Baja California State, Mexico

Baja California is Mexico’s 12th largest state with some of the largest cities being Tijuana, Ensenada and Mexicali, which is also the capital. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other it is no wonder that the beaches are one of the attractions that keep the tourists coming here. Baja California, however, also has forests, deserts, mountains and meadows to explore.

With all these beaches around Baja California is the perfect place to try one of the popular water sports the area is known for such as surfing, kiteboarding and snorkeling. There are several schools, camps and tour companies that take visitors to the best spots in Baja. More activities on the water include deep sea fishing, whale watching, paddle boarding, scuba diving and kayaking.

Beautiful ocean water and rocks near La Bufadora Ensenada, Baja California, MexicoConsider going on an adventure with Sierra Buggies where guests get to drive their own buggy on off-road trails. Explore the Cabo San Lucas Biosphere Reserve which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will drive through dry river beds, along mountain trails and swim in hidden pools. Another fun choice are the tours offered by Baja Buggys. This tour takes visitors through the Mirgrino Valley, past Half Moon Canyon and down to the Pacific Ocean.

Trekkers, peak-baggers and nature walkers will find trails for all levels in Baja California. The Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Preserve has trails that are well-marked, graded and shady. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sierra La Laguna consists of 276,000 acres of unique biodiversity in terms of animal and plant life. Serious hikers head to the highest peak, Picacho de la Laguna at 7,090 feet or Cerro las Casitas at 6,835 feet. While these hikes have trails that are eroded and quite challenging, many of the other trails are perfect for the casual day-hike.

Shopping enthusiasts can find of little of everything in Baja California. Whether you like Mexican folk art, Oaxacan wood carvings, unique jewelry or macramé, it can be found in Baja California. The Vitrofusion Glass Blowing Factory makes items like vases, drinking glasses and glass animals from recycled bottles that are brought in while J&J Habanos is known for tequilas and Cuban cigars. Apparel, souvenirs and leather goods are also good choices in shopping when in Baja California.

More attractions in Baja California include La Vid for wine tasting, La Chinesca lined with stores and cafés and All Saints Island off the coast of Ensenada.



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