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|State||Baja California Sur|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
La Ventana is a small fishing village on the shore of La Ventana Bay south of La Paz on the eastern side of the Baja California peninsula in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The village was founded in the early 1940s by the La Paz pearl diver Salome Leon. When pearl diving became unprofitable, Salome brought his family over the mountains from La Paz to La Ventana Bay to found the village. Many of his descendants continue to live, fish, and work in the village.
The area was first inhabited by Neolithic hunter-gatherers at least 10,000 years ago who left traces of their existence in the form of rock paintings near the city and throughout the Baja California Peninsula. Hernán Cortés sailed into Bahía de La Paz on May 3, 1535. He attempted to start a colony but abandoned his efforts after several years due to logistical problems. Sebastián Vizcaíno arrived in 1596 as part of a pearl-fishing expedition on the western shore of the Gulf of California. He sailed on to La Paz after attempts to pacify the area were rebuffed. The first permanent settlement in Baja California was not formed until 1695 further north in Loreto.
La Ventana (English "The Window") is named for the 'window' to the Gulf of California between nearby Isla Cerralvo and Punta Arena, which contrasted with the closed-in La Paz Bay from which the first inhabitants relocated.
La Ventana Bay (Bahia de la Ventana) is well known for consistent north winds that blow from November to April, and is considered a really great kiteboarding destinations for all around riders. The bay and wind condition is great for foilboarders and a lagoon called Choco lake offer great flat water and features for wakepark riders. kiteboarding destinations. It has been nicknamed 'Hood River South' by tourists who kiteboard in La Ventana in the winter and in Hood River, Oregon in the summer. As such, many if not most tourists in La Ventana come from the Pacific Northwest/Cascadia region.
During the summer months La Ventana offers good fishing and diving opportunities. In addition, the following activities are available year-round:
- Horseback riding
- Island trips
- Mountain biking
- Hot Springs at the beach
- Scuba Diving
- Tandem sky diving and land on the beach
- Weight lift
- 2010 census tables: INEGI Archived 2013-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
- Baja California's Rugged Outback by Michael E. Long, from National Geographic Magazine, October 1972, pages 544 to 551
- Chapter 2, vol. 1, History of California, Theodore Henry Hittell, San Francisco: N. J. Stone & Company, 1897.
- Spradley, Tom (December 14, 2018). "A Brief History of the Founding of La Ventana (I)". The Ventana View. Retrieved 2019-08-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Trinidad, Erik (September 7, 2011). "The World's Top 10 Kiteboarding Spo". DNews. Retrieved 2016-05-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)