Baja Peninsula in Mexico is a much sought-after beach escape for both, Mexican as
well as American tourists. Sun worshippers, surfers and paddlers throng to the major
tourist centers in Baja - Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada, La Paz and the Los Cabos
area to enjoy the spectacular beaches of this region. Any beach junkie will tell
you that there is nothing quite like vacationing in Baja California.
Folded away into the curve of Todo Santos Bay and south of the noisy tourist spots
of Mexicalli and Tijuana, is the sleek port city of Ensenada. Adorned with magnificent
beaches, the city of Ensenada is just a short drive away from the US border. Located
just north of the city centre is Playa San Miguel - a long golden strip that proudly
claims to be the most challenging surfing spot in Baja. Fine golden sands, clear
waters and consistent waves draw swimmers, snorkelers and paddlers to Playa San
Miguel. With numerous shops and restaurants nearby, the beach tends to get crowded
on weekends but is big enough for you to still be able to find your own slice of
sand and sun.
Playa Estero is a good bet if you wish to escape the surfing crowd and enjoy some
swimming, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and horse-riding. It’s also a great spot
to indulge in some lazing around in the sugary sands while watching the dolphins
and sea lions.
Mulege And Punta Concepcion
South of the coastline of the Sea of Cortez is a spur of land known as Punta Concepcion.
This peninsula protrudes into the Sea of Cortez to create the Bahia Concepcion.
Mulege is an enchanting little fishing village located on the Bahia Concepcion.
Southwards from Mulege, the curve of Todo Santos Bay is dotted with 50 miles of
uncongested, pure beaches. A few minutes away from Mulege is Playa Farito, a 2-mile
long strip covered with rocks. The beaches along the Bahia Coyote area, such as
Playa Santispac and Playa Arena present beautiful sights of uninhabited islands
located away from the shoreline. These beaches are most popularly known for activities
like kayaking, snorkeling and fishing but simply kicking back and enjoying your
drink is also not a bad idea.
With miles of coastline along the Gulf of California, La Paz, Mexico, is an excellent
place for a beach vacation. From isolated spots along the bay known as Bahia de
La Paz to the crowded beaches along the Malecon, La Paz offers a mixed bag of scenes
ideal for swimming, sunning and snorkeling.
With an authentic Mexican vibe, La Paz is the embarking point for kayaking tours,
whale watching and fishing in the Sea of Cortez. When the conditions are apt, the
areas beaches provide some first-class opportunities for surfing and windsurfing.
About 15 miles away is Playa Balandra – the area’s best snorkeling beach. With much
lesser crowds, this beach is home to marine life such as clams, anemones and starfish.
Further away are a number of small and surprisingly remote beaches like Playa Coromuel
and Playa Caimancito. Further north is Playa Tecolote, a wide sandy beach that offers
heavenly views of Isla Espiritu Santo's golden canyons.
The area from San Jose del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas is jointly known as "Los Cabos."
Huddled with tourists and buildings, Los Cabos still manages to offer some world-class
When the tide is right, Playa Costa Azul (south of San Jose) and Playa Acapulquito
are great places to go surfing. Further south is Playa Chileno, a beach best known
for its snorkeling, swimming and freshwater showers! One of the most popular beaches
of the area is Playa Santa Maria. Positioned on a sheltered cove with a reef that
is brimming with marine life, this beach is famous for snorkeling, swimming and
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