Playa Balandra, Baja California Sur, México
Photo by Paulina Figueroa
Playa Balandra A 45-minute scenic drive from La Paz leads to Playa Balandra, one of Baja California Sur’s most beloved beaches. Amid spartan-desert-meets-turquoise-sea scenery, the waves are shallow and tranquil, a natural for paddle boarding and kayaking as well as stress-free wading. Be sure to spot the Hongo de Balandra, a mushroom-shaped rock formation at the opposite end of the beach, for a Kodak moment or two. In-the-know beachgoers favor a particular vibe at low tide; bring an umbrella if you scorch easily.