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Mexico: Baja California

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Baja is that knobbly finger of desert stretching 1,300km south from California, separated from the Mexican mainland by the Sea of Cortés. Arid, sun-scorched and cut through by canyons, it is sparsely populated: the interior is peppered with colonial Jesuit missions and cave paintings, but it’s the southern coast, with its chalk-white sand beaches and translucent aquamarine seas, which attracts most of the visitors. The attractive Gulf coast colonial town of Loreto is unspoilt and a great holiday base, as is La Paz.

With between 300-360 days of sunshine per year it’s a magnet for winter holidays. It’s during this season too that grey and humpback whales congregate to breed in the lagoons here.
 

Our holidays to Baja California

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Baja California

Cruise the Sea of Cortez

Private journey

14 days from £5,449pp

Kayaking in Baja Mexico

Active Mexico: Camping and kayaking in Baja California

Private journey

11 days from £1,890pp

Ride the Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon Railway and Baja Coast

Private journey

9 days from £2,091pp

Things to do in Baja California

Kayaks

Multi-day Mexican kayaking adventure

Whale watchers

Whale watching in Mexico


Our insider tips for Baja California

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

The jade waters around protected Espíritu Santo Island, and a night sky of a zillion stars. 

Alex Walker

Alexandra Walker

Inquisitive grey whale and her baby spyhopping beside the tiny boats. 

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Becoming part of the underwater community by swimming with frolicking sea-lions, whale sharks, rays and pelicans.
Ben Line

Ben Line

Snorkelling and scuba dive in the Sea of Cortés, nature’s greatest aquarium: witness underwater the drama of a cormorant hunting in a teeming shoal of sardines.

What our experts say

While it's true that the southern tip of Baja California is a magnet for spring breakers and ex-Pats from the US, there are plenty of unspoilt little towns to visit such as colonial Loreto and the interior of the peninsula is as remote as you can find anywhere with tiny isolated farms at the end of dirt tracks. The peninsula towns are also a magnet for artists and there are many galleries and craftshops. As I did, combine exploring these with time on the beach, whale-watching and kayaking and you have a fully rounded holiday.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

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