Playa Balandra, Baja California Sur, México
Photo by Paulina Figueroa
Playa Balandra Playa Balandra, one of Baja California Sur’s most beloved beaches, is just a 45-minute scenic drive from La Paz. The spartan landscape focuses the eye on the turquoise sea with its gentle waves. The calm waters are a pleasure to paddle board and kayak or, of course, to just wade into. Look for one of the area's best photo opps: the Hongo de Balandra, a mushroom-shaped rock formation at the opposite end of the beach. Services are at a minimum here so bring an umbrella if you burn easily.