Book a hotel in Southern Baja California: a natural paradise. Drive through the desert and marvel at the landscape: you’ll feel like you are in a Wild West movie! Get to a beach and partake in any number of splendid seaside activities. Or paddle through the mangroves and get up close and personal with all manner of wildlife and bird species. Baja California Sur includes one of the American continent’s largest protected areas – the El Vizcaino reserve that covers nearly 20,000 square miles of territory. There’s more than just nature – Sierra de San Francisco holds some amazing rock paintings which have been well-preserved and provide a wealth of archaeological information. With small towns and resorts dotting the countryside, the atmosphere in Baja California Sur makes it one of Mexico’s most laid-back places.
Loreto — Magic Town, as Mexicans call Loreto, is a fantastic mix of nature and culture, with festivals galore to keep you entertained. When the music and dancing are over, head back to your Loreto hotel before waking up bright and ready to check out the archipelago of islands off the Sea of Cortez coast, and the national marine park with its teeming sealife.
Los Cabos — The twin towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are linked by a corridor of beach resorts stretched along the coastline in the Sea of Cortez. Go fishing, relax on the beach, swim, snorkel, scuba or surf. If golf is your thing, the abundance of golf courses is sure to test your skills. John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and Bing Crosby all booked luxury hotels in Los Cabos – for a very good reason.
Comondu — The Place of Giants is a sprawling district with mangroves in the coastal lagoons, stunning desert vistas and fabulous wildlife. The relaxed, slow pace of life here makes it perfect for a relaxing getaway in a quiet hotel.
La Paz — John Steinbeck immortalised this town in his novel ‘The Pearl’, so join the legions of visitors who relax on the beach with a copy to understand how this relaxed beachfront town is the way it is. Whale-watching, fishing and boat tours are great ways to while away the time in this delightful destination.
It’s possible to see part of the site of Sierra de San Francisco and see the 10,000 year old rock art for yourself, although the rough terrain means a certain level of fitness is required, even if you make the trip on muleback. El Vizcaino reserve makes a wonderful place to explore which you can either do on a tour or independently. Check out the picturesque towns of Loreto and La Paz, where you can catch some sunshine on the beachfront esplanades.
The list of water-based activities is endless, as are the beaches. Snorkelling, diving, and whale-watching are all on offer in this natural aquarium, as well as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Away from the sand and resorts, you can try kayaking and canoeing around the mangroves. For the best food in Baja, head to La Paz where you’ll discover a surprisingly international range of flavours due to the large expat community. There’s golf in the Los Cabos resorts and sport fishing in the ocean. To really get a feel for the desert, take a camel tour or join an off-road quad-bike trip. Follow the path of the Spanish missionaries as they explored the Americas, leaving some charming churches in their wake.