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EagleRider Creates a New Baja California Motorcycle Experience Portal

As part of ever continuing efforts to increase convenience and service for customers, EagleRider, the world’s pioneer and innovator of motorcycle experiences, has launched all-new experience portals that capture the essence of iconic American destinations to give riders as close to a firsthand look as possible of what’s in store if you’re thinking of undertaking a journey with EagleRider.

The Baja California Experience Portal is now available for the adventurer’s viewing pleasure. This page is a one-stop shop for anyone who’s ever been interested in touring one of the most highly acclaimed destinations in the World, a North American final frontier. The video magnificently transfers the experience that riders have when they undertake this adventure and no less than 7 Baja tours—both guided and self-drive—are featured on the page so you can take your pick and explore Baja exactly the way you want to while EagleRider takes care of the logistics.

So check out the experience portal here and then go find out for yourself what all the fuss is about Baja California from the saddle of your favorite motorcycle!

Baja California Motorcycle Experience

ABOUT EAGLERIDER

Pioneering the motorcycle rental concept in 1992, EagleRider has since extended its branches to become a motorcycle experience industry giant offering services of all kinds to assist and empower motorcyclists and travelers worldwide. Whether you simply would like to try out the motorcycle of your dreams or go on a great adventure in the self-drive and guided tours offered from any one of our beautifully located 100+ locations across the globe, EagleRider offers the world’s favorite brands including Harley-Davidson®, Indian®, Honda® and BMW® in motorcycles as well as Scooters, Dirt Bikes, and ATV’s. We also provide motorcycle service, parts, and accessories in addition to a vast array of solutions for individuals as well as dealers that are looking to buy and/or sell their bikes.

For more information on rentals and tours, please visit www.EagleRider.com. If you are interested in buying and/or selling a bike, visit www.UsedMotorcycles.net. Our inventory of parts and accessories can be found at Store.EagleRider.com.

 


Baja.com
 is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Nine of Mexico’s 25 Best Restaurants

Destination Dining:  Baja Boasts Nine of Mexico’s 25 Best Restaurants

Although the Baja California peninsula is too often the subject of negative and unfair portrayals in the U.S. and international media, in the last few months it has also been justly lauded for two of its signature attractions. In a recent reader’s poll on the USA Today travel site 10 Best, a whopping six of the top 10 beaches in Mexico were judged to be in Baja California Sur (led by Playa Balandra in La Paz). And lest one thing the state of Baja California has been neglected, it made a spectacular showing in a recent list of the country’s top restaurants released by premier culinary site, The Daily Meal.

While Mexico City, as expected, was home to an enormous percentage of Mexico’s best restaurants – 10 of 25 – the Baja California peninsular boasts a remarkable nine, eight of which are located in the state of Baja California. Six, as a matter of fact, are set either in Ensenada or in the nearby wine country, Valle de Guadalupe, which suggests that it’s not only the region’s best  wines that are world-class, but also their pairing partners. It also suggests that outside of the Distrito Federal, Baja California is now the preferred destination dining spot in all of Mexico.

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Deckman’s en El Mogor, one of several world-class restaurants in Baja’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe.

This sort of praise is not exactly new. The Baja California dining scene – as exemplified by Chef Javier Plascencia of the famed family of Tijuana restaurateurs, and the “Baja Med” fusion movement pioneered by Miguel Angel Guerrero at El Taller – has been garnering international attention and acclaim for several years now, and its evolution and approach have been well documented; most notably, in Baja Taste, an hour long documentary that premiered at the Los Cabos International Film Fest in November 2015.

But there’s no doubt that The Daily Meal list makes an undeniable statement about the quality of food now being served in the peninsula’s best restaurants.

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Comfort food at Silvestre, recently rated the 20th best restaurant in Mexico by The Daily Meal. Photo courtesy of Kristin Diaz de Sandi.

Here’s the top 25 list in its entirety, as well as links to the many fine stories our writers have contributed about these benchmark Baja eateries:

25)  Máximo Bistrot, Mexico City

24)  Amaranta, Toluca de Lerdo

23)  Sud 777, Mexico City

22)  Quintonil, Mexico City

21)  Deckman’s en El Mogor, Valle de Guadalupe

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20)  Silvestre, Valle de Guadalupe

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Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Corazon de Tierra is not only one of the finest restaurants in the Valle de Guadalupe , but in all of Mexico.

19)  Corazón de Tierra, Valle de Guadalupe

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18)  Rosetta, Mexico City

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Flora’s Field Kitchen pioneered the farm-to-table dining movement in Baja California Sur.

17)  Flora’s Field Kitchen, San José del Cabo

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16)  Los Danzantes, Oaxaca

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

La Querencia Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero was the driving force behind Baja Med fusion cuisine.

15)  La Querencia, Tijuana

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14)  Néctar, Mérida

13)  Los Panchos, Mexico City

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

The view at Finca Altozano, Chef Javier Plascencia’s rustic restaurant in the Valle de Guadalupe.

