El Mogote

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El Mogote
El Mogote from space, 2003. (North is left.)
Country Mexico
State Baja California Sur
Municipality La Paz
Coordinates 24°09′47″N 110°21′43″W / 24.163°N 110.362°W / 24.163; -110.362
El Mogote is located in Baja California Sur
El Mogote
Location of El Mogote in Baja California Sur

El Mogote is a sand barrier peninsula opposite the city of La Paz in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The peninsula forms the northern shore of the Bay of La Paz.[1] The peninsula is arid, with extensive dunes at its neck. Clusters of mangroves are established on the southern shore of the peninsula.[2] The mangroves are considered important habitat for local and migratory birds, as well as marine life and are listed under the Ramsar Convention.[3]

Paraiso del Mar[edit]

El Mogote is the location of Paraiso del Mar, a resort development on 688 hectares (1,700 acres) on the eastern portion of the peninsula. The development, begun in 2005, was planned to include over 3,000 homes and condominiums, two golf courses, a marina, a town plaza and various other amenities. Land acquisition and development began despite concerns that the project would damage the ecology of the peninsula and surrounding waters.[4]

Unpaved El Mogote access road.

In August 2011, the developer, Luis Raymundo Cano Hernández, abandoned the project. In October 2012, he abandoned operation of the golf course.[5] As of 2014 the new owner of the development was searching for a buyer.[6]

There are approximately 170 owners who have formed an HOA to manage the property. There are 91 homes built and 120 condo units. There is one golf course, also currently operated by the HOA and it is open to the public, under the name "The Golf Club at El Mogote". Potable water is provided by a desalination plant.[7]

There are two methods of access to the development; an unpaved road, and a scheduled ferry from the La Paz malecon.

Portions of the partly completed development have been described as an eyesore. As of 2013 Mexican federal courts had ruled the development illegal and had directed all further development to cease.[8][9]


  1. ^ Esteban Fernando Félix Pico; Martín Enrique Hernández Rivas; Oscar Efraín Holguín Quiñones; Víctor Gerardo Vargas-López (2011). "The zonation and density of the macromolluscs living in the mangrove swamps of the sand barrier of El Mogote, La Paz, Baja California sur, Mexico". 
  2. ^ Cartron, Jean-Luc E.; Ceballos, Gerardo; Felger, Richard Stephen (25 August 2005). Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation in Northern Mexico. Oxford University Press. p. 302. ISBN 9780195348125. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Mexico surpasses 100 Wetlands of International Importance". THE RAMSAR CONVENTION SECRETARIAT ES. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Leon, Raymundo. "Espaldarazo oficial en BCS a proyecto turístico impugnado: "Devastará la ecología"". La Journada. Desarrollo de Medios, S.A. de C.V. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Paradise Lost! What’s Happening Out there on Fantasy Island, Anyway?" (PDF). Baja Citizen. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Paraíso del Mar: negocio riesgoso para inversionistas". BCS Noticias. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Update on Fantasy Island!". Baja Citizen. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Fogel, Susan. "Paraiso del Mar Ruled Illegal, Again, and All Work Must Stop!" (PDF). The Baja Citizen. Baja Citizen. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Cancelan proyecto Paraíso del Mar". Colectivo Pericú Californio – Noticias. Retrieved 6 September 2017.