Making the Most of a Trip to Baja California

Photo of Baja California, Mexico by Dixie Somers

Jutting into the Pacific Ocean, the Baja California peninsula is one of the favorite vacation destinations for Americans on the West Coast. Whether you’re looking to party hard, explore the stunning natural scenery, pamper yourself at a luxury spa, or eat some fabulous Mexican cuisine, you’re sure to find a way to enjoy yourself in Baja California. In this article, we’ll go over a few tips all first-time travelers to Baja California could use to plan the best vacation imaginable.

Get Acquainted with Los Cabos

The one area of Baja California every tourist should study before traveling is the southern municipality of Los Cabos. Not only will you most likely fly into Los Cabos International Airport (IATA: SJD), you’ll probably end up making this area your home base. The Los Cabos municipality has one of the best travel infrastructures in all of Mexico. People in this region have a great deal of experience helping tourists, so you’ll never feel lost as you’re traveling around. Since it’s building itself up as one of the tourist meccas of Mexico, you’d better believe Los Cabos resorts are some of the finest in the nation. Some big-name resorts in Los Cabos include Hyatt, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, and Riu Palace. Just a few popular activities people like to do in Los Cabos include sailing, fishing, snorkeling, golfing, ATV riding, fine dining, and, of course, relaxing on the beach. Yep, if you can dream it, Los Cabos can supply you with it!

Just so you’re aware, Los Cabos includes San Jose del Cabo (aka “Old Town”) and Cabo San Lucas (aka “Main Town”). The highway connecting these two areas is called “The Corridor.”

Day Trip to La Paz

La Paz is another southern city in Baja California that’s a two-hour drive away from Los Cabos. Most tourists overlook this coastal city on the Gulf of California, and that’s really a shame. La Paz may not be as built up as Los Cabos, but it certainly has a great deal to offer tourists willing to give it a chance. Probably the top tourist draw in La Paz is taking a boat ride to nearby islands like Isla Espirito Santo and Isla Ceralvo. There are also many pristine beaches in and around La Paz such as Pichilingue, Playa El Tesoro, and Balandra. If you’re looking to get away from the maddening crowds of Los Cabos, be sure to add a trip to La Paz into your itinerary.

Best Cities for Whale Watching

One of the most famous annual events in Baja California is the grey whale migration. Thousands of tourists descend upon central cities like Laguna Ojo de Liebre, San Ignacio, or Laguna Guerrero Negro to catch a glimpse of the mighty grey whales. Just so you know, migration season is between December and April. If you’re planning on visiting any of these cities during migration season, try to book your rooms well in advance.

Final Tips before Traveling to Baja California

As you might expect, most tourists flock to Baja California in the wintertime to flee the frigid temps up north. Baja California’s official high season is between November and February. Anyone traveling between these two months should definitely expect crowds of tourists in hotspots like Los Cabos resorts. Temperatures around Baja California are usually around 70°F and 80°F, so pack accordingly.

We’ve only scratched the surface of touring Baja California, but hopefully the above tips have helped to spark your curiosity in the region. Once you arrive in this magical land, you’ll understand why increasing numbers of American retirees have decided to live out their golden years here. It’s not just the enchanting scenery that captivates guests (although that helps!); a major reason tourists keep coming back to Baja California is because of the warmth and hospitality of the locals. No matter what you’re into, you deserve to travel to Baja California at least once in your life.

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