Baja California Holidays: An Overview

The Baja Peninsula, high on Mexico's north-western tip and just south of San Diego and Los Angeles, is separated from the Mexican mainland by more than the Sea of Cortez.

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  • The waters of the Sea of Cortez are teeming with marine wildlife; you can time your visit to coincide with the annual migration of the gray whales to and from Alaska, and the area is also fantastic for spotting giant sea turtles and huge sea lion colonies

Luxury Holidays to Baja California: The Detail

Due to its proximity with the United States, it is an extremely popular luxury holiday destination for North Americans, and has absorbed a large cultural influence accordingly. In addition, the landscape, flora and fauna are very different from most parts of the mainland.

One of Baja's main luxury holiday draws is its beautiful landscapes where the desert meets the sea, and the accompanying climate, which delivers near-constant sunshine, low humidity and sea breezes that keep the temperature from getting too hot. This provides ideal conditions for all kinds of onshore and aquatic activities.

We recommend Baja's southern state, where diverse holiday options are available; from luxurious coastal hotels in the upmarket Los Cabos region at the southernmost tip, to more adventurous sea kayaking and camping itineraries. A combination of the two works well.

Luxury resorts pepper the beautiful desert landscape around San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and if you can tear yourself away from the pampering in your hotel, sporting activities inland include horse riding, tennis or a round at one of the championship golf courses. Other options include desert excursions and hiking or mountain biking in the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range.

Between the large waves of the Pacific Coast (ideal for surfing but not so good for swimming) and the protected waters of the Sea of Cortez, where sea kayaking is very popular, there is plenty to keep you busy.


Top picks for Baja California

Posada de las Flores

Posada de las Flores

Baja California

Posada de las Flores is located in Punta Chivato, surrounded by acres of their own land which overlooks the sea.

Where to stay

The swimming pool at Hotel Guaycura, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hotel Guaycura

Baja California

Hotel Guaycura is the best place in Todos Santos, a lovely little town with a relaxed feel, lots of galleries and little artisan shops.

Where to stay

Isla Espiritu Santo

Camping on Espiritu Santo Island

Baja California

This is a great place for those looking for an outdoor adventure, as it is likely to remain undeveloped having been sold to the Mexican government in 2003.

What to do

Surf Mexico

Surfing lessons at Los Cerritos Beach

Baja California

Surfing lessons at Los Cerritos Beach is a great place for both surf aficionados and those who want to try their hand at it.

What to do

Aerial view of Capella Pedregal, luxury hotel in Mexico

The Resort at Pedregal

Baja California

If it's privacy you're after, this is the place to stay in the area thanks to a huge piece of rock standing between the road and this excellent hotel near Cabo San Lucas.

Where to stay

Esperanza

Esperanza

Baja California

Esperanza is a luxury beach resort located four miles from Cabo San Lucas at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.

Where to stay

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