"We LOVE El Golfo de Santa Clara!!!" El Golfo de Santa Clara by catscrapfever

El Golfo de Santa Clara Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 8 photos

The people...

Okay, I will say that when you first get to El Golfo, it's not what one might call beautiful. The people there live in very humble circumstances to say the least. It's a small fishing village where most of its' residents live in shacks constructed of whatever materials they can get their hands on, from corrogated tin roofing to plain old cardboard boxes. The one thing my famiy has noticed, though is that all of the children are happy and smiling. They just don't know that they are living below poverty level as we Americans know it. That's probably why we love to serve them...they are all so deserving. April of 2006, we built a little house for a family that we have come to love...the Juan and Anjelica Escobar family...they are in the picture that I have posted for my proflie. The older boy on the left is actually my son, Geoffrey, although he fits right in. The father Jaun is not pictured. They have three children, Anjelica, Luptia and Juanito. They are standing in front of what used to be their house, when we were leaving town and dropping off our left-over food and some donated clothes. It was a big deal at the time, but my son had given up his beloved Pikachu to the girls because after he had peeked into their house, he saw that they didn't have any toys. I cried and someone else had the sense to take this picture. If you look closely enough, you can see Pikachu dangling upside down from his tail!! Anyway, it was our next trip that our entire group of 65 people decided to build this family a house...wish I had more space to show you...it was truly an event to remember.

The landscape

I hope to have a picture loaded onto this computer to show you how lovely it is, but until then, I'll have to "Use my words"...It's awesome! The sand, the hills, the cliffs, the beach, the crazy high tide and low tide...I mean super high tide and super low tide...I've never seen such a dramatic tide ever...it's truly amazing! The trails are excellent for quads and such...just watch that last sharp left on the Douglas Trail, it's a doozy! (It's okay if you've never heard of it...my nephew Douglas went with us this last trip and we had quad races and he got to make up his own trail, and I was running it, and missed the sharp left, hit a ramp of hard-pack, got some sick air, and hit the ground with my throttle fully open, and kinda took to the air for a few feet and ultimatley plummeted to the hard-pack, which is why I am now sitting on my couch wincing in pain telling you how I came to dislike quad racing!) Anyways...it sure is nice to wake up on the beach to the sound of the waves crashing, and the hum of the motor boats of the village fishermen going off to work...watching the stinky beetles wander all over camp for something to nibble on, and hearing the birds squack their delight in finding whatever juicy tidbit the tide has left behind...knowing that my kids are still asleep and will be until I start to cook breakfast...and hoping that the wind will die down soon so we can have sand-free bacon and griddle cakes...ahhhh...it feels kinda like paradise.....

The sunset

I have seen many a setting sun in my 35 years, but none more beautiful than the ones I have witnessed in Mexico. While in Puerta Vallarta, my husband and I had our picture taken in front of a beautiful sunset that almost did not look real when the picture was developed. The sunsets in El Golfo are just as beautiful. The sun gently touches upon the tips of the mountains in the distance, and within ten seconds has completely dipped behind them for the evening. It is truly a sight to behold, especially from the hill which we camp near.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:slow tempo, friendly folks, beautiful weather/scenery
  • Cons:gusty wind, no emergency facility nearby
  • In a nutshell:If you like to camp on the beach, enjoy street tacos, friendly folks, perfect weather, beautiful sunsets and a nice, slow pace...El Golfo is the place for you!
  • Last visit to El Golfo de Santa Clara: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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Comments (3)

  • Jul 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Great description! I love it when people pause to appreciate this kind of primitive village (primitive is a not a disparaging term in my vocabulary, but a positive one). Looks like the kind of help you brought, and the manner you did it, was just right and wonderful.
    Makes me want to be part-of.
    My 24 hours in el Golfo de Santa Clara, despite a relentless tooth-ache, were filled with mystery and friendship. Little encounters that burned an indelible mark on my heart. I hope to return, and fanaticize disappearing from my usual life for a few weeks to write my book (no internet needed) in that yellow room with the balcony overlooking the great ocean...

  • Jan 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I'm curious to know...

    --Is there is any public place to get Internet in El Golfo de Santa Clara?

    --Is there any form of public transportation to get a person from El Golfo back to the US border?

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Beautiful writeup. I've been to El Golfo numerous times and you describe it to a 'T.'

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