The closest commercial airport to Scorpion Bay is the Loreto Airport and it is approximately a 3 to 3.5 hour drive. Only 2 operators fly out of Loreto- Alaska Airlines is international to and from the US and Calafia Airlines is domestic to and from Mexico.
Alaska Airlines only flies to Loreto via Los Angeles. Flights to and from Los Angeles are once a day only on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Departure and arrival times vary. Be sure to match your flight days with your Hotel reservation days.
For information about bringing a surfboard on your Alaska flight, please click here.
Calafia Airlines only flies to Loreto via Guaymas, Hermosillo, La Paz and Tijuana. Flights to and from Tijuana are once a day only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flights to and from Guaymas, Hermosillo and La Paz are once a day only on Thursdays and Sundays. Departure and arrival times vary. Be sure to match your flight days with your Hotel reservation days.
Domestic flights are best priced so flying to the San Diego Airport and using the CBX Border Crossing to the Tijuana Airport should be considered. It is a short walk from the US across a bridge and the border directly into the Tijuana Airport. Tickets are necessary each way and can be purchased here.
For information about bringing a surfboard on your Calafia flight, please click here.
Guests flying into Loreto are recommended to rent a vehicle as our Hotel is not able to provide airport transportation. The roads to Scorpion Bay are paved all the way and there is ample signage along the route to get you to our Hotel safely.
The companies available at the Loreto Airport are Ace, Alamo, Europcar, Fox and Hertz. It is recommended to make a reservation in advance, pay in advance and present your confirmation receipt upon arrival. Be sure that your vehicle has a spare tire and tools to change one just in case. 4 wheel drive is not necessary as the road is paved all the way.
If you prefer to not rent a vehicle, the only public transportation available from Loreto to Scorpion Bay is via taxi. There are always plenty of authorized taxis and taxi vans waiting at the terminal. The fare each way starts at approximately $200 US.
Driving from the us border
It is required by Mexican law for guests driving from the US to Mexico to have a tourist visa and liability insurance for their vehicle. Tourist visas can be obtained at all points of entry and liability insurance can be obtained online.
If you are driving from the US, the shortest route from the border will take at least 12 hours. Whatever your route, all drivers must get to San Ignacio on their path to Scorpion Bay and from there two options exist.
The first option is stay on Highway 1. It is the slower of the two options but the sure way to go with paved roads and signage that lead you to Scorpion Bay. From San Ignacio, this route is approximately 8 hours with some very beautiful beaches and coves between Santa Rosalia and Loreto to admire.
The second option is take what is known as the North Road. However, most of this route is unpaved with no defined roads and no signage. If you have never driven the North Road, our Hotel does not recommend it. The route goes through salt flats and very soft sand and 4 wheel drive and a vehicle to handle multiple terrains is a must. Multiple spares, digging tools and food and water are recommended in case you get stuck along the way. It is the road less traveled and there may be no other travelers available to assist. If you do go this route, it saves approximately 5 hours.
DO NOT USE GOOGLE MAPS!!!!!!!!
First, DOWNLOAD Gaia GPS APP BEFORE YOU FLY INTO MEXICO ON SMARTPHONE.
DIRECTIONS DRIVING FROM LORETO OR LA PAZ
IF YOU ARE DRIVING FROM THE LORETO AIRPORT, PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST GO SOUTH AND NOT NORTH. THAT ROAD TO THE NORTH IS DANGEROUS AND NOT PASSABLE. GO SOUTH FROM THE LORETO AIRPORT!
All drivers must get to Ciudad Insurgentes via Highway 1- Loreto from the east; La Paz and Los Cabos from the south. Once in Ciudad Insurgentes, follow the signs towards La Purisima to the north for approximately 85km or approximately 1 hour to Las Barrancas. Beware of potholes on this road. After 85km, there is a bend in the road, a water tower off to your left and a sign on your right that reads San Isidro, La Purisima and San Juanico. Please note that there are numerous stickers covering the San Juanico sign making it difficult to read. Make a left. Beware of potholes on this road. After approximately 10km you will make the first right at the sign that reads San Juanico. The drive from Las Barrancas to San Juanico is approximately 35km and approximately 40 minutes. Once you reach San Juanico, veer left at the fork to be on the main road Dionisia Villarino. Follow the road nine blocks until you reach La Joya and turn right. Our Hotel is on that block on the right side.