Baja California, the world’s third longest peninsula

Baja California, and Baja California Sur, two states that contain a wide range of natural beauty, a rich diversity of wildlife and varied histories.

With a total of 56,017 square miles, Baja is about one-third the size of the U.S. state of California.

The peninsula extends 1,247 kilometres (775 mi) from Mexicali, Baja California in the north, to Cabo San Lucas, and it is the third longest in the World.

From the migration of the gray whales and the giant sea turtles, to the sea lion colonies and hidden underwater civilizations, Baja California is home to unique wildlife that is effortlessly accessible. The rich colonial history of Baja contains some of México’s first Spanish missions. Pre-Columbian civilizations offer remnants of cave paintings that provide a unique glimpse into more recent times and the ancient pasts of Baja California.

 

Highlights:

  • Northern Baja– Home of rugged topography, surreal landscape, outstanding natural geography, and amazing wildlife species.
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La Giganta
  • Whale Lagoons – One of the world’s premier spots to go whale watching. Baja contains numerous bays and islands that act as barriers against natural predators, allowing for intimate viewing and a protected setting for both the whales and their observers.
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Whale Lagoon
  • Loreto – Located on the Sea of Cortez, Loreto is a great location to begin whale-watching tours across the peninsula in Magdalena Bay or to launch a diving expedition in the Sea of Cortez.
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Loreto, Baja California
  • Los Cabos – Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo – This area has become a mecca for sport fishing and golf – or just a weekend getaway. Luxury resorts pepper the area and offer great locations to embark on activities ranging from hiking, mountain biking, and whale watching to sea kayaking, surfing, dining out, and relaxing on numerous secluded beaches.
The arch at the tip of Cabo San Lucas (Photo: Google)
The arch at the tip of Cabo San Lucas (Photo: Google)
  • La Paz – The first European outpost was set up in Baja, and the peninsula was the location of the first mission in Mexico. The fine colonial buildings and beautiful beaches are complimented by spectacular sunsets and great cuisine.
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La Paz, Baja California Sur
  • Todos Santos– A small town populated by artists and ex-pats, the quaint an friendly atmosphere accompanies the large waves and laid back approach to life. Located on the Pacific side of Baja, Todos Santos houses many art galleries, cafes, and quaint restaurants, making it the bohemian capital of Baja.
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Todos Santos

Source: journeymexico.com

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