Baja California Vacations

A land of immaculate beaches, delectable wine, and panoramic views, Baja California is a prominent Mexican state that is rapidly transcending into tourism oblivion. It comprises of the northern share of Baja California peninsula, the second longest peninsula in the world, stretching from the southern Californian coast to mainland Mexico. Within a limited area, Baja manages to encapsulate remarkable geographic variation with the mystical Sonoran Desert to the east, abundantly vegetated peninsular ranges that run down the center, pristine beaches and gushing rivers. Lying between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California, Baja sports an extended coastline of more than 2,500 miles, peppered with over 100 islands, that offers a multitude of activities, catering to all tastes. Here, one can experience the rush of adrenaline from surfing amidst the wild waters, devour the splendor of the sunset as it meets the radiant sea in bliss, soak the serenity under the canopy of glistening stars in the night sky, or go on an excursion to one of the many tropical islands that lie near the coast. Isla Espíritu Santo, or Holy Spirit Island, is one of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez, within a brief ferry ride from Baja that magnetizes spectators from all around the world to explore the biosphere and take a swim with the majestic sea lions.

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Plaza Náutica
Condo Sleeps 6
Rates 100 - 300 USD
Villa Stein
Villa Sleeps 8
Rates 900 - 1200 USD
Marina Sol Condominiums
Condo Sleeps 6
Rates 100 - 500 EUR
Hacienda Condo
Condo Sleeps 6
Rates 1200 - 1850 USD
Casa Kash
Villa Sleeps 8
Rates 800 - 1600 USD
Club Hotel Cantamar
Condo Sleeps 6
Rates 78 - 220 USD
Gorgeous Beachfront Home
Vacation Home Sleeps 10
Rates 245 - 690 USD
Baja Norte Beachfront Home
Vacation Home Sleeps 6
Rates 160 - 180 USD
El Encanto Inn
Hotel Sleeps 66
Rates 99 - 240 USD
Casa Tranquila
Villa Sleeps 10
Rates 650 - 900 USD
Villa del Faro
Resort Sleeps 20
Rates 150 - 385 USD
El Zalate Condo
Condo Sleeps 5
Rates 200 - 350 USD

Baja California Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Mexico

Baja California Geography

Baja has the world’s second longest peninsula of over 1200km of the ethereal, mystical, untamed, and majestic landscape. This area of Mexico has been a hotspot for many adrenalin junkies where you are able to unveil the unknown around almost every corner. Baja is one of the most unique destinations where visitors can truly relax and enjoy their breath-taking surroundings while being able to experience many adventurist activities.

Baja California is located on the Northern side of Mexico and stretches over 27 636 square miles of land which borders the Pacific Ocean on its west while Arizona, Sonora, and the Gulf of California on its East. Baja California is known as the twelfth largest state of Mexico.

The most popular trees that can be found in the area is the Sugar Pine, Jeffrey Pine, and Pinon Pine. The main wildlife that can be found in the area is the Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Cougar, coyote, Bobcat, Rabbit, Ringtail, more than 30 species of bat and squirrel. The climate of Baja California varies between Arid and Mediterranean. With the winters being cool and rainy and the summers extremely dry and mild. The Californian Current of the cold Pacific Ocean often creates fog layer over the coastline.

Baja California History and Culture

Roughly 11 000 years ago, before the Spaniards arrived, the Baja area was inhabited by 3 ethnic groups called Cochimi (North), Guaycura (central) and Pericu (South). The Cochimi tribe that was located on the mainland were gatherers and hunters that moved around often.
The north was also home to the Paipai, Kiliwa, Kumeyaay, Quechan, and Cocopa who belonged to the Yuman language group. The Kiliwa, Kumeyaay, and Paipai tribes were more established gatherers and hunters on the northwest side of the Baja area but housed larger numbers but moved around less than the Cochimi tribe.

