My husband, Mark, first discovered Las Gaviotas with his brother in high school, early 1980s, during their many surf trips to Baja. Along with friends, Mark and Matt used to drive from San Diego to Las Gaviotas after school for evening surf sessions. I also shared a love of Baja based initially on my high school trips to Tijuana and the nearby beaches. Both brothers subsequently had their Bachelor Parties in Las Gaviotas.
Mark and I shared our first kiss a mile or so South of Las Gaviotas during our college years while on a Missionary trip to bring food and clothing to an orphanage in Tijuana. After visiting the orphanage, our California State University of Fullerton Catholic Club stayed the weekend at the beach front camp ground South of Las Gaviotas. I still remember the whale we saw from the camp site just off shore.