Punta Abreojos

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Punta Abreojos (26°42′52″N 113°34′20″W / 26.71444°N 113.57222°W / 26.71444; -113.57222)[1] is a fishing town in Mulegé Municipality, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

It is located at the entrance to Laguna San Ignacio, a Biosphere Reserve which is frequently visited by pods of grey whales.[2] An isolated hill, 95 metres (312 ft) high, rises a few miles behind the town, and is a conspicuous landmark for sailors.[1] Several lighthouses are situated near the town.[2]

Punta Abreojos was named by Francisco de Bolaños, whose expedition reached the headland, but no further.[3] Abreojos means "open your eyes", and refers to the treacherous sailing conditions, with many rocks and reefs.[4]

Punta Abreojos is reached by a long road with few features of interest.[5] It comprises 500 houses, some grocery stores, an airstrip, a fish packing plant, a hardware store, churches, schools and a medical clinic.[2][5] The town's main economic output is in fishing for California spiny lobster and abalone.[5]

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  1. ^ a b NGIA (2004)
  2. ^ a b c Rains (2006)
  3. ^ Myers (2004), pp. 209, 226.
  4. ^ Myers (2004), pp. 209, 378.
  5. ^ a b c Palmerlee (2007)

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