Welcome to my home, Baja California Sur Mexico! I’ve been living in Mexico for 5 years now and 2 years ago, I found my home in the Baja Peninsula. In this article, I wrote in detail everything you need to know about traveling and exploring Baja California Sur!
Hi Trisha! What a life! I just found out that you are living in Baja California Sur and I really want to travel and do a road trip there! I have so many questions and I don’t even know where to start! I saw on Instagram that you went on a cove near Loreto and there are other areas that I saw on your videos that I am not familiar with.
Are you able to share those places to visit in Baja California Sur Mexico? Safety and driving tips are also appreciated. Like you, I want to conquer Baja California Sur alone! Thanks for all your blog posts and more power. I hope to meet you when I go down there!Claire, United States
Thank you for following my Mexico blogs – I really appreciate it! And yes, this is home for now. I did not expect to live in Cabo San Lucas as it is one of the most expensive places to live in Mexico, yet here I am!
I did a Baja California Sur road trip on my own and believe me, you don’t have to worry anything about safety. The roads are super safe, and for me, it is one of the most beautiful road trips that I’ve done in my life!
Anyway, this is my short story, narrative, and guide about traveling to BCS. If you ever make it here, you know where to find me – let’s have some drinks and I’ll show you to the place I now call home.
Do not be afraid, push through and you will see how beautiful this place is. Good luck and let me know if I can help you with anything else!
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🧐 Where is Baja California Sur Mexico?
Baja California Sur is located in Mexico’s southern part of the Baja California Peninsula. It is one of Mexico’s 32 states, bordered to the north by the state of Baja California, to the east by the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), and to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean.
The state’s capital is La Paz, situated on the eastern coast along the Gulf of California. Baja California Sur is known for its beautiful beaches, picturesque towns, diverse marine life, and unique desert landscapes.
🗺️ Baja California Sur Mexico Map
⛔ Is Baja California Sur safe?
ABSOLUTELY! For the last 5 years, I have lived in Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, Mexico City and Guadalajara and I felt that there are more safety precautions that I need to take in mainland Mexico.
Baja California Sur does not feel that way. I feel super safe here and nothing bad has happened to me (except that one incident when a taxi driver grabbed my leg in Cabo).
The Baja Peninsula is a favorite destination for Americans and Canadians because of its close proximity and uniqueness in terms of layout and terrain. The governments of Baja will not do anything bad to interrupt tourism here.
I know this because I worked with tourism boards in Mexico, and they all said the same. They will do everything to protect the tourism and safety reputation of Baja California Sur because tourism is the main livelihood of locals here.
Without us, they won’t thrive so believe me, they will do everything to keep the Baja Peninsula a safe destination for travelers. Safety is not an issue in Baja California Sur Mexico!
📍 Places to visit in Baja California Sur
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is an idyllic destination for travelers seeking a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The city is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, with iconic landmarks like the famous El Arco, a striking rock formation where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.
The picturesque beaches, including Medano Beach and Lover’s Beach, offer pristine sands and crystal-clear waters ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and various water sports.
Cabo’s vibrant marine life provides excellent opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving, allowing visitors to explore vibrant coral reefs and encounter colorful fish, sea turtles, and other marine creatures.
For thrill-seekers, parasailing, jet-skiing, and ziplining are the best activities. Moreover, Cabo is a world-renowned sportfishing destination, drawing anglers eager to reel in marlin, tuna, and dorado.
Whale watching is another major attraction in Cabo, particularly between December and April, when humpback and gray whales migrate to the region’s warm waters to breed and give birth.
The city’s lively atmosphere extends to its bustling marina, where visitors can find various dining options, shops, and nightlife.
San Jose del Cabo
This charming town is known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, picturesque cobblestone streets, and vibrant art scene. The Historic District, or El Centro, invites visitors to explore its art galleries, local boutiques, and enchanting plazas, providing a genuine Mexican culture and history taste.
The San Jose del Cabo estuary, a verdant oasis brimming with diverse birdlife, is a haven for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers. Its serene environment is perfect for strolls and peaceful contemplation.
The town’s pristine beaches, such as Palmilla Beach and Costa Azul, offer a quiet escape for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling in the clear waters of the Sea of Cortez.
