Bahía de Kino
There are two distinct towns here. Old Kino (Kino Viejo) is the original fishing village. While it has a few motels and at least one RV park, it is not where most tourists stay or play. The new village (Kino Nuevo) is a strip of (wonderful) beach about a mile further down the highway. Here the beach is lined with villas and low-rise condos. The tourists are gringos and more affluent Mexicans from Hermosillo. The new part of town is very comfortable for gringos and very safe. The old part has good old-style simple restaurants and basic shopping. No supermarkets or walmarts here!
The coastline is a contiguous sandy beach, gravel shore and low cliffs. There are many secluded coves on the island. The interior of the island is mostly mountainous (the Sierra Menor). Low resolution topographic maps are available (topo lines drawn at 100m increments).
Flora and fauna
Many birds nest in Bahía de Kino during the spring and summer. Birds often encountered include: Brown Booby, Blue-footed Booby, Frigate Birds, Brown Pelican, and Orioles. While it is possible to visit Isla Tiburón or Alcatraz during nesting season please be especially careful to avoid disrupting the birds.
A desert climate. Bahía de Kino is part of the Sonoran desert. Winter temperatures are nearly ideal, while summer can be deadly. Strong winter winds can be a concern in December and January. Late winter to early spring is probably the ideal time of year to visit.
Like every city in Mexico, Bahía Kino has bus service that will take you wherever you need to go. The bus runs approximately once every hour in each direction from sunrise till sunset. The streets are navigable, though often unpaved, so bring your car should you want to explore.
Bahía de Kino has a Vibrant new park in Kino Viejo where you can play pick-up soccer bring the children to a playground, or visit the travelling circus.
Jump off of the pier.
The fishing is fantastic!
Ask around in Kino Viejo for Don Shemo, the local hat maker. From him you can buy a beautiful handwoven hat to keep the sun off of your face.
Seafood is the specialty here. From Ceviche to Tacos de Pescado, you wont run out of options from the sea. Try the chocolate oysters, which you can find with a snorkelling kit, or buy from street venders such as Terri in Kino Viejo.
La Palapa del Pescador, located in Kino Nuevo is your typical Mexican seafood fare. Try the Filete Seri, a large fillet of whitefish topped with crunchy sauteed vegetables. They offer several types of ceviche and tacos marlin. The restaurant is on the beach with a fantastic view of the sky-blue coast.
Jorges is located on the tip of Kino Nuevo and has spectacular views of the ocean. Try the filete con mojo ajo, a fillet of whitefish smothered with garlic, cilantro and pimiento, or the filete encebollado.
La Placadita deep in the heart of Kino Viejo across from the park and down the street from the internet café, this little taqueria opens at 6 PM and specializes in delicious carne asada. On the menu, you will find tacos, quesadillas, and papas. The papas are baked potatoes stuffed with carne asada, onions, and melted queso blanco.
Mexican Coke in a bottle. You know, the kind made with sugar not high-fructose corn syrup. Its ubiquitous in Mexico and the bottles are reused for decades, so you produce no extra waste by drinking one. Also, it's safer than the water.
In Bahía de Kino there are mostly apartment complexes but some hotels exist. Be warned that during Mexican (and US) holidays, getting reasonably priced accommodation might be difficult.
Departamentos Santos is an excellent place to become familiar with Kino Viejo and the local flavor. It is as you would expect for an apartment complex off of a dirt road in an underdeveloped city. Don't bring too many expectations and be blown away by the convenience, location, and hospitality of Félix Santos Flores. Félix will make your time pleasant by playing some cumbia and musica norteña while he works on his finances in the courtyard. A double room with cable TV and an A/C will run you $400 pesos. Climb up the steep spiral staircase to the rooftop lounge for an amazing view of the city. There are a couple of pools on the property that you can enjoy.
Local ice is made from local water. People that come from first world countries may get travelers' fever but if you've been outside the U.S, Canada or the U.K a lot, it will be very unlikely that you get infected.