May 2005

Actually a huge sea cave with a sky light! The unmarked good road leaves Hwy. 1 at Km. 47.5 (6 miles north of El Rosario’s Pemex station), and goes 3 miles to the parking area next to the rope-fence surrounded ‘crater’. Ignore the private property/ keep out (in Spanish) signs, half way in.
Looking over the ‘crater’ to the sea entrance. Day parking is 20 pesos, camping is 70 pesos. In the distance, a future sea food restaurant with a stunning view.
Some interesting sea scape is nearby at La Lobera.
The coastline here was simply awesome…
A sea lion was ‘spy hopping’ (peeking up from the ocean) at Elizabeth and I.
Many small craters like this one, make tide pools at low tide.
To the north of the three level (future) restaurant the coastline was equally striking. The setting sun created some great lighting.
Sunset at La Lobera, Saturday May 28, 2005.

October 2005

6 miles north of El Rosario, a dirt road goes west 1/2 mile, then south 2 1/2 more miles to this giant open roof sea cave/ crater where sea lions (lobos) can be seen far below on their own private beach.
Note my truck for scale of this giant sink hole! Only a few sea lions were down in the crater this day.
The rugged coastline at La Lobera is well worth a visit. See our photos from the previous visit here in May, 2005

April 2006

Just 3 miles west of Hwy. 1 (between Km. 47 and 48) is the dramatic coast and future sea food restaurant!

Lobsters, abalone and other sea food will be grown in this man made pool at La Lobera.
Chris at La Lobera                                                                                                                                             

July 2006

Almost every trip to El Rosario includes a visit to this ‘sea lion crater’. A sea food restaurant is planned and the food will be raised on site.
The high rise restaurant has wonderful views of the Pacific and the dramatic coastline. The large artificial tide pool is where lobster, abalone, crab, octopus and more will be produced.
Jaime shows us baby abalones.
Jaime shows us a young lobster and I notice the bumper sticker on his notebook! I would say that yes, Jaime has got Baja… by the tail!
What a great time (again) in El Rosario!

November 2006

Six miles north of El Rosario (Km. 47 1/2) take the road along the power lines 3 miles to La Lobera, the sea lion crater.
Elizabeth and Josh, who recently graduated from WyoTech automotive university.
La Lobera’s owner, Adrian Santana shows us how abalone is raised. All kinds of sea food is being produced in the tanks, for the (future) restaurant.
Dynamic coastline!

July 4, 2011

It is 6 miles north (of El Rosario) on Hwy. 1 to the La Lobera road, between Km. 47 and 48. Note the branch power lines going over the highway to La Lobera facility at the turnoff. It is 3 miles to the coast at La Lobera. A day use fee of 30 pesos per vehicle is collected when you arrive.

La Lobera is a giant sea cave whose roof collapsed except for the entrance tunnel that the seal lions (lobos or lobos del mar) use to get to their beach.

It is a rugged and beautiful coast, well worth the time to visit. The facility is a sea food cultivation plant that raises abalone, lobsters, and other yummy treats. The original plan was to have a restaurant in the first building, upstairs. A commercial kitchen was installed. Sadly, the drop in tourism and perhaps the failure of the Diamante del Mar project (that was ‘next door’) prevented the opening.

June 25, 2014 (Trail of Missions TV show, Tour #1)

A sea food production facility at La Lobera is raising abalone and other species of shellfish for a future restaurant on the site.
The restaurant and kitchen are on the second floor, over the facility.

Sept. 18, 2016

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La Lobera, the sea lion crater is our next stop.
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The ocean and sea lions enter through a cave.
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The name La Lobera (The Place of Lobos) comes from the animal Lobo del Mar  or ‘sea wolves’ which equals ‘sea lions’ in English. Seals also come here.

In 2016, the facility was abandoned! I would learn that happened not long before our visit in September 2016. Apparently, the heavy surf kept dislodging the seawater intake which was mandatory for oxygen and nutrition for the shellfish being raised here. Obviously, the failure of the nearby Diamante del Mar golf course and housing project to get started meant fewer potential customers. I am very sorry for Adrian Santana who had a wonderful dream of the freshest seafood restaurant and satisfied customers.

I wrote about La Lobera for Baja Bound’s monthly bulletin:

La Lobera, on the coast 10 kms. (6 mi) north of El Rosario and 47.5 kms (30 mi) south of San Quintín.