San Quintin Tourist Attractions

What to See. Things to Do in Baja

This is a guide to the top San Quintin tourist attractions: beaches, bird watching, boating, camping, clamming, diving, fishing and surfing.

Also included in this page: driving distances, lodging, outdoor activities, real estate, restaurants.

San Quintin is a group of bays situated at the Pacific in the west coast of Baja California, Mexico, within the boundaries of the Ensenada Municipality.

San Quintin from the air


One of San Quintin tourist attractions is the coast, where you will find some of the best beaches in Baja California.

Playa Santa María and Playa Pabellón is a 10 mile stretch of beautiful beaches.

Other enjoyable beaches are San Ramón (north of town), El Playón (west of town), and Playa El Socorro and Playa Tranquila to the south.

In the inner bay region there are plenty of beaches where popular seaside recreational activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing can be practiced.

Bird Watching

San Quintin Tourist Attractions

A bird-watching escapade is bound to leave you thrilled. This village is well known for its bird sanctuary. There are huge seabird colonies. A big variety of feathered specimens populate the beautiful bays and marshes.

From November to March you can watch the black brant, a migratory goose.

These birds spend the winter in San Quintin and in the quiet waters of Scammon's lagoon and San Ignacio lagoon, in the Baja California west coast.

Bird-watching tours provide unique opportunities for visitors to come up close with the rich fauna inhabiting San Quintín's sinuous coast.

Recommended: the Mudflat Nursery, a winter bird sanctuary boasting a wide variety of birds. Be prepared for a 10-mile exciting trip around a sheltered, shallow-water bay.


There is no doubt that some of the best beaches in Baja California are located within the bays of this coastal town.

These bays are only a few feet deep providing a safe and secure anchorage for boats and catamarans the whole year.

Off the bays the waters get very deep making it a perfect area to boating.


San Quintin and its surroundings offer miles an miles of camping spots.

  • El Pabellon RV Park.
    Access to beach. Tent and RV sites. Hook-ups. Toilets. Showers. Drive 4 miles north and 1 mile west of highway 1.
  • Old Mill RV Park and Motel.
    Hook-ups and electricity. Eastern shore of inner San Quintin Bay.


    San Quintin Tourist Attractions

    San Quintin is known for its endless supply of the giant Pismo clams and mussels.

    Pismo clams, that can grow up to six inches, are the largest and the most yummiest among the Baja clams.

    Due to the rich nutrients brought by ocean currents, and to the fertile volcanic soil around and under the bays, clams and oysters multiply by the millions.

    That is why digging for oysters in the shallow waters of the bays is one of the main attractions here.

    Playa Santa Maria is one of the most productive locations.

    Scuba Diving

  • Deep volcanic formations along Cabo San Quintín and Punta Arrecife Light
  • Johnston's Seamount offers underwater gardens crammed with multicolored sea creatures. Good visibility. This location is ideal for underwater photography and spear-fishing.
  • Isla San Martin. Kelp beds, underwater pinnacles and several rock reefs.
  • Roca Ben, south of San Martín island. Abrupt depths of 90 feet. Hydrocoral formations. This rock is a habitat for lobsters, scallops, and abalone.

    Diving Charters offers guided dive trips. Contact them in USA: (619) 224-4997.


    In San Quintin you can catch a wide variety of fish species like yellowtail, white sea bass, albacore, bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye tuna, halibut, mackerel, perch, croaker, rock cod, and even dorado.

    Fishing Yacht

  • Don Eddies' Landing offers long range tuna trips, super pangas and offshore trips. Contact him in USA: (01152) 616 165-6061.

    Real Estate

  • Jonathan Mendez, broker, is a waterfront property specialist in the Baja California area.

    Call him: 619-955-7932.
    Online information:


  • Punta San Jacinto. Uncrowded local surf spot.
  • Beach break at Picacho. Good surfing.
  • Playa Médano. Excellent beach break in its north end. Northwest and southern swells for seemingly endless point breaks in its south end.

    Recommended: rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle or boat to access surfing beaches.


  • Desert Inn hotel sits on a long stretch of sandy beach. Ocean view rooms. Restaurant and bar. Toll-Free reservations in USA & Canada: 1-800-800-9632.
  • La Pinta Hotel is on the beach, facing the Ocean. Restaurant and bar. Phone: (01152) 617 176-2601.
  • Old Mill Hotel offers cottages with kitchenettes. Restaurant. Boat launch facility. To contact them in USA: (619) 428-2779.
  • Rancho Sereno offers bed and breakfast. Contact them in USA: (909) 982-7087.

    Outdoor Activities

    San Quintin Tourist Attractions

    In this multi bay town you will be able to practice a wide array of sports such as...

  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Sail Navigation
  • Sport fishing
  • Trekking
  • Wind and Kite surfing


    Many hotels provide valuable services and packages including sight seeing and excellent seafood.

  • Costa Azul offers seafood and Continental menus. Located in downtown.
  • Don Eddies' Landing offers full service bar. Clams, shrimps, crabs, oysters. In USA: (01152) 616 165-6061 or 165-6062.

    Driving Distances

  • This picturesque bay is situated 190 miles south of the USA-Mexico border.
  • 125 miles south of Ensenada.
  • 118 miles northwest from Cataviña.
  • 155 miles northwest from Bahía de los Angeles.

    As you see, San Quintin has so much to explore... from coast, to beach, to sea. No doubt, it is destined to become an upscale enclave.

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