The peninsula of Baja California is a paradise situated at the westernmost point of México. Geographically speaking, Baja California is a unique and interesting place to see and visit. It is situated between two large bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortezto the east. Throughout the entire length of the peninsula of Baja California runs a series of coastal mountain ranges which, along with the beaches and deserts of Baja California, make up the peninsula's land region.
The diversity of environmental regions in Baja California, combined with its pleasant Mediterranean climate, opens up the doors for many recreational activities that travelers, visitors, locals, tourists and vacationers will enjoy. From Tijuana to Los Cabos, Baja California has a myriad of activities for people of all ages and lifestyles. Whether you live life on the go or like to bask in the sun, Baja California can help you spend your vacation or your life the way you want.
Water sports aplenty are available in Baja California. There are beaches, marinas, harbors and bays to be found all around the Baja California peninsula, and swimming is an activity many people enjoy in Baja California's finest, white sand beaches. Another water sport that thousands come to Baja California every year to experience is sports fishing. With two very abundant and large bodies of water found on either side of the peninsula, it comes as no surprise that Baja California offers some of the most spectacular fishing in the world. Check out one of these areas and pick your favorite spot:
Snorkeling and scuba diving are also very popular among tourists. There are very few places in the whole planet where you can dive and swim along colonies of hammerhead sharks or gigantic yet gentle whale sharks and humpback whales. Because of the rich marine bio-diversity in the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the interesting underwater landscapes found beyond Baja California's shores, both diving experts and amateurs can enjoy their Baja California diving experience.
This is only the beginning. Other water sports and seaside recreational activities that you can do in Baja include:
If you don’t want to be directly in the water, rent a horse and ride along the beach at dawn or sunset. This is truly an experience not to be missed.
Due to the long strip of mountain ranges found in the peninsula of Baja California, activities such as mountain biking, trekking, hiking and camping are popular recreational activities along Baja California mountain ranges. Some very well known mountain ranges in the Baja California peninsula are the Sierra de la Giganta and Sierra de la Laguna. These mountain ranges have different environmental regions within them. You can find cool pine forests, dry mountain forests and desert mountain regions. Throughout this region you can find ancient sites with hieroglyphs and cave paintings. You can even start in Loreto and tour the Missions of Baja all the way to the border in Tijuana.
Deserts in Baja California also offer several recreational activities. Desert biking is a famous sport in Baja and there are plenty of annual biking competitions and events held here. There are also some ranches found along Baja California desert regions where you can go horseback riding, touring and ATV (all terrain vehicle) racing. Look for the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 off road event in Ensenada and the Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Race. They will satisfy either your desire to participate or just observe.
If you love to golf Baja California can offer you some of the finest courses anywhere. More courses are being built every year by the best architects. Visit Bajamar, the “Pebble Beach of Baja” near Ensenadaor one of the many courses in Los Cabos such as El Dorado, Palmilla or Cabo Real. The courses are well maintained and easy to get to.
And even within the large cities and small towns of Baja California, there is always an enjoyable distraction to find. Tours are popular among vacationers and visitors. Old Spanish missions, cathedrals, museums, cave paintings and other historically and culturally significant sites are commonly part of these tours.
Shopping is a most engaging activity in Baja California, not just because of the very low prices but also because of the wide variety of choices there are to find.
For more information on Baja, please contact Your Baja Connection. We live and work in Baja and can share wonderful experiences with you.
Your Baja Connection Team