Chileno Bay Resort and Residences. An Auberge Resort.
Carretera Transpeninsular San Jose-San Lucas Km15, Playa Chileno Bay, 2341 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. Mexico.
Coordinates in degrees decimal: 22.947898 N, -109.807314 E.
Visited in November 2019. Photographer: Nigel Thomas. Cameras: Olympus Tough T5 and Nikon Coolpix W300.
Chileno Bay Resort and Residences is situated close to the most southerly location on the Baja California peninsula, half way between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. The seafront faces the Sea of Cortez in an East South East direction and benefits from a spur of intertidal rock that projects almost 600m into the sea. This spur of rock provides considerable shelter from the occasionally adverse wind and wave conditions, providing good snorkelling conditions most of the time. Prevailing winds are from the southwest quadrant, with winds mostly between 8 and 15 knots. North and northeasterly winds are generally infrequent. Water temperatures are in the low 20s Celsius between late December and late May, thereafter temperatures are in the mid to upper 20s, with best temps between August and October. Tidal conditions are a factor for entry and exit, with some areas only accessible at the top of the tide. Max tidal range is in the order of 1.5m. Visibility is strongly influenced by periods of rain, with some considerable land run-off in streams both north and south of the resort. Heaviest rainfall period is between August and October.
The rocky outcrops to the south of the beach at Chileno Bay create some spectacular underwater scenery, with many sand gullies between vertical rock walls, very large boulders and overhangs. Extensive areas are covered in corals, although not generally in brilliant colours. The fish life is varied and often abundant with one of the special features of the area being the easily observed porcupine, balloon and box fish. During the course of the 10 day visit 100 species were recorded of which 50 were fish.
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