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Mulege: Like a Sahara Oasis.

Updated on October 21, 2011

Mulege and Conception Bay

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You might never come back!


Thinking of where to go this winter? There is a special place in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula that is more like an oasis in the Sahara than a village on the Sea of Cortez.

South Baja has many delights, but the essential thing it lacks the most is fresh water, either by rainfall or in rivers and streams. So much so that there are only two permanent places where small rivers can be found, San Ignacio and the subject of today’s article, Mulege.

In truth, Mulege’s river is little more than a large creek, mostly tidal and joined by run-off from the mountains some way in land.

But it’s the date palms which give Mulege the true oasis feel and a yearly harvest which helps sustain some of the locals.

Mulege also boasts, if that’s the correct word, a defunct territorial prison, perhaps the first such without bars as the 30 or so prisoners were allowed out to work and only locked up at night. It is now a museum; a new prison further north now keeps residents in 24/7...Shame.

The name Mulege is a Cochimi Indian name, meaning “Large Ravine of the White Mouth.” and cave paintings are available if you want to do a bit of swimming at the inland end of the creek.

Mulege is also the gateway to the 33-mile-long Conception Bay with its beaches and idyllic waters.

Many Gringos call the place home, mostly in the cooler months as Mulege can get very warm indeed which is fine if you’re off to the beach.

I have been and stayed there several times and find Mulege one of the most laid-back places in Mexico. Time has little meaning here, there’s not much to do, which is the beauty of the oasis in this over-stressed world…plenty of info online re: hotels, etc., etc.

If religion is your thing, Mulege has a 300-year-old, plus, mission, established by Padre Juan de Urgarte, Santa Rosalia de Mulege.

Owning a small boat would increase the pleasure and activity potential of Mulege and Bahia Conception by a huge factor. Fishing is good, so are water sports such as kayaking in these placid waters.

Many snow birds come here from the wintry parts of the US and Canada, some stay as long as 6 moths (the maximum, a 180 day visa).

Many head down to La Paz, South Baja’s capital and a great destination itself where I lived for 5 years and miss daily. Shops are good there, so are all the other facilities of a growing town of 300,000 or so.

Santa Rosalia, an interesting old copper mining center, is just to the north of Mulege and Loreto, another popular tourist destination, between Mulege and La Paz.

Then there is the frenzy of the Cape if you really want to partake of the drinking rock ’n’ roll life. Not me!


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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for introducing me to this beautiful piece on earth.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      On the other hand, Will, most of the police treat tourists with courtesy and kindness outside the border and big cities. It is getting worse, but so is every tourist destination. I feel safer in most parts of Mexico than I do in central London with its hooligans and drunks...Bob

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Mexican tourism is way down due to the ongoing drug wars and police corruption. Americans in Mexico have no rights at all, should they get into trouble, and even a minor traffic accident is major trouble for an American in Mexico.

      It isn't worth it.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Hi Robie...Lots on line, you can rent trailers and houses there as well as fairly rustic hotels. La Paz is more modern of course, but still laid back...Bob

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Hi Genna: You got that right! When a hurricane hits these areas the arroyos run like the A,azon, doesnt come very often of course...Bob

      Maybe we should have a hubbers reunion down there...Bob

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Hi Sunnie.

      If you don't like Mulege, I'll pay for your trip! And La Paz, great Bob

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      I think if you take reasonable care, Baja is pretty safe once you get away from the border. I lived there for years 'till 2003 and have been back three times since. Mind you, I have often wonder why North Americans bother to leave the States. You have everything there! Bob

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My wife was born in Mexico, but she is very hesitant to return. It was safe then, but not so today.

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      Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      want want want to go there-- it sounds wonderful. I'm off to do a little more research via google-- thanks for the heads up and thumbs up for a great hub

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Mulege sounds almost like an oasis of sorts. The images in the photos look serene and unspoiled. I have also heard about the lack of fresh rain water. " Nunca llueve en Baja California, pero si llueve, llueve a cántaros.” Interesting hub, Dio.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Hello Bob,

      My parents always head down towards Mexico ..Mission Texas for the winter..Although this past year may be their last due to health reasons..but they always are hopeful to go one more time. I went down for a week and had a blast..I was wore out by 10 pm..they ran places constantly..Not sure of the entry we took into Mexico from Mission but we did go to Mexico..more of a tourist trap and I didnt enjoy it that much. I think this type of place would be my cup of tea..Love the beach without all the tourism and club scene. Will have to take a look on the map..Interesting hub..Thanks