.  But sometimes I run out and it can take me several weeks to get new cards and maps.  And sometimes I am out riding and building new adventures so that can be hard too. I list the Option for 2 SD cards because many riders like to carry a backup card or a cheap backup GPS in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Ride Details

 I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy! 

Maps: Baja AB4 Bahía de los Ángeles

View the ride maps

OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride.  At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool.  If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail.  I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!


The Blue lines are MAIN routes

The Red lines are Harder routes

The Green lines are Easy options

The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints

Note: If you really like to study the rude open the map file below and turn on only one days ride at a time to understand what is going on.


Q: What bikes are good for this ride?

A: Large adventure bikes can work well and street bikes too.  The routes have options suited for both types of bikes.

Q: What gas distance range should my bike have?

A: I would suggest that on some days you carry enough fuel to make 200 miles due to the fact that sometimes the route can have issues and it is good to have a little margin.

Q: What is the total distance of this ride?

A: The ride is 881 miles. The average ride day is 220 miles.


Q: Do I need a Passport?

A: Yes, you will be crossing the US and Mexican borders; both countries require passports.

Q: What are motel room arrangements?

A: TBD. See details in full rider packet.

Q: How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own.  You are responsible for your own riding.  You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit.  People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together.  You are not encouraged to ride alone.  You are responsible for your own riding and yourself. 

 (see my ride Navigation Video)


Q: How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden.  I take the best from all my rides and make new ones. 

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)


Q; What do I do if I don't have a Garmin GPS?

A: Buy one, you need it. We will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for under $200 bucks.

(See gpsKevin's gps recommendations)

Q: Is the riding really on my own?

A: Yes, but we recommend you ride with a friend, or a new friend.

Q: Do I need insurance?

A: Yes, you must carry proof of medical insurance and liability insurance for yourself/motorcycle.

Q: Would this be a good ride for new riders?

A:  Yes. The riding has easy route choices and is mostly scenic.

Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help?  You should be in the more likely to offer help camp.  This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help.  Additionally there is all the normal stuff: come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.