Aerial view of Land's End and El Arco, Baja California

Things to do in  Baja California

Venture south of the border

The second-longest peninsula on Earth, Baja California is an explorer’s wonderland, and you’ll find plenty of things to do whether you’re looking to post up at a Los Cabos resort or chase the state’s best surf breaks. Desert landscape beckons at the edge of every town, while UNESCO-listed rock art sites line the Sierra de San Francisco. Leave dry land to find Baja’s most vivid wonders, with opportunities to snorkel, dive, fish, and paddle its two long coasts. From December through April, the peninsula offers a front-row seat for watching the annual migration of gray whales to warm, sheltered Pacific coast lagoons.

Top 4 attractions in Baja California

La Bufadora

With its thunderous crash and sky-high jet of water, La Bufadora blowhole—a grey whale turned to stone, according to local legend—is one of the world’s largest marine geysers and an easy trip from nearby Ensenada. Prepare to get drenched as you watch from the surrounding viewpoints as the saltwater squirts up to 100 feet (30 meters) into the air.More

Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California)

The Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California) lies between the Baja California Peninsula and mainland Mexico. This stretch of the Pacific, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most diverse seas in the world and home to more than 3,000 marine species, including hammerhead sharks, sea lions, and sea turtles.More

Rosarito Beach

Rosarito Beach is a Mexican resort town that’s about 30 minutes south of San Diego. Known for its beaches and nightlife, Rosarito’s close proximity to the border makes it a popular destination for US visitors and retirees. Hollywood is fond of the area, too. A number of films, includingTitanic andPearl Harbor, were filmed in Rosarito.More

Sierra de la Laguna

Cabo San Lucas may be known for its beaches, but the seaside town also offers adventure options that involve more land than sea. The Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, with its abundant oak and pine forests, is a rugged escape for those looking to explore the great outdoors. The Tropic of Cancer dissects the range; in other words, the area is tropical, but its elevation helps keep it relatively cool.More
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All about Baja California

When to visit

Warm, sunny weather from November through May makes this time of year the high season for all of Baja California. Resort areas are busiest during the Christmas and Easter holidays, and the sometimes-raucous party scene peaks during the February–March “spring break” weeks when crowds of university students visit from the United States. Gray whales can be spotted between December and April, with the highest numbers visible in January and February.

Getting around

Baja California’s main airport is Los Cabos International Airport, with smaller airports in La Paz, Tijuana, and other towns. While buses link those hubs to most major tourist destinations, renting a car is great for reaching further-flung places. If you’re driving your own car or renting upon arrival, getting Mexican car insurance offers peace of mind. It’s also possible to travel to mainland Mexico via car ferries that make frequent overnight trips between La Paz and Mazatlán or Topolobampo.

Traveler tips

While dining out, wine lovers should search the menu for local vintages, because Baja is earning an international reputation for its Valle de Guadalupe wineries. The biggest wine-making communities there are San Antonio de las Minas, Francisco Zarco, and El Porvenir, where many wineries have tasting rooms that are open to the public. Valle de Guadalupe wines are growing more diverse, but the most popular grapes are still cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo, sauvignon blanc, and chenin blanc.

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People Also Ask

What is Baja California known for?

Baja California is known for trips to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea. Beautiful beaches and great scuba diving bring travelers to Los Cabos, the region’s top tourist destination, but there are endless ways to enjoy the shoreline. Visitors find opportunities for whale watching, surfing, snorkeling, and fishing across the region.

Is Baja California worth going to?

Yes, Baja California is worth visiting. With everything from laid-back surf towns to glitzy seaside resorts, the world’s second-largest peninsula caters to all kinds of travelers. In between Tijuana and Los Cabos lie arid mountains, fishing villages, taco stands, and endless hammock-strung beaches ideal for catching Baja’s spectacular sunsets.

What is the best time of year to visit Baja?

Travelers enjoy mild, sunny weather from November through April, which are among the best times to visit Baja California. Gray whales begin to arrive on the Pacific coast by late December, but whale watchers can maximize their odds of spotting big pods by booking their trips in January or February.

What are the top 3 cities in Baja California?

Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ensenada are the three biggest cities in Baja California, but they’re not necessarily the top tourist destinations. With gorgeous seaside scenery, Los Cabos is the most popular resort town. Northern Baja’s Ensenada is a beloved option for parties and beaches, while Tijuana is the up-and-coming cultural hotspot.

What is the most beautiful town in Baja California?

Some of Mexico’s prettiest towns are called “Pueblos Mágicos,” or Magical Towns. Baja’s Pueblo Mágico is Tecate, a border community located at the start of Baja’s wine route. It’s easy to see the magic in Tecate, a laid-back spot with desert ranches, hiking trails, rock art, and a tree-shaded plaza.

Why is Baja famous?

Baja is famous for its gorgeous marine life. Snorkeling and scuba diving reveal a vibrant undersea world, with most sites located in the Gulf of California. Each year between December and April, pods of gray whales arrive in the Pacific coast’s San Ignacio Lagoon (Laguna San Ignacio), Laguna Ojo de Liebre, and Magdalena Bay (Bahía Magdalena).

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