Popotla may be the most underutilized treasure in Baja California–the
locals go to the beach restaurants at the entrance, geared towards
Mexican families who go for the pescado zarandeado, Baja lobster, and
shrimp cocktails. Down on the beach, Bajacalifornios stick to fried
fish, which is done with fresh catch from the fisherman, which is fine,
but they're missing out on something bigger. On this beach, the famed
Baja lobster dish is a yawn compared to the ease at which you can
acquire deep-fried spider crabs, cracked open alive right in front of
your eyes, and paired with a spicy a la diabla sauce, or a mojo de ajo.
Sea urchin, abalone, pismo clam, black clams, red clams, enormous
“huarache” oysters, rare chocolate clams, and sea snail are so cheap
it'll have you screaming “whaat” in your best Little John.
The morning catch
arrives and is cleaned and ready to go into ceviches, cocktails, and
anything your heart desires–this is a place to live out your seafood
fantasies and wash it down with a cold Pacifico.
Did I mention you should bring a crew?–you'll need help with all this.