Baja California is a fascinating part of the world. A little finger of land removed from the rest of Mexico, it has developed its own unique character and energy. Sparsely populated and underexplored, there’s a touch of the old Wild West here, a comparison only strengthened by the dramatic landscapes of rocky deserts and rugged mountains that stand in stark contrast to the glittering azure blue seas surrounding the peninsula.
The gorgeous contrasts of the peninsula make Baja California the perfect vacation destination. With a wonderful climate, breathtaking scenery and stunning cuisine, it ticks all the boxes and is well worth exploring. If you are taking a cruise and embarking from Ensenada by the sea, don’t miss the chance to explore this amazing corner of Mexico in all its rich, beautiful detail.
What to do
Baja California is full of amazing experiences, and wherever you visit you’ll find amazing things to do. Just outside of Ensenada is the lush, beautiful Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s answer to the Napa Valley. Take the opportunity to explore this picturesque region with a wine tasting tour, and discover why Mexico’s wines are being talked about as some of the best in the world.
Baja California is one of the best places in Mexico to hit the road and take a mini road trip. The famous and iconic Highway One runs the length of the peninsula from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas, and driving down this scenic route is one of the best ways of getting under the skin of this part of the world.
What to see
When it comes to sights, Baja California is all about what’s under the water. The marine life that inhabits the seas and oceans around this fascinating peninsula is truly astounding, from dolphins and whales in the Pacific to every color of fish under the sun in the Sea of Cortez, described as ‘the world’s aquarium’ by Jacques Cousteau.
Swim with whale sharks in La Paz, watch gray whales dance around your boat in Loreto, and get up close and personal with humpbacks in Los Cabos. Head to Cabo Pulmo, the oldest coral reef on the west coast of North America, and discover a genuinely mind altering array of sea life, from dolphins and sea lions to groupers and starfish, and everything in between.
What to eat
Seafood! Surrounded on three sides by seas and oceans, Baja California’s cuisine is dominated by the rich blessings of the sea. An astonishing variety of fish tacos abounds in every town, village and little roadside stand, and this is probably the best place in Mexico to eat lobster. Blue shrimp in San Felipe is considered a local delicacy, while salicornia, a kind of sea asparagus from the Bay of San Blas, is a fascinating discovery.
While Baja California is best known for its wines, it has a pretty exciting craft beer scene too. The Baja Brewing Company in Cabo San Lucas serves up some of the best artisanal beverages in the whole country, while other brewers like Bosiger, Cervecería Insurgente and The Old Mission Brewery are making Baja California one of the most exciting places to be for craft beer lovers.