Tourism Development and Political Conflict in a Coastal Zone: The Case of Punta Banda-La Bufadora Region

by Guillermo Arámburo-Vizcarra, Universidad Autonoma de Baja, California, Ensenada, Mexico,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Management in Mexico: the Baja California Experience


The Pacific coast of the state of Baja California, Mexico has many attractive development sites. The Punta Bands-la Bufadora region is one these places because it has magnificent ocean views, a natural estuary for the reproduction of birds and other species, a blowhole (marine geyser) which ejects water over fifteen meters high, and growing tourist development which includes a resort with camping sites, trailers parks, small hotels and souvenir stands. The main economic activity is tourism, however, this area has not reached a greater development stage because of the problems surrounding land tenancy do not allow more investments. Less than 700 people live here and most of them have discovered that tourism is the economic alternative for their survival. In this article the problems of tourism development of a specific region are described and involve different pressure groups conflicting in this coastal zone.

Subject Headings: Tourism | Political factors | Dispute resolution | Coastal environment | Case studies | Economic factors | Ocean engineering | Birds | California | United States | Mexico

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