San Jose del Cabo is also celebrated for its thriving culinary scene, with various farm-to-table restaurants and authentic Mexican eateries showcasing the region’s fresh ingredients and traditional flavors.
The weekly Art Walk, held between November and June, is a festive event that brings the community together to celebrate local art, music, and gastronomy.
Situated along the serene Sea of Cortez, La Paz boasts a picturesque waterfront promenade, the Malecón, which offers stunning views, vibrant street art, and various restaurants and shops.
The city’s pristine beaches, such as Balandra and Tecolote, are known for their calm, turquoise waters and powdery white sands, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.
La Paz serves as a gateway to Espíritu Santo Island. This UNESCO-protected natural reserve hosts vibrant marine life, including sea lions, manta rays, and colorful fish. You can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking around the island’s striking rock formations and secluded bays.
La Paz also offers world-class sportfishing, attracting anglers pursuing marlin, tuna, and dorado. From December to April, the city becomes a prime location for whale watching, as gray whales and whale sharks congregate in the surrounding waters.
The lively downtown area features a mix of historic landmarks, museums, and local markets, providing insights into the region’s rich history and culture. With its diverse offerings, La Paz enchants travelers seeking an authentic and memorable Mexican experience.
Recognized as a “Pueblo Mágico” (Magical Town) by the Mexican government, Todos Santos captivates visitors with its vibrant art scene, historic architecture, and picturesque surroundings.
The town’s thriving art community is showcased in numerous galleries, studios, and artisan shops, displaying works by local and international artists.
Exploring the quaint cobblestone streets, visitors will discover beautifully restored colonial buildings, including the iconic Hotel California, often mistakenly associated with the famous Eagles song.
Todos Santos offers a variety of outdoor activities to suit every taste. The town’s pristine beaches, such as Cerritos and Punta Lobos, are popular among surfers for their consistent waves and stunning backdrops.
Nature enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, birdwatching, and horse riding amidst the lush landscape of the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve. The town’s culinary scene is a delightful blend of traditional Mexican cuisine and contemporary farm-to-table concepts, featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Annual events like the Todos Santos Art Festival and the Todos Santos Music Festival further celebrate the town’s rich cultural heritage. With its laid-back atmosphere, artistic charm, and diverse activities, Todos Santos offers a truly magical experience for discerning travelers.
As the first Spanish settlement in the Californias, Loreto’s charming cobblestone streets are lined with well-preserved colonial buildings, including the impressive Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto, which dates back to the 17th century.
Surrounded by the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range and the pristine waters of the Sea of Cortez, Loreto offers a diverse array of outdoor activities.
The nearby Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to an astonishing variety of marine life, including dolphins, sea lions, and over 800 species of fish. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and paddleboarding in the park’s crystal-clear waters.
Loreto is also renowned for its world-class sport fishing, with anglers flocking to catch trophy-sized marlin, dorado, and yellowfin tuna. Hiking and mountain biking in the Sierra de la Giganta provide stunning panoramic views and the opportunity to explore ancient cave paintings.
The town’s burgeoning culinary scene offers a delightful fusion of traditional Mexican cuisine and fresh seafood, showcasing the region’s rich flavors.
Mulege, a charming oasis town in Baja California Sur Mexico, beckons travelers with its delightful blend of history, natural beauty, and warm hospitality.
Situated along the banks of the Santa Rosalia River, Mulege’s lush palm groves and vibrant bougainvillea create a picturesque setting, perfect for a relaxing getaway.
A must-visit attraction is the Misión Santa Rosalía de Mulegé, a beautifully preserved 18th-century mission perched on a hill overlooking the town. Its captivating architecture and panoramic views make it an ideal spot for photography and reflection.
Mulege’s location near the stunning Bahía Concepción offers visitors easy access to some of the most pristine beaches in the region. The crystal-clear turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply soaking up the sun on the soft, sandy shores.
The town is an excellent base for exploring the nearby Sierra de Guadalupe cave paintings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a unique opportunity to delve into the area’s rich history and prehistoric art.
Cabo Pulmo, a small village on the eastern coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, is a true paradise for travelers who seek pristine natural beauty, tranquility, and world-class marine adventures.