In the 16th century when the Spanish overcame the Mexicans in the mainland, they then started searching towards the West for the mythological island of gold. In 1532 Conquistador Cortes released two fleets of vessels to search for this island and failed at their task. The Europeans reached Baja in 1539 where Francisco de Ulloa explored the east coast of Baja on the Gulf of California. Hernando de Alarcon moved to the lower area of the Colorado River in 1540 while Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo completed the exploration of the west coast in 1542. In 1592 Sebastian Vizcaino took it upon himself to open a supply station for refuge ships on their long Pacific voyage as the trade grew between Mexico and the Philippines. Vizcaino failed at his task as the natives refused for any outsiders to settle on the land. The first successful supply station was established in 1730.

In 1695 the region’s first Spanish settlement was led by a Jesuit priest named Juan Maria Salvatierra. Salvatierra's mission was to become the peninsulas first administrative and religious capital. This mission was a success. It continued to introduce more missions in the area, which added up to 23 over the 70 years that followed.

Baja California Landmarks

• Mission Span Borja:
Mission Span Borja is located in the central desert between the Gulf of California and the Pacific. This mission was founded in 1762 and was one of the most popular centers that converted over 3000 to the European ways. The construction of the huge stone church ended in 1801. The mission was abandoned in 1818 when the population of the natives dropped to only a few hundred.

• Cueva del Raton:
Cueva del Raton is a popular rock marking in one of the most easily accessed caves in San Francisco. Inhabitants first thought it was an image of a rat but it was most likely a drawing of a deer that is being hunted by the tribes that lived in the area.

• San Jose Church:
San Jose Church was constructed between 1532 and 1735 as part of the Saint Aquinas monastery. The church was renamed when it was taken over by the Jesuits how converted it to a monastery in 1865. The first governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de Leon, was buried in the crypt of the church between the years 1559 and 1836 when his remains were transferred to the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. His coat of arms however it still remains located near the altar.

• Museo de la Ballena:
Museo de la Ballena is also known as the whale museum. It first opened its doors in February 2016 with 5 exhibitions with audio-visual displays, models and multilingual explanations regarding the grey whales that breed and live in the local waters. The museum’s aim is to promote the importance of these misunderstood animals.

• Riviera del Pacifico:
Riviera del Pacifico is a Spanish style former casino that opened in 1930. The story behind this old building is that the Al Capone haunts its halls. Today it is used for the Museum de Historia de Ensenada while the local cultural college offers film screenings, classes, and art exhibitions in it.

• Espiritu Santo:
Espiritu Santo is a popular shallow inlet in the cliffs of La Paz. These inlets also form part of the Unesco World Heritage site of the 244 Sea of Cortes coastal areas and islands. This location is very popular among snorkelers and kayakers as the waters are so clear.

• Constitution 1857 National Park:
This national park is located in the Sierra de Juarez pine forest mountain range. This 5009-hectare landscape, with its highest peak that rises 1842 meters above sea level. Visitors will also be able to view bird specialties like the Golden Eagle, Woodpecker, Falcon, Black Vulture, Bald Eagle, Duck, and several species of Sittidae.

• El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve
Baja California is also home to the largest and most diverse wildlife reserve in Mexico, El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, which shelters some of the most spectacular and rare wildlife species ranging from orcas, blue whales, humpbacks and grey whales. Visitors swarm in great numbers to witness the ethereal beauty of Baja California, which makes it a must add to your list of vacation destinations.

• El Boleo:
El Boleo is an 1885 French mining company plant. This mining plant worked with the state of the art equipment under the powerhouse L’usine Electrique until 1954 when their tax exemption expired. The project went bankrupt and shut down.

• La Bufadora
Check out La Bufadora, a blowhole and natural geyser that squirts water 80 feet in the air, near Punta Banda.

• Lands End
Rent a sailboat in Cabo San Lucas and explore the waters around El Arco de Cabo San Lucas also known as Lands End.