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.
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|State||Baja California Sur|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
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 one of the world's top 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
- La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico - Google Maps
- current wind link
- LaVentana information reference site
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