Baja California is 27,071 square miles of gorgeous land. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, to the south is Baja California Sur and to the east is the Gulf of California, commonly called the Sea of Cortez. Baja is the perfect destination for a beach vacation.
Baja California: Fun For The Whole Family
The whole family will enjoy Baja’s beautiful cave paintings found throughout the region’s mountains. Equip everyone with a camera or camcorder to record these treasures so that they can last a lifetime. The kids will love Baja’s tasty fish tacos and Mexicali’s Chinese restaurants. Adults will enjoy Baja’s Tecate Brewery, found in the mountains on Highway 2 between Mexicali and Tijuana.
While you are in Baja, you have to check out the local wineries. The land’s fertile soil, perfect climate and optimal altitude create excellent conditions for grape growth. The region produces some of the best wines in the world. Locals take advantage by enjoying wine during all sorts of events, family gatherings and every meal after breakfast – so hey – when in Baja, right?
Be sure to tour the Wine Route in Ensenada where you’ll find intimate wineries owned by families as well as larger wineries that export bottles across the world. The Route is dotted with camping sites, gourmet restaurants, museums, wine boutiques, ranches and art galleries. You could easily spend a couple days checking out this area of Baja. It is especially attractive to honeymooners and couples in search of a weekend escape.
The Ideal Beach Vacation in California
A large part of Baja’s appeal is its amazing beaches. The eastern side of Baja is favored by locals thanks to its peaceful waters and luscious sand. Vacationers particularly love the beaches on Cabo San Lucas. If you are looking to surf, head on over to the western side where you’ll catch some serious waves. There’s also enormous sand dunes, cacti, dormant volcanoes and mountains in the southern and central sections of Baja.
Baja’s waters are home to great whale species like the Orca, Bryde’s, Sperm, Blue and Fin. Many claim that Baja is host to more whales and dolphin species than any other area on the planet. So, bring a (waterproof!) camera when you head out on the water. You never know what you’ll see.
Guadalupe Island features the super cool great white shark cage that entertains swimmers, free divers, snorkelers and scuba divers. There’s also hammerhead schools above a seamount by La Paz. Charter boats are available and there’s several dive shops to equip scuba divers with air tanks, flippers, masks and more.
Don’t leave Baja without taking a camping style kayak tour of Loreto Marine National Park‘s wilderness islands. You can also catch a diverse group of fish in Cabo San Lucas like wahoo, dorado, roosterfish, marlin and sailfish.
Where to Stay
When looking for accommodation in Baja California, the best option is a vacation rental where you can kick back and feel at home while enjoying the beauty around you. Check out some great accommodation options here.