|Photo by: David Tramp photo|
|Ready for Dredging â€” Waiting to be dredged, the marina at Santa Rosalillita already has a Pemex fuel dock, a 50-ton Travelift, a dry storage yard and Singlar marina office buildings. Tentative plans are for the yacht basin or floating marina to be open for use this fall.|
SANTA ROSALILLITA, Mexico â€” Almost halfway down the Baja Peninsula, Mexicoâ€™s Fonatur tourism agency has made remarkable progress with its man-made yacht harbor at Santa Rosalillita (pronounced Roz-ah-lee-EE-tah). It is set to become the Pacific terminus of the long-awaited â€œLand Bridge,â€ over which yachts of up to 50 tons are to be trucked 75 miles across Baja California, to and from Bahia de Los Angeles (L.A. Bay).
The two riprap breakwaters have been in place for three years â€” and the 15-mile road out to Highway 1 has been straightened, widened and blacktopped. This spring, above-ground diesel and gasoline tanks were installed, and a Pemex fuel dock was built.
The distinctive three-story Singlar Marina office building looks good, and a 50-ton Travelift stands ready near the haulout yard and covered work sheds. The adjacent village of Santa Rosalillita is now on the power grid, and has both streetlights and sewers.
Evidently, all thatâ€™s lacking is to dredge the yacht basin, which has filled in with sand.
However, this is where Fonatur may build its first floating marina, which the agency describes as â€œa vessel or platform that offers basic support to cruising boats without damaging the highly fragile ecosystems or nearby fishing grounds.â€ This kind of marina will also require a dredged harbor, so I imagine Fonatur is just waiting until summer storms have passed.
Meanwhile, the bayâ€™s first private land developer isnâ€™t waiting. Half-acre oceanfront lots 5 miles from Santa Rosalillita are selling like hot tortillas, at $48,000 U.S. San Diego developer David Tramp (not Donald Trump) is a longtime Baja California aficionado, and heâ€™s already sold six of his 14 oceanfront lots. His Web site at www.bclandacquisitions.com shows 20 more lots uphill from the white sand beach with even smaller price tags.
I remember turning down a chance to buy a tiny lot for $600 during my first visit to Baja California. Iâ€™d never heard of the outfit: the Pedregal overlooking a bay they called San Lucas. Hmmm.
Whereâ€™s that dredge?