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Baja California

Baja Geography

The Baja peninsula is a long, narrow strip of land that juts out from northern Mexico into the Pacific. The long bay that is created by this peninsula is known as the Sea of Cortés. The peninsula is so long (1,300 km, or, 800 miles) that for a long time people believed it to be an island. The climate of the Baja peninsula is one of the driest in the world and the population is still very small. The peninsula is divided into two states: Baja California and Baja California Sur. The region is known for wine making, good seafood, fishing, and tourism.

Tijuana

The capital of Baja California is the city of Tijuana. Located on the border with the United States, not far from San Diego, Tijuana’s history has been shaped by constant contact with Mexico’s northern neighbor. In the 1920's, many Americans visited Tijuana to drink alcohol, then illegal in the United States, and the city got a reputation as a place to have a good time. Today this city of 2 million is still popular with visitors. They can still drink their fill of tequila, but the city has much more to offer. It is one of the most vibrant cities in Mexico for artistic expression, and there are bullfights, jai-alai matches, greyhound races and any number of restaurants and places to dance.

Los Cabos

On the southern tip of the peninsula, located in the state of Baja California Sur, is the town of Los Cabos. Here, awesome, craggy rock formations jut out of the blue sea, attracting photographers and snorkelers. Cabo San Lucas is a polished tourist resort with fine hotels and restaurants and first-class service for any number of adventures and excursions. The sport fishing off of Los Cabos is particularly good. In the winter, the visitor can go whale watching on small boats that take day trips to see the whales on their migratory routes.

The capital of Baja California Sur is La Paz, a growing eco-tourism and beach destination. Loreto is another popular beach destination in Baja California Sur. Nearby San Ignacio is known for ancient cave paintings.









By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
09 Oct 2007

Things to See and Do in Baja California

Lands End and Lover's Beach

107555Take a trip to Lover's Beach by water taxi and you get a tour of the fantastic Lands End headland thrown in. Visit Pelican Rock, where a family of Pelicans pose for photos, and also stop off at a Sea ...
Beach
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Whale watching

From January to March this area buzzes with people seeking a glimpse of the migrating grey and blue whales that play in the bays of Baja California Sur. Some are so tame the boats can slide up to ...
Boating
San Ignacio, Mexico

Cave painting tour

107921While the paintings may disappoint (they are impressive, but don't believe the stunning enhanced photographs in the magazines!) this is still a good trip and a good way to get out into the desert. ...
Cultural Tour
San Ignacio, Mexico

Snorkeling Isla Coronado

This is a pricy activity but it is worth it. Do not go here expecting to see sparkling reefs, head to La Paz if you want that. Instead you will be snorkeling around rocks with some of the largest ...
Diving
Loreto, Mexico

San Javier Mission

This trip takes you on a long dirt road into the Sierra Gigante to see the desert mountains close at hand. En-route you will stop at some rock art, which is not particularly spectacular, then do a ...
Historical Building, Adventure Tour
Loreto, Mexico

Whale Watching

Between January and March the waters around the Loreto area are packed with whales of all types. Specific tours head out to sea to seek either jumping grey whales, which breach out of the water, or ...
Boating
Loreto, Mexico

The Best Restaurants and in Baja California

Rene's

107911This place is the only dedicated restaurant in town that offers full-plate fare and it knows it and charges accordingly. Most hotels have associated restaurants but if you want to go out for a piece ...
Restaurant
San Ignacio, Mexico

El Corralito Cantina

107926Deservedly popular, this pleasant restaurant, which has a booth for patio seating on the roadside, serves up gigantic portions at some of the best prices in town. The atmosphere is good when it fills ...
Restaurant
Ensenada, Mexico

Taqueria Mexico Lindo

107929For some of the tastiest tacos in town head here where the prices are low and the quality is high. Counter-style stool seats circle the cooking area so you can watch freshly made tortillas being ...
Restaurant
Ensenada, Mexico

La Palapa

107736Set attractively under straw roofs this is a good party bar if there is a party in town. The food is grilled on barbeques outside and served up in good portions while the ambience is, reportedly, ...
Restaurant
Loreto, Mexico