Cabo Pulmo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to one of the world’s oldest and most successful marine reserves, boasting an incredible variety of marine life and vibrant coral reefs.
The park’s thriving underwater ecosystem provides exceptional snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities, with abundant colorful fish, sea turtles, rays, and even sharks.
The crystal-clear waters also offer excellent kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming conditions, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the Sea of Cortez.
Cabo Pulmo’s unspoiled beaches, such as Playa Arbolitos and Playa Los Frailes, provide a serene escape for sunbathing, beachcombing, and wildlife watching, as well as breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.
The village is a haven for eco-tourism, with eco-friendly accommodations and a strong focus on sustainable practices to preserve the area’s natural beauty.
The remote location and laid-back atmosphere of Cabo Pulmo make it an ideal destination for travelers seeking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life while reconnecting with nature.
Magdalena Bay, located on the western coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, is a remarkable destination for travelers seeking pristine natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and unforgettable experiences.
This expansive bay is a complex system of barrier islands, mangrove estuaries, and tidal flats, providing a vital habitat for diverse marine and terrestrial species.
One of Magdalena Bay’s most alluring attractions is its seasonal gray whale migration between December and April. During this time, these gentle giants travel to the bay’s warm and protected waters to mate, give birth, and nurture their young.
Travelers can embark on guided whale-watching tours, often getting close enough to observe the whales and their calves in their natural habitat—an extraordinary and moving experience.
In addition to whale watching, Magdalena Bay offers superb opportunities for birdwatching, kayaking, and exploring the mangroves, which are home to various species of birds, fish, and other marine life. Sportfishing enthusiasts can try to catch marlin, dorado, and yellowfin tuna in the bay’s rich waters.
The nearby dunes and uninhabited islands provide a serene backdrop for beachcombing, hiking, and photography. Magdalena Bay’s unspoiled natural beauty, diverse ecosystem, and exceptional wildlife encounters make it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure-seeking travelers.
San Juanico is renowned for its world-class point break, with consistently perfect waves that attract surfers of all skill levels. The bay’s sheltered location and long, peeling waves offer ideal conditions for longboarding, short boarding, and stand-up paddleboarding.
The village’s pristine beaches, such as First Point and Second Point, provide ample opportunities for sunbathing, beachcombing, and wildlife watching.
The area’s diverse marine life, including dolphins, sea lions, and migrating whales, can often be observed from the shore. Sportfishing enthusiasts can also try their luck in San Juanico’s abundant waters, which teem with yellowtail, dorado, and marlin species.
Nature lovers can explore the surrounding desert’s rugged landscapes and sweeping vistas through hiking, mountain biking, or ATV adventures. San Juanico’s remote location ensures a tranquil escape from the bustling tourist destinations, immersing visitors in the village’s natural beauty and friendly local culture.
With its world-class surfing, unspoiled environment, and relaxed pace of life, San Juanico offers a truly authentic and rejuvenating Mexican experience for travelers seeking to connect with nature and discover hidden treasures along the Baja California Sur coastline.
Founded in the 18th century as a Jesuit mission, La Purisima boasts well-preserved historic structures, including the beautiful Misión de Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción, which reflects the region’s colonial past.
The village’s picturesque location, surrounded by lush greenery, agricultural fields, and date palms, offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere.
You can explore the area’s natural beauty through hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking, discovering hidden waterfalls, refreshing springs, and captivating canyon views.
La Purisima is also an excellent destination for agritourism, with its abundant farms and orchards producing delicious organic fruits, vegetables, and honey.
Travelers can sample local produce and learn about traditional farming techniques, gaining insights into the community’s sustainable practices and deep connection to the land.
The village’s friendly and welcoming residents are proud to share their customs and culture, providing an authentic glimpse into rural Mexican life.
Surrounded by towering palm trees and lush vegetation, San Ignacio boasts a picturesque central plaza, where the stunning Misión San Ignacio Kadakaamán, a well-preserved Jesuit mission dating back to the 18th century, serves as a testament to the region’s rich history.
San Ignacio Lagoon, located near the town, is a renowned gray whale breeding and calving ground. From January to April, visitors can embark on guided whale-watching tours, providing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat.
The lagoon is also home to diverse bird species, making it an excellent location for birdwatching and nature photography.
