. . .
The condition of the paved road all the way past Los Planes had
deteriorated since I last drove it. There were numerous shallow
potholes, and no sign of repairs. On the other hand, the dirt
road out to the bay is now being paved. There was an adjoining
detour road in use as far as the turnoff to Punta Arenas.
The Hotel Arenas is closed for renovation, and I have no
information as to when it might reopen. In conjunction with the
new development at Bahía de los Muertos, the airstrip has been
paved to a length of 5000 feet - enough for small jets.
Now, for the main event. The development along the shores of
Bahía de los Muertos is well under way. The operation is known
as "The Bay of Dreams," and that same name is being used for
what has been known for years as Bahía de los Muertos (now being
referred to, locally, as Bahía de los Sueños").
While I can acknowledge that "progress" is inevitable, this was
a place that had a special place in my heart for many years.
There is now a pleasant restaurant near the remains of the old
pier, and we stopped there for a cup of coffee (20 pesos /
$1.80US per cup). That would be fine except for one thing that
deeply disturbed me - the restaurant is a branch of the
"Giggling Marlin" in Cabo San Lucas. Yes, along the shore of
this most beautiful of bays, there is a bit of Cabo, and it's
one of the places that I personally feel represents the worst of
Cabo San Lucas. If they'd just given the restaurant a different
name and dispensed with the rig for hanging customers upside
down . . . oh well, I'm just an old man with
memories of something better.
The company developing the area has currently sold off some
lots for luxury homes, and several have been built (the largest
was quoted as being 17,000 sq. feet in size!). There are
plans for moorings in the bay, a marina, and a hotel. The
company owns 2.5 miles of shoreline around the bay, and another
2.5 miles of shoreline on the gulf side of Punta Arenas.
. . .
The condition of the paved road continued to be very good, with
a few potholes beyond Los Planes. The dirt road was in poor
condition, with most of it a rough washboard surface.
The Hotel Arenas was functioning, and on this visit we were able
to enjoy a cold beer in the second floor bar. The waiter
indicated it had been a slow season, as seems to have been the
case throughout much of southern Baja California.
Lots of activity out at Bahía de los Muertos. Fishing, fences,
power lines, and a loader moving dirt around near the old pier.
It appears that some development is on its way.
. . .
The condition of the paved road was very good, with just a few
potholes near the summit. The dirt road was also in relatively
good condition - it may have been graded at some point during
the summer of '99 (a dry year).
The road out to the hotel at Punta Arenas has been widened and
was quite smooth. The hotel is functioning, although we were
unable to get service in the second floor bar when we stopped
for something cold to drink.
The area formerly used by RVs out at Bahía de los Muertos has
been fenced off. There is a small parking area where local
fishermen launch their pangas.