Baja California SurMexico

From the surreal desert landscapes of the north to the high-energy cities of the south, this state is full of contrasts, culture and natural beauty.

Sitting at the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula, the Mexican state of Baja California Sur has an obvious attraction: its vast and beautiful coastline. Head for the beach to lounge on long stretches of pristine white sand, enjoy watersports and discover rock formations rising out of bright blue waters.

If you’re feeling active, try kayaking, diving or snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. The shallow bay here is home to colorful sea life and one of only three living coral reefs in North America. Majestic mountain and desert terrain stretches out beyond.

For more natural beauty, venture to the serene desert landscapes and otherworldly green lagoons of the sprawling Desierto de El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Latin America. Go mountain biking, hiking and camping here. In the winter months, observe spectacular gray whales in the reserve’s San Ignacio Lagoon.

Head south to discover the cosmopolitan delights of the state capital, La Paz. The port city has a spirited atmosphere, excellent seafood restaurants and a calendar full of festivals. The most famous of them, Carnaval, takes place in February.

Once you reach the southernmost tip of the peninsula, relax and indulge at Los Cabos. This resort has a noticeable North American influence with its shopping malls and golf courses. It is made up of two distinctly different areas, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, joined by a 20-mile (33-kilometer) stretch of highway. Both are well worth exploring.

Lively Cabo San Lucas is the place to go for bars, restaurants and entertainment. San Jose del Cabo, meanwhile, retains the look and feel of an authentic Mexican town. Sip a cold margarita at one of the al fresco restaurants that line its cobbled streets and soak up the laid-back yet sophisticated atmosphere.

To reach Baja California Sur, fly into La Paz or San José del Cabo or cross overland from the U.S. Buses will take you between the major resorts and towns, but consider renting a car for access to more remote villages and beaches.

Popular cities in Baja California Sur

Marina Cabo San Lucas which includes a marina, a coastal town and night scenes
Los Cabos
Known for Rocky Beaches, Sea and Marina

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  • Marina Cabo San Lucas
    Marina Cabo San Lucas
  • Cabo Dolphins
    Cabo Dolphins
  • Lover's Beach
    Lover's Beach
La Paz featuring a sunset and a bay or harbor
La Paz
Known for Rocky Beaches, Snorkelling and Whale Watching

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  • Balandra Beach
    Balandra Beach
  • Malecon Kiosk
    Malecon Kiosk
  • Pichilingue Beach
    Pichilingue Beach
La Ribera featuring a pool
East Cape
Known for Rocky Beaches, Fishing and Swimming

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  • Cabo Pulmo National Park
    Cabo Pulmo National Park
  • Baja California Peninsula
    Baja California Peninsula
  • Tropic of Cancer Monument
    Tropic of Cancer Monument
Todos Santos showing landscape views, a sandy beach and general coastal views
Todos Santos
Known for Rocky Beaches, Relaxing and Surfing

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  • Los Cerritos Beach
    Los Cerritos Beach
  • Baja California Peninsula
    Baja California Peninsula
  • Todos Santos Plaza
    Todos Santos Plaza
Loreto
Loreto
Known for Sea, Relaxing and Golf

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Reasons to visit

  • Baja California Peninsula
    Baja California Peninsula
  • Our Lady of Loreto Mission
    Our Lady of Loreto Mission
Mulege
Known for Fishing, Scuba Diving and Hill

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Reasons to visit

  • Baja California Peninsula
    Baja California Peninsula
  • Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California
    Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California