The non-native attraction of San Quintin dates back to the late 19th century, when an English land settlement company was authorized by the Mexican Government to colonize the eastern shore of the bay. Crops were planted, especially wheat, with the intention of sending flour back to Britain. The colonists built a grist mill, a pier and the beginnings of a railroad to ship their finished product to San Diego. A prolonged drought, however, brought the dream to an end and the colony failed.
Evidence of the English past can still be seen at the Old Pier Hotel where century-old pier pilings stand straight in the water. The “English cemetery” also has many old graves marked with fading crosses faintly inscribed with British family names of those who never made the return trip to their motherland. The cemetery is now used for deceased locals whose Hispanic and Indigenous family names far outnumber those of the English.
San Quintin is presently populated with people who have come from all over the mainland. They have made Baja’s agriculture famous for its tomatoes, onions, squash, broccolli, strawberries, wheat and other products. Off-shore sea fishing is another source of local income. Along the highway, you will find shops that cater to all tastes – North American, Mexican and sometimes Chinese. There are many roadside stands that sell fresh sea food, fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious snacks of carne asada, and fish and shrimp tacos. You will find several gas stations, internet cafes, restaurants, banks, clinics, and El Buen Pastor Hospital staffed by some of Mexico’s most capable doctors and surgeons.
Don’t miss the opportunity to check out San Quintin’s beaches. The beaches are a great place to stop, look for clams by digging your feet in the sand, picking beautiful shells, and picking up sand dollars. Surfing and Wind Surfing are also excellent. If you have a fourwheel drive vehicle you can explore the rugged shoreline and look for sea creatures in the tide pools down by El Socorro, or just take a scenic drive along a beautiful beach.
Another attraction of San Quintin is the nearby bay. The bay is u-shaped with seven dormant volcanos on the west side. The bay is great for kayaking and wind surfing.
San Quintin is a major destination for sports fishermen. Our waters have some of the best fishing for yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tuna, white seabass, an occasional black seabass, halibut, and huge bottom fish. There are are many places here in San Quintin where you can rent a boat or panga to go fishing. If you bring your own boat, guides are available to take you out. The waters of the bay are tricky, so we suggest you take a guide with you on your personal boat, especially if it is your first time fishing in or out of San Quintin Bay.
Do you enjoy windsurfing but would like a less windy and more secure place for night camping rather than the water’s edge? The Bay is one and two-tenths of a mile west of Los Olivos. In San Quintin Bay near the Old Pier, wind surfing is always in season, running from 10 to 23 mph on any given afternoon. E-mail us for an up-dated report on wind conditions at the Bay. Spend a calm and secure night under our sheltering olive trees.