One Week in Baja California Sur
Collected by Catherine Craddock-Carrillo, AFAR Local Expert
A land of contrasts, Baja California Sur has both lonesome desert landscapes dotted with date palms and deserted missions and the raucously popular beach resort towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, collectively known as "Los Cabos." The variety of things to do is just as striking: whale watching, snorkeling with whale sharks, sailing, and discovering deserted coves and beaches are just a few of the adventures that await you in Baja California Sur.
Carretera a Pichilingue km 5.5 next to Hotel La Concha, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
"“Aeeeeiiiiiiiiii”, Shauna shrieked, splashing heavily trying to flee the boulder-sized head coming at her. Her stunned scream set off a chain reaction of fear throughout the group – four of us swished about, creating waves in the green, cold...
Isla del Espiritu Santo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
While sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, we took time out from snorkeling with the sea lyons, spotting manta rays and whales and just cruising, to spend a bit of time in our base camp on an inlet on the north west side of Isla Espiritu Santo. I...
Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The ocean churns as a 36-ton mammal swims up to the boat. With your arm plunged into the cool water, you await the touch of a California gray whale. Like a house cat craving a scratch on the head, the whale pushes its rubbery skin, rough with...
Colina Baja, Colinas del Valle, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The most rugged, sketchy roads always seem to lead to the best surf breaks. This photo captures the early morning drive over the hill to Cerritos beach in Baja Mexico. Down below I discovered perfect, glassy rights and only a few early risers in...
Calle Álvaro Obregón 23300, Centro, Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico
This abacus-inspired device tracks how many beers you take from the honor bar located next to the rooftop jacuzzi at Casa Tota (www.hotelcasatota.com). Located in the heart of Todos Santos, this new hotel is outrageously affordable (rooms start at...
Calle Madero 1240, Zona Central, 23300 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
In 2013, adventure company Todos Aventura (now known as The Hub) opened 15 miles of amazing mountain bike trails over dunes and around cacti and through dreamlike landscapes. Nothing beats a few hours of this kind of kickin' around right before...
Calle Legaspi esquina Topete S/N, Centro, 23300 Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico
Come to the Guayacura Hotel's rooftop bar (Todos Santos), take in the view, and order the Margarita Limón as well as the Margarita Mango. Share both with a friend. Not only are they the best in town, the mix of salt and sweet is over the top! A...
California, 23060 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
A short flight from Southern California will put you within striking distance of gorgeous Playa El Tecolote. Even though we were there for Semana Santa (Holy Week), you can see for yourself that the crowds were light. Locals say this is what to...
In February, off the coast of Southern Baja at Todos Santos, the setting sun turned the beach into an artist's palette of pastels after a day of whale-viewing at the steep shore. The hulking creatures came so close to the shoreline that my...
Carretera Diaz Ordaz al Observatorio Km 84, 22795 Ejido México, B.C., Mexico
Coming upon a dolphin in the wild is a special kind of thrill. But in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, what Cousteau called "The Aquarium of the World," you have the chance to sail among hundreds or even thousands of common dolphins. These rich seas are...
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Las Ventanas al Paraíso represents the epitome of luxury, with gorgeous, gigantic rooms featuring traditional crafts, handmade mosaic headboards, and classy furniture and accents. Balcony railings are awash in pink blossoms of...
He and his guys are the best instructors on the beach. Make sure you head to the blue umbrellas midway down to the water . They will be sitting there with about 6 dogs lounging between the boards. Mario will provide everything you need to get rad....
Blvd. Paseo de la Marina Dock M slip 14, Centro, Marina, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
There are lots of ways to get out on the water to tour the rocks and beaches along the tip of the Baja Peninsula—party cruises, whale watching boats, tour groups—you’ve seen a million pictures of them, but splurge a little and just charter your...
Los Cabos, Lote D, Cabo Del Sol, 23410 Cd Gral Escobedo, N.L., Mexico
At the end of April I took my family of five camping on Baja California Sur’s Magdalena Bay. We joined the good folks at Grupo Tortuguero in their community and sea turtle conservation project – the information gathered provides data on health,...
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