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[*] posted on 11-28-2022 at 02:51 PM
Malarrimo Road


Anyone have any info on condition of the San Jose De Castro/Malarrimo road post hurricane? A friend and I are thinking of trying it in March. I've wanted to go there for years and am running out of years to do so.
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[*] posted on 11-29-2022 at 10:54 AM


I hope you have a fun ride out there, Kurt!
Make sure to bring plenty of OJ... ;)

There are two and maybe more routes to the original Playa Malarrimo, made famous by Mike McMahan's books.

The original road is the one you mention, going north from (near) San José de Castro. I started to drive it during my research work in 2017. It quickly deteriorated with overgrown brush, as if nobody uses it anymore... But, you can see it on Google Earth just fine.



The original Malarrimo road where it leaves the highway, around Km. 117.


Just a mile from the highway.

The Bahía Tortugas road was not fully paved then, so I estimated the kilometer marker would be near Km. 117 at the road, just 1/2 km. (0.3 mi.) east of the dirt road south to San José de Castro and on to Bahía Asunción. It has been reported to be 26 miles from here to the famous beach.



The other route leaves the Tortugas highway at Km. 83 and follows the water pipeline going northwest as a more direct route to Playa Malarrimo, if coming from Vizcaino. This would be more dirt miles, and is really remote... so never travel alone on this one!


The Km. 83 pipeline service road going towards Playa Malarrimo.


A road from the fish camps (El Queen and Malarrimo) to the west follows the coast and comes close or maybe all the way, now.





Mike McMahan books, with a full chapter on Malarrimo Beach:

1973 & 1974 hardback editions


1983 paperback edition.



Be careful with a shovel on Malarrimo Beach!!! >>>






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[*] posted on 11-29-2022 at 12:20 PM


No riding any more, I'm 78 now and I gave up riding last year except for an occasional short jaunt around my rural neighborhood. Had to recognize that my skills had eroded. No complaints, I rode motorcycles of all kinds for more than 60 years and many hundreds of thousand of miles. 40 plus years of exploring Baja on two wheels.

On this trip there will be at least two vehicles, perhaps more. Any info will be appreciated.

I also have McMahan's books,great family adventures back in the day.
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[*] posted on 11-29-2022 at 04:03 PM


I've been out there twice. The last time was 2015. Totally different drives getting out there. The first time a sand road up to the beach. The second time there was marsh near the beach. Lots of junk out there although we did find usable cameras a new scuba suit and millions of flip flops. Fun trip both times.

The turn off at San Jose de Castro is 27-33.310 x 114-27.800. There is the ruins of a house there or was.
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[*] posted on 11-29-2022 at 06:35 PM


Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
I've been out there twice. The last time was 2015. Totally different drives getting out there. The first time a sand road up to the beach. The second time there was marsh near the beach. Lots of junk out there although we did find usable cameras a new scuba suit and millions of flip flops. Fun trip both times.

The turn off at San Jose de Castro is 27-33.310 x 114-27.800. There is the ruins of a house there or was.


Thanks for the info, I seemed to remember that you had taken that road.
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[*] posted on 11-29-2022 at 10:31 PM


Please report back, this is on my list of places to visit.
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[*] posted on 11-29-2022 at 11:43 PM


Kurt keep us posted when you are are going myself and a friend or two may like to join you. It is a fun and interesting trip.
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