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Fun facts about Baja

How much do you know about Baja California?

Did you know… That throughout Baja California, particularly in Ensenada and San Felipe, Carnaval (Mexico's version of Mardi Gras) is celebrated with big festivities? Carnaval dates might change but it always occurs in the days before Ash Wednesday.

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Did you know… That Loreto, on the Sea of Cortez, Loreto was the setting for the 7th season finale of the ABC reality TV show "The Bachelor?"

Did you know…That the region between Tecate and Ensenada (the Valle de Guadalupe) and the region south of Ensenada (Santo Tomas valley) produce more than 90% of Mexico's premium wines? Winemaking here dates back to the late 1700's.

Did you know… That Tijuana is the western-most city in Latin America?

Did you know…That all California grey whale calves are born in the shallow lagoons of Baja California, notably Scammon's Lagoon and San Ignacio lagoon?

Boaters flip for a baby whale in San Ignacio lagoon

Did you know… That loggerhead turtles travel all the way from their nesting places in Japan to feed in the Sea of Cortez?

Did you know… That Tijuana is where a new style of music that is referred to as 'Nortec' has evolved? It is a techno-ranchero style that is rocking the house.

Did you know… That La Bufadora (south of Ensenada) is one of only a handful of blowholes in the whole world?

Did you know… That Baja California's peninsula is nearly 800 miles long? It can be traversed in its entirety on Highway 1, a more than 1000-mile drive. At its widest, it is nearly 150 miles and at its narrowest it is approximately 30 miles across. It is one of the largest peninsulas in the world.

Did you know…That La Paz, the capital of Baja Sur, was once sustained by pearl diving?

A strong pearl diving industry kept La Paz going until the 1930s when the oyster beds were destroyed by disease. La Paz languished until the trans-peninsular highway was completed in 1973 and the city became capital of the newly formed State of Baja California Sur in 1974.

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Did you know… That U.S. dollars are pretty much universally accepted in Baja California? Although the peso is Mexico's currency, dollars are happily accepted at the going exchange rate, the best of which you will generally find at a Mexican bank.

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