With a total of 1,900 miles of coastline, the Baja California Peninsula can be found all the way from Mexicali in the north to Cabo San Lucas in the south of Mexico. In spite of the fact that it is best known for its stunning beaches and desert environment, there are also towering mountains, waterfalls, and an incredible number of animals to be seen both on land and in the water.
These are some of the most breathtaking sites in Baja that you need to add to your bucket list if you’re seeking some of the most intriguing locations with plenty of moments.
The Best Places to Visit in Baja California
We have developed a list of the 10 best places to visit in Baja California, Mexico, based on our travels throughout the peninsula, to make it easier for anyone who is traveling to Baja for the first time, like us, or for those who are returning to Baja.
1. Guadalupe Valley in Mexico
The Valle de Guadalupe is a fresh and hip place to visit in Baja California Norte. It is only a twenty-minute drive outside of Ensenada and is located in Baja California.
Valle de Guadalupe is swiftly becoming the weekend destination of choice for American millennials, thanks to its contemporary eco-resorts that start at just $300 per night, its breathtaking infinity pools that gaze out over the wine valley below, and its wine-tasting tours.
2. The Bay of Los Angeles
You may spend a few relaxing days in Bahia De Los Angeles on the beach, go on a cruise to see whales or go kayaking in the ocean here. It’s a perfect spot to get away from it all. Visitors can experience life “off the grid” at Campo Archelon by renting a palapa (beach hut fashioned out of leaves) right on the water’s edge, camping on the beach, and cooking their own food.
It is a nice holiday area where it is easy to meet your camping neighbors. During the evenings, you can hang out around a fire pit, and during the day, you can play some beach volleyball.
3. The lagoon of Ojo de Liebre
The Ojo de Liebre whale breeding region is one of the more well-known locations in Baja California for whale-watching tours. The bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means that tourists are not allowed to swim in the water.
However, there are lots of other things to enjoy in this bay region, such as camping in the manner of a palapa, taking a stroll on a pier to watch the sunset, and dining at a casual restaurant that is located near the beach.
This bay is a good quiet area to unwind after a whale-watching excursion and stargaze at night because it is located away from any city life and is a nice calm spot.
4. Mulege, Baja California
A little village in Baja California Sur called Mulege can be found tucked away in the surrounding mountains. In spite of the fact that the majority of the terrain in Baja is dry and arid, the town of Mulege is a little oasis that features palm tree groves and a river that runs through it.
5. Bahia de la Concepción, Santispac Bay
If you are in the Baja California Sur region in search of the ideal beach, nothing will make you more thrilled than seeing the turquoise blue seas of Bahia Conception peaking through the mountains on Highway 1 as you approach the bay. This is because Bahia Conception is one of the most beautiful bays in the region.
Loreto is one of the cutest small towns in Baja California Sur, with colorful restaurants, beautiful Spanish-style hotels, and an adorable downtown. The highlight of the downtown area is its plaza, a popular tourist spot for lunch and dinner.
While Loreto Plaza has many amazing restaurants to choose from, it also offers something you don’t find often in Mexico: a local brewery serving cheeseburgers and IPA beers. If you are craving a taste of the US, stop by the El Zopilote brewery to fulfill that craving for a juicy cheeseburger and a hoppy IPA.
7. Todos Santos
Todos Santos is one of the most up-and-coming yet under-the-radar vacation cities in Baja California. Full of outdoor brunch spots, coffee roasters, juice bars, and yoga studios, it is a blissful city with a laid-back, upscale vibe.
The local restaurants are filled with green tropical decorations, creating a jungle-like feeling, and the menu options are plentiful. The downtown area is known for its art galleries and beautiful hotels. If there is one place you should add to your “must-visit” list in Baja California, Todos Santos belongs at the top of that list.
8. Tortugueros Las Playitas
Tortuguero Las Playitas is a beach on the outskirts of Todos Santos, and it’s a known area for rescuing and releasing endangered sea turtles into the ocean. Local volunteers comb the beaches daily for new turtle nests, transport them to a sanctuary for monitoring, and release them into the ocean upon hatching.
We drove to Tortuguero Las Playitas to watch the popular turtle release at sunset, but little did we expect to actually participate in the rescue efforts the next morning. The volunteers at the turtle rescue are super friendly, and will gladly explain more about the process, If you are lucky like us, they will even let you participate in the rescue process.
9. Cerritos Surf Town
If you are looking for a different type of experience, a unique vacation spot in Baja California Sur is Cerritos Surf Town. Filled with unique hotels like the Eco Bungalows and beachfront resorts, this area is a fun place to get away from the busy city life and enjoy a relaxing weekend on the laid-back beach strip.
Surfing schools are located along the beach for those who want to give surfing a shot, but other fun options are also available, like beach-front restaurants and swim-up bars in pools at the local resorts. Day passes to some resorts are available for those who want to come to hang out in this area for the day.
10. Arch of Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas attracts many tourists with its beautiful beaches and fun party scene. But while most people head to Cabo to enjoy a margarita on the beach or go out dancing at night, there are some amazing natural attractions located in Cabo as well.
A clear-boat tour out to the Arch is one of the most popular tourist activities to do in Cabo and costs around $10 USD per person. For travelers that are looking for a fun budget activity, a great hike is located through Mt. Solomar, which leads to both Divorce and Lovers Beaches right around the corner from El Arco.
Baja California stretches south from the United States border all the way down to where it hangs beside the west coast of Mexico. With the Pacific Ocean to the right and the Sea of Cortez to the left, there is plenty of area for the production of wine, natural habitats, intriguing colonial towns, magnificent beaches, and spectacular landscapes that are home to prehistoric cave paintings.