Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Experience Baja Sur with RED Sustainable TravelMagdalena Bay, or Bahia Magdalena, is the home to prolific marine life, including migratory whales, sea turtles, dolphins, fish and birds. Filled with sprawling groves of mangroves trees that serve as protection to the area's wildlife, it is a special place and landscape, also bordered by striking, towering sand dunes. On an expedition with RED Sustainable Travel, a company that focuses not only on protecting the landscape, but enhancing it, we arrived in a boat to our first stop, a lunch site on the base of the sand dunes. We had fresh ceviche topped with creamy avocados, and before heading out in the kayaks to make our way through the bay to RED's base camp, we climbed the dunes and took in the view. RED's camp is thoughtfully set up to protect the area's landscape, with comfortable tent camping (complete with well-made cots inside), environmentally sound bathroom facilities, and what every campsite needs to have: a good campfire circle. With up close and personal interactions with sea turtles, followed by sunset drinks on expansive beach that we had all to ourselves, an incredible dinner of shrimp that were sustainably caught, and an evening under the stars, this is a way to get out in nature and experience the stunning beauty that Baja has to offer -- and, in a way that makes you feel good about spending your tourism dollars.