Baja California Norte includes Tijuana, Rosarito Beach, Ensenada, Mexicali, and San Felipe. Baja California Sur includes Mulege, Loreto, Bahia Concepcion, La Paz, Todos Santos, San Jose del Cabo, and Cabo San Lucas. The East Cape area on the south east of the peninsula has beautiful unspoiled beaches. The "Baja" features great fishing, surfing, boating, diving, and beaches. Many world class hotels and resorts are located in the south end.
Click on the red dots on the map to the left to see the Baja city pages.
The Baja California peninsula extends 1,100 km from the U.S. border to the southern tip. Its widest point is approx. 230 km. Most of it is separated from mainland Mexico by the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California). It has a long, varied coastline on both sides.
The Baja features four major mountain ranges: Sierra Juarez, Sierra de San Pedro Martir, Sierra de la Giganta, Sierra de la Laguna, and many minor ranges.
Much of Baja California is desert or mountains.
Here is a link to a brief history of the lower Baja Peninsula
The climate varies from "Mediteranian" around Ensenda/Tijuana, to a very dry and hot desert around San Felipe, and dry-tropical in parts of Baja South.
More information on the climate can be found under each individual city page. When possible, we can link you to the latest weather forecasts, and at the very least, give you temperature statistics.
Cabo San Lucas was created by the Mexican government as a tourist destination. Before that, it was just a fishing village. Now, it is one of the premiere tourist destinations in Mexico.
Nearby San Jose del Cabo and the area between them support thousands of hotel and resort rooms. The great weather, beautiful beaches, and fabulous fishing make for a natural tourist stop. La Paz is gaining in popularity, and places like Loreto are developing fast. Ensenada has always been a popular weekend escape for many Californians.
Fishing is very popular on the Baja Peninsula.
If you plan to drive down the peninsula, we recommend you obtain a copy of the Baja California map and tour guide available from the Automobile Club of Southern California. This is an excellent map and is kept right up-to-date. It is particularly useful if you plan to drive some of the secondary roads and trails.
Here are simple road maps of Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur You should be able to print these for your trip.
Baja California Norte (North) includes the border cities of Tijuana, Tecate, and Mexicali. These border cities offer a wide variety of shopping opportunities.
The area near Rosarito Beach is famous for lobster restaurants. This area is mostly a weekend and summer tourist area. It supports a sizable permanent population of Americans and Canadians. It is actually commuting distance from San Diego or Chula Vista, in California.
San Felipe, on the other hand is a winter vacation center. It's weather is fantastic in the fall and spring, and nice in the winter. The summers in San Felipe are a little too hot for most North Americans.
Ensenada has a nice Mediteranian climate that is suitable for year-round living. It offers duty free shopping, wonderful dining, and great fishing. If you need to be close to the border, but you want to get away from the hussle and hassle of most border towns, check out Ensenada.
Here are some pictures from the San Felipe area on Baja Norte:
The Crowded Beach at San Felipe A Little Cactus South of San Felipe. Or try this link: Playa de Oro Ocean Beach Front San Felipe
The Baja California cities included in Virtual Mexico are:
Baja California Sur (South) includes the capital of La Paz, that many people believe is the most "Mexican" of the Baja cities, and the resort centers of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Ferries run from La Paz to the Mexican Mainland. Great shopping, modern resort hotels, fabulous beaches, and unbelievable weather in the Los Cabos area, attract many thousands of visitors and permanent residents from the U.S. and Canada. Towns like Todos Santos offers a nice year-round climate. Sea of Cortez towns like Mulege feature fabulous diving, snorkeling and kayaking opportunities, and Loreto is becoming a retirement mecca.
The south-central areas around Gerrero Negro on the Pacific side, and Mulege to La Paz on the Sea of Cortez side, are becoming popular whale watching sites!
The cities of Baja California Sur included in Virtual Mexico at this time are:
Other Web Sites with Baja California Information
Club Vagabundos del Mar (Baja Travel)
Comprehensive information on BAJA, North and South.
Baja Travel & Vacations: Vacations in Baja mexico.
BajaInsider.com information concerning lifestyles, road reports, weather, the how, where, when and why; about living and traveling in Baja California and all Mexico.
Tourist Info., Roads, Hotels, Transportation on the Baja (English)
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