Mediterráneo

107728Opened in May 2006 this is the plushest place in town with the best view on the waterfront. The open balcony dining area offers an uninterrupted view of the fantastic scenery while the interior area ...
Restaurant
Loreto, Mexico

Loreto Islas

107725This indoor, fully air-conditioned restaurant is filled with smart square tables covered with tablecloths. Loreto Islas offers a view out onto the malecón, the sea and the beautiful mountain ...
Restaurant
Loreto, Mexico

El Rincon de los Remedios

107711One of the lower budget options on the Malecon, this spot offers streetside tables overlooking the water (as long as nobody parks in front of you!). Food, which comes with a plate of nachos and dip ...
Restaurant
La Paz, Mexico

Los Churros

You must not leave Ensenada without sampling these delicious filled churros. Open sporadically (try between 7pm and 9pm) the small counter outlet serves these freshly fried tube donuts to go, with a ...
Restaurant
Ensenada, Mexico

Margaritavilla

107549Located in a lively part of the harbor this expansive and plush restaurant offers good food at pretty high prices. Indoor and outdoor tables offer good views of the goings on along the Malecón and ...
Restaurant
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Hotel y Restaurant Chalita

107909There are not many budget places to choose from in town so this place takes the top marks because of its convenient location right in the centre. Rooms are huge and clean but basic and a little rough ...
Hotel, Restaurant
San Ignacio, Mexico

Places to Stay in Baja California

Hotel Yeneka

107701This hotel/bar/restaurant is an eyeopener as soon as you walk in. Panama hats line the roof and there is a rock theme running through the whole place. Rooms are upstairs circling the bar down below ...
Hotel
La Paz, Mexico

Su Casa

Su Casa is set on a hillside with a spectacular panoramic ocean view of Todos Santos Bay and its islands in the secure, gated community of Cibolas del Mar. It is located 15 minutes north of Ensenada, ...
Rental
Ensenada, Mexico

Motel America

107923Located right at the end of the busiest part of Lopes Mateos this classic motel is one of the most affordable places to stay in Ensenada. Rooms, which circle the carpark, are spotless with good high ...
Hotel
Ensenada, Mexico

Motel La Posada

107910This place is a five minute walk from the central square but it has six reasonable mid-size rooms set out motel-style running around the carpark. Rooms are all clean and comfortable and come with a ...
Hotel
San Ignacio, Mexico

Hotel y Restaurant Chalita

107909There are not many budget places to choose from in town so this place takes the top marks because of its convenient location right in the centre. Rooms are huge and clean but basic and a little rough ...
Hotel, Restaurant
San Ignacio, Mexico

Posada San Martin

107723This is a good budget choice, centrally located and with rooms circling a pleasant central courtyard filled with tables and plants. Accommodation is clean and rooms are of good size and it is a good ...
Hotel
Loreto, Mexico

Hosteria Del Convento

107704This quiet little place, just a minute away from Pension California, offers rooms circling a functional open-air courtyard which has a few scruffy but comfy sofas as a communal area. Rooms with fans ...
Hotel
La Paz, Mexico

Pensión California

This place offers a similar stay to the Hosteria del Convento, just a minute up the road, but rooms are much smaller and quite cramped. Facilities are clean and there is a good sized functional ...
Hotel
La Paz, Mexico

Motel Coronado

In the same place as the Motel America but slightly more rundown from the outside, this spot fills up because it is a good budget option. Rooms, located around the carpark on two levels, are fine and ...
Hotel
Ensenada, Mexico

Corona Plaza Hotel Rosarito

Looks can be deceiving. The outside of the Corona Plaza Hotel Rosarito looks so elegant - it's located on the beach a few steps from the water, and you can hear the ocean. It is just a couple of ...
Hotel
Mexico

Ocean Adventures Lodging

137284Ocean Adventure Lodge is completely private and not accessible to the general public. Located near the public market, it's a total getaway trip! Real friendly owners Len and Remy will make your trip ...
All-inclusive Resort Lodge
La Paz Public Market , La Paz, Mexico
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