Adventure-seekers can explore the nearby Sierra de San Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an impressive collection of ancient cave paintings.
Hiking, horseback riding, or guided tours provide access to these fascinating archaeological sites, breathtaking canyon views, and unique desert landscapes.
Guerrero Negro, a unique and fascinating town in Baja California Sur, Mexico, is an exceptional destination for travelers seeking wildlife encounters, unspoiled natural beauty, and a touch of adventure.
The town’s main attraction is the nearby Scammon’s Lagoon, or Ojo de Liebre, a crucial breeding and calving ground for gray whales. From December to April, visitors can embark on guided whale watching tours, providing an unparalleled opportunity to witness these majestic creatures up close in their natural habitat.
In addition to its world-famous whale watching, Guerrero Negro is home to one of the largest salt production facilities in the world. Visitors can take guided tours of the saltworks to learn about extracting and refining salt from the lagoon’s waters.
Nature enthusiasts will also be captivated by the expansive Vizcaino Desert and Biosphere Reserve, which encompasses Guerrero Negro and its surrounding areas.
This protected region is home to diverse flora and fauna, including the endemic pronghorn antelope and numerous bird species. Visitors can explore the reserve’s unique ecosystems through hiking, birdwatching, or photography excursions.
Santa Rosalia, a picturesque coastal town in Baja California Sur, Mexico, offers travelers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.
Originally founded as a mining town in the 19th century, Santa Rosalia’s distinctive French and Mexican architectural styles create a charming atmosphere that sets it apart from other Baja destinations.
A must-visit landmark is the Iglesia de Santa Bárbara, a remarkable prefabricated metal church designed by Gustave Eiffel. With its intricate ironwork and stunning stained glass, the church provides a fascinating glimpse into the town’s rich mining history.
Visitors can also explore the El Boleo mining museum and remnants of the old mining operations, including the mining company’s headquarters and the railway station. The town’s vibrant and bustling markets offer an authentic taste of local life, with stalls selling fresh seafood, regional delicacies, and artisan crafts.
Santa Rosalia’s location on the Sea of Cortez provides ample opportunities for water-based activities, such as snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking. Nearby, the enchanting Bahía de Concepción boasts a string of pristine beaches and turquoise waters perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
✅ Safety tips for Baja California Sur Mexico
Driving in Baja California Sur is safe
Driving in Baja California Sur can be safe, provided you take necessary precautions and follow the local driving rules. Many travelers choose to rent a car or drive their own vehicle to explore the region’s beautiful landscapes and attractions at their own pace.
Here are some tips to ensure a safe driving experience in Baja California Sur:
- Plan your route: Research your destinations, plan your route, and have a map or GPS device handy. Be aware that some remote areas may not have a reliable cell phone signal.
- Stay on well-traveled roads: Stick to major highways and well-maintained roads, as some rural and secondary roads may be in poor condition or unmarked. Avoid driving off-road or on unfamiliar paths.
- Be cautious at night: It is generally safer to drive during daylight hours, as night driving can be more challenging due to limited visibility, lack of lighting, and potential hazards such as livestock or wildlife on the road.
- Obey traffic laws: Familiarize yourself with Mexican traffic laws and regulations, including speed limits, road signs, and right-of-way rules. Make sure your vehicle has valid insurance and necessary permits for driving in Mexico.
- Stay alert and focused: Stay vigilant for potential hazards, such as potholes, road construction, or fallen rocks. Be prepared for occasional military checkpoints, where you may be asked to present your identification and vehicle documents.
- Keep your vehicle secure: Always lock your vehicle and do not leave valuable items in plain sight. Park in well-lit, secure areas or designated parking lots.
- Carry essential supplies: Bring plenty of water, food, and a basic emergency kit, including a spare tire, jack, and necessary tools. In remote areas, gas stations may be scarce, so ensure you have enough fuel for your journey.
Is it safe to travel to Baja Sur Mexico?
ABSOLUTELY! I traveled Baja California Sur Mexico alone (and sometimes with my 2 dogs) and I never felt unsafe. I actually ended up living here! There is nothing to worry about safety in Baja California Sur.
Get travel insurance
Do not travel to Mexico without travel insurance! I use SafetyWing, for my nomad insurance and only pay $40 USD per month (both travel and medical insurance).
