Why RVers should stop in Mulege In Baja California Sur, Mexico
by Dan & Lisa Goy
We Love RVing in Mulegé In Baja California Sur, Mexico
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One of our most popular stops on tour is Mulegé. Mulegé is a small Mexican town located on the Sea of Cortez, south of Santa Rosalia, north of Loreto and situated at the entrance to the Bay of Conception. This is a date palm oasis, settled by the Spanish 300 years ago built beside the Mulegé river. The name Mulegé is derived from the Cochimi language meaning “Large ravine of the white mouth.” Significantly, Mexico achieved their only victory during the American Mexican Conflict (1846-1848) at the Battle of Mulegé. On October 1, 1847, the United States Marines and sailors invaded Mulegé and fought with Mexican militia. The Mexicans held fast, and by afternoon the Americans returned to their ship and left.
A tour of the Mission Santa Rosalía de Mulegé, founded in 1705 by the Jesuits, is a must see. The beautiful stone building we see today was started in 1766 and replaced the original structure. Behind the mission is an overlook where you have an excellent view of the river valley and date palms. Another worthwhile stop is the 100 year old state penitentiary, a unique jail without bars, where prisoners could go out to work during the day and returned every evening. Escape attempts were rare because if someone did escape other prisoners pursued the escapees to bring them back to jail or else all the tenants remained locked up.
Depending on what days of the week you are visiting, there are some great restaurant options including Don Johnson’s Hotel Serenidad, which is famous for the Saturday Night Pig Roast which has been a tradition
for over 30 years. The evening includes one margarita, a roast pork dinner, and entertainment for about $16 US per person, this is a fabulous evening! Whether it is the historic “Los Casitas” operated by Javier Zuniga, or Eduardo’s Chinese food, only on Sundays, or Ray’s Place, just outside town serving great seafood open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. When you include 4 decent grocery stores, a good Laundromat, 2 gas stations and a bank machine, Mulegé truly has it all.Let The Good Sam Extended Service Plan Pay Your RV Repair Bills
We stay at Villa Maria Isabel RV Park, located on the Mulegé River, owned and operated by our friend Maribel. Another excellent option is “Hacienda de la Habana” Ray Lima’s secluded RV Park beside his restaurant. You can also park your RV at the Hotel Cuesta Real and Hotel Sereindad.
The people of Mulegé are wonderful and always optimistic despite having been the victim of 2 devastating floods in the last 5 years, including “Hurricane Jimena” on September 2, 2009. Not surprisingly within a month they were up and running and rebuilding. Mulegé is a real treasure and you will be glad you made the time!
For more information on these Mexico Tours visit the Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours Inc website
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