Baja California Peninsula is separated from the Mexican mainland by The Sea of Cortes. It has a coastline of approximately 2500 miles with the unique contrast between intense ocean-blue water and arid desert landscapes. The beaches located over the Sea of Cortes tend to be less rocky and with more sand than the ones on the Pacific Coast side, which are a hot spot for surfing in Mexico.
In the central and southern region of Baja California there are extremely desolate deserts with large sand dunes. This landscape also offers mountains, volcanoes and different species of cactus.
The Sea of Cortes is home of a wide variety of marine life which you can explore on specific tours. Baja California is a top beach destination and a must for those who travel to Mexico. The most popular beaches of this area are Ensenada, La Paz, Loreto and Los Cabos.
Ensenada is very close to the border with the United States, which makes it a natural destination for U.S tourist on their short vacations to Mexico. This city is also an important commercial and fishing port of Baja California, as well as a cruise ship destination.
Ensenada is well known for its surfing spots, such as San Miguel Beach, California Trailer Park, Stacks and 3 M's. Another world famous surfing spot is Todos los Santos Island. This beautiful small island is only two hours by boat away from Ensenada city.
La Paz is a very safe and attractive city, located on the southern end of the long Peninsula of Baja California on the Sea of Cortes side. It has four marines where several boating events take place. The marines are also in charge of the wildlife conservation; in La Paz you will be able to see colonies of sea lions and dolphins, and once a year you can witness the gray whale’s arrival to the region.
Some of the fascinating beaches of La Paz are still virgins and most of them are surrounded by splendid mountains landscapes. The most popular beach is El Tesoro, which is an ideal place to practice non-motorized water sports in a protected bay with shallow water. There are some islands in the Sea of Cortes which are a very popular destination for a day-visit tour when traveling to Mexico.
Loreto is the oldest city of South Baja California and it has some historic buildings that were built by the first settlers around the 1600. The city is located in a unique spot, surrounded by the Giganta range, the desert and the Sea of Cortes.
The most popular beaches of Loreto are Nopolo, Puerto Escondido and Concepcion Bay, while other beautiful beaches are Juncalito, Ensenada Blanca and Liguí. The waters are characterized for being calm and clear. Loreto is an ideal place to practice a variety of water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and windsurfing. From Loreto you can visit the marvellous front islands of Coronado, Danzantes and La Catalana.
Los Cabos is a charming resort located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. It is an ideal place to spend amazing vacations with both family and friends, enjoying white-sand beaches and mountain’s landscapes. Most of the hotels in Los Cabos are world-class level and offer a pleasant atmosphere, privacy and intimacy. Sport fishing and golf are the main attractions of Los Cabos.
There are three districts in Los Cabos:
• San Jose del Cabo is the “Old Town”, which has the unique contrast between the old Mexico’s charm and some new shining resorts; it is the nearest to the airport.
• Cabo San Lucas is the “Main Town”; it captures the essence of all Baja California with mountain and sea landscapes combined with first class hotels and spa services. Cabo San Lucas is world-recognized for its wild nightlife.
• The Corridor is the highway that connects San Jose del Cabo with Cabo San Lucas; it is characterized for having the best golf courts of the region.
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