Baja California

Top 5 Places for a Long Holiday Weekend in Baja

The perfect get-away


Surrounded by the Sea of Cortez, Loreto is a tranquil warm beach destination filled with world famous sports fishing. The Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto, a park located within the marina is a great place to sign up for all water sports imaginable. Though there is a charge to enter the park, the staff's attentiveness to travelers' needs is worth it. Some of the activities include sailing, kayaking and diving excursions. But Loreto also offers many land activities such as golfing on world-renowned golf courses or hiking and mountain biking in the mountains surrounding the town. And while high in the mountains, touring Mision Nuestra Senora de Loreto, a restored mission, provides magical sights both inside and outside. The history and culture of Loreto, and its role as the first capital to the Californias, is evident from the inscription at the entrance of the mission; Cabeza y Madre de las Misiones de Baja y Alta California (Head and Mother of the Missions of Upper and Lower California). To learn more about traveling to Loreto, visit


Knows as a "desert oasis," Todos Santos is situated between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz and is a favorable destination among travelers for its year round tropical climate. Todos Santos sits on top of a mesa at the Tropic of Cancer. It is surrounded by the Sierra de la Laguna Mountain Range and has beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Known for its ancient mango orchards and palms, the area is very popular among artists. World-renowned galleries fill the area and one not to miss is Stewart Gallery, an artist's colony. Named after Charles Stewart, the creator of Todos Santos' art scene, the gallery compiles different forms of art for everyone's taste. Another gallery to get lost in is Galeria de Todos Santos, which is filled with unique boutique shops in and among a range of artwork. Todos Santos is also known for its fresh, authentic dining experience. Restaurants cooking up traditional Mexican dishes to organic cuisine made from local fresh food; there is a place for everyone to eat. Tequila's Sunrise, an acclaimed feature in "Hotel California," serves the freshest seafood, prime steaks and a tequila bar serving all the premium tequilas.


A quieter retreat from its sister town and party destination of Cabo San Lucas sits San Jose del Cabo. Surrounded by white sand beaches and bright green vegetation, the year round warm temperatures make it a popular place to escape for some rest and relaxation. Walk the entire coastline of San Jose del Cabo via Paseo del Estero, a pedestrian trail that is lined with palm trees and the sights of crashing waves. Follow it all the way to Plaza Mijares, a small historic square and the sights of a small mission church, a few stores and authentic Mexican restaurants. Hiking is an acclaimed activity in San Jose del Cabo. Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra de la Laguna is a large uninhibited remote area with rugged trails, sometimes unmarked, for the experienced hiker. The reserve is also loaded with animals and plants only found in San Jose del Cabo and protected by Unesco. Beach-goers will love the fine white sandy beaches and turquoise water that line the coast. Playa Santa Maria is a clean beach to catch the sun's rays. It also provides snorkelers great sights under the water.

After a day at the beach, Fruitlandia, a specialty market, is the place to fill up on traditional Mexican sweets such as milk fudge and candied cactus.

Beaches, adventurous activities, cultural exhibits and authentic cuisine make Baja the perfect destination for just about every traveler. For the people looking to relax while discovering all that Mexico has to offer, book a trip to one of the featured destinations and experience it all for yourself. is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for Baja, California, supported by a full-service travel agency staffed with local "Travel Savants" offers Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. To contact, call 855-BAJA-411 or email



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