Lately, I discovered Ekta Traveling and loved their services! Their medical insurance is as low as $0.99 USD and they accept travelers from 2 months to 100 years old.
Mexico will not ask you for mandatory travel insurance (upon entry) but make it a priority when planning your trip to Baja California Sur Mexico.
Do not buy drugs at all costs
Do not engage in any drugs nor look for drugs. Do not ask people you don’t know about drugs or even weed. This is a no-no when traveling in Mexico, not just in Baja Sur.
⁉️ Baja California Sur Mexico FAQ
What’s the difference between Baja California and Baja California Sur?
Baja California and Baja California Sur are two separate Mexican states on the Baja California Peninsula, a long strip of land extending southward from the US-Mexico border. The peninsula’s unique geography and climate have created a diverse landscape that attracts visitors worldwide.
Baja California is the northernmost part of the peninsula and shares a border with the U.S. state of California. Its capital is Mexicali, while other major cities include Tijuana and Ensenada.
Baja California is known for its vibrant border cities, which offer a rich cultural experience and bustling nightlife. In addition, the state boasts a flourishing wine region in Valle de Guadalupe, which has gained international recognition for its high-quality wines.
The scenic coastal areas like Rosarito Beach are popular destinations for both tourists and locals, offering a variety of water sports and leisure activities.
On the other hand, Baja California Sur is the southern part of the peninsula and has a more laid-back atmosphere compared to its northern counterpart. The capital of Baja California Sur is La Paz, and major cities and tourist destinations include Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, and Loreto.
This state is famous for its pristine beaches, world-class snorkeling and diving spots, eco-tourism, and whale watching opportunities. The natural beauty of Baja California Sur is truly breathtaking, with its stunning landscapes ranging from arid deserts to lush oases.
In summary, while both Baja California and Baja California Sur share a rugged desert landscape and a stunning coastline, they have distinct cultural and geographical characteristics.
Baja California is more populated and urbanized, offering a diverse range of experiences from lively cities to renowned wine regions. In contrast, Baja California Sur is celebrated for its tranquil environment, unspoiled natural beauty, and abundant opportunities for outdoor adventure.
Which is better: Baja California or Baja California Sur?
It’s difficult to determine which is better between Baja California and Baja California Sur, as both regions offer unique experiences and attractions that cater to different preferences and interests. The best choice for you will depend on what you’re looking for in a travel destination.
Baja California, the northern part of the peninsula, is known for its vibrant cities such as Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ensenada, which offer a bustling urban atmosphere, lively nightlife, and a thriving culinary scene.
The region is also home to the beautiful Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s premier wine country, and various natural attractions like the Parque Nacional Constitución de 1857 and the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir.
On the other hand, Baja California Sur is famous for its picturesque beach towns, such as Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, and Loreto, which provide a more laid-back atmosphere and ample opportunities for water-based activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and whale watching.
The region also boasts several protected natural areas, including the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve and the Cabo Pulmo National Park, offering travelers a chance to explore the unique landscapes and ecosystems of the peninsula.
Ultimately, the choice between Baja California and Baja California Sur will depend on your preferences and the type of experience you seek. Both regions have much to offer and can provide unforgettable experiences for visitors.
What country owns Baja California Sur?
Baja California Sur is part of Mexico. It is one of the 32 states that make up the United Mexican States, Mexico’s official name. Baja California Sur is located in the southern half of the Baja California Peninsula and shares its northern border with the state of Baja California.
Is Cabo considered Baja California Sur?
Yes, Cabo is considered part of Baja California Sur. The term “Cabo” typically refers to the popular tourist destination Cabo San Lucas, a town located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula.
Cabo San Lucas and its neighboring town San José del Cabo, together form the region known as Los Cabos. Both towns are within the state of Baja California Sur in Mexico.
What does Baja California Sur mean?
Baja California Sur is a Spanish name that can be translated as follows: “Baja” means “lower” or “southern,” “California” refers to the region of the California Peninsula, and “Sur” means “south.”
Combined, “Baja California Sur” means “Southern Lower California.” This name distinguishes the southern state from its northern neighbor, Baja California, on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.
Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She’d like to believe she’s not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.