Beautiful white sand and turquoise sea has become the trademark of Kino Bay, which has earned fame for being the ideal choice for vacation trips.
The names Kino Bay or Bahia de Kino are used interchangeably. Kino Bay is a town located in the Mexican state of Sonora on the Gulf of California. It is at a distance of 170Km from Hermosillo, and is administered as its municipality. The town of Kino Bay is located at N 28° 49’ W 111° 56’.
History of Kino Bay Mexico
The town is called Bahia de Kino for two reasons:
- It is named after Padre Eusebio Kino who entered this region by boat from Baja in 1687.
- It is named after the name of a bay between Tiburón Island and Punta San Nicolás, in Sonora.
Kino Bay was established in 1920 as a small fishing camp. Over a period of time, it has evolved into a city of about 7,000 people, but fishing still has great importance in their lives and fishing accounts for about 46% of total economic production. All fishing business is carried out on the beach southwest of the town, as Kino Bay lacks the facility of harbors or ports. Ironwood carving is the second most popular profession, while light industry and artisanal activities follow the rest at about 10% only.
Indigenous Seri of Kino Bay
Artisanal activities are usually carried out by the people known as “Seri”. Kino Bay was part of their traditional property, but now the Seri live to the north on their communal property.
The Seris are friendly and through their handcrafts, earrings, necklaces, shell ornaments and beautiful knitted-baskets dyed with the colors of the region you can obtain an insight into Mexican history. Their remarkable ironwood figures, known as “palo fierro” mostly represent fish, turtles, and birds. The Seris have another claim to fame.
Their use of the local, unique assemblage of desert flora and fauna has been found to be effective and so has been of interest to the ethno botanist. Their extensive knowledge of sea turtles is also amazing. The Seris are also known as Seri Indians or Comcaac.
What makes Kino Bay different from other beaches is that it has stunning mountain views and new developments for next-generation housing developments. It has more than 10 miles of uninterrupted beautiful beach front houses. It has better sand quality than the most famous Mexican resort, Cancun.
Things to do in Kino Bay Mexico
Kino Bay offers an ideal place to relax and enjoy life. A number of recreational activities are available. Scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, skiing and sports fishing are just some of the things to do. A huge choice of accommodations is also available, hotels, apartments and condominiums. Parks, restaurants and all the contemporary facilities are also offered.
The area around the Kino Bay is known as the Midriff region of the Gulf of California and it can become your paradise if you are a naturalist. Populations of desert big horn, tortoises, migratory hummingbirds, and insects and various kinds colorful marine life is bound to capture your attention.