12)  Finca Altozano, Valle de Guadalupe

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11)  Pangea, Monterrey

10)  Fonda Margarita, Mexico City

9)  MeroToro, Mexico City

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Chef Jair Tellez’s Laja is consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Baja.

8)  Laja, Ensenada

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7)  Contramar, Mexico City

6)  neXtia, San Miguel de Allende

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Husband and wife team Benito Molina and Solange Muris are responsible for the delicious offerings at Manzanilla in Ensenada.

5)  Manzanilla, Ensenada

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Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Tijuana native Javier Plascencia is the most famous chef in Baja, and has founded two its signature restaurants: Mision 19 in Tijuana, and Finca Altozano in Valle de Guadalupe.

4)  Misión 19, Tijuana

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3)  Moxi, San Miguel de Allende

2)  Biko, Mexico City

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Enrique Olvera is executive chef at two of the best restaurants in Mexico: Pujol in Mexico City, and Manta (pictured above) in Los Cabos.

1)  Pujol, Mexico City

Chef Enrique Olvera’s playful approach to fine dining has proved enormously popular, and has led to other successful ventures, most notably Cosme in the Flatiron District of New York City, and Manta at The Cape Hotel in Los Cabos. The latter opened in 2015, and features a pan-Pacific approach to preparing the region’s abundant local seafood, which it pairs with superb service and breathtaking views of Land’s End. Expect Manta to make an appearance on future lists of this sort.

Read more on Baja.com…

 


Baja.com
 is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas – June Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas – June Events in Baja

The summer event season kicks off with a bang in Baja California, thanks to signature peninsular to-dos in both Ensenada and Los Cabos. The 48th annual Baja 500, precursor to the famed finishing race of SCORE’s annual off-road series – the doubly rugged Baja 1000 – starts and finishes in Ensenada; and in the nearby wine country of Valle de Guadalupe, the Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino welcomes back visitors for its 14th summer celebration of art, culture, cuisine and the pastoral pleasures of horseback riding.

At the bottom of the peninsula, in Los Cabos, the Stars and Stripes golf and fishing tournament returns for its 20th edition. One of the most successful of the resort area’s charitable endeavors, this annual paean to outdoor life in Cabo has raised millions of dollars for worthy causes, and always features a slate of world-class musical entertainment. Speaking of world-class, the famed Zippers point break at Playa Costa Azul in San Jose del Cabo is once again the site for the World Surf League’s Los Cabos Open of Surf, a pro event for women and junior competitors of both sexes. As with Stars and Stripes, live musical performances provide nightly counterpoint to the daytime sport.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

June Events in Baja

Ensenada:  48th Annual SCORE Baja 500

When:  June 1 – 5

The 2016 edition SCORE Baja 500 is a loop layout starting and finishing in Ensenada, with racers allowed 18 and a half hours to complete the rugged off-road course. The post-race Awards Ceremony will be held the following afternoon in the Cathedral Room of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.

Cost:  $1,800 – $2,850

 

 

 

 

 

June Events in Baja

Tijuana:  Rock N’ Taco Fest III

When:  June 11

Started by students in the tourism management program at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California campus in Tijuana, this rock n’ roll, beer and tacos focused event will celebrate its 3rd edition this year, with live performances from at least four bands and delicious treats from more than 20 food trucks.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

 

June Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo:  4th Annual Los Cabos Open of Surf

When:  June 7 – 12

Since its inception in 2013, the Los Cabos Open of Surf has taken place at the Zippers point break off Playa Costa Azul in San Jose del Cabo, one of the premier surf spots in Baja California Sur. Ancillary music and food events are expected to accompany the fourth annual WSL competition for pro women and juniors, but have yet to be announced.

Cost:  Free admission

 

June Events in Baja

Los Cabos:  20th Annual Stars and Stripes Tournament

When:  June 23 – 26

This annual fishing and golf tournament has raised over 20 million dollars for youth charities since its founding in 1996. Organizers are hoping to raise 3 million more this year, with over 600 people expected at Hilton Los Cabos for four days of fishing, golf and first-class live entertainment – including musical performances from The Rembrandts, Tommy Tutone, Wally Palmer of The Romantics, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Skip Martin of Kool & The Gang, and John Cafferty of Tunes.

Cost:  $3,125 – $125,000

 

June Events in Baja

Ensenada:  14th Annual Horse, Art and Wine Festival

When:  June 26

Mexican art, food, folk dancing, fine wine and horses are the main attractions at the Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino (Horse, Art and Wine Festival), held yearly in the Valle de Guadalupe outside Ensenada. The 14th annual edition is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Vinicola Castillo Ferrer.

Cost:  $20 – $55

 

 

 

 

 


Baja.com
 is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: May Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas:  May Events in Baja

Rosarito is the event capital of Baja California in May, hosting two notable events, and furnishing the starting line for another. The latter, of course, is the spring running of the 50 Mile Rosarito to Ensenada Fun Bicycle Ride, a regional sporting tradition that dates back to 1979, and is known as “the original party on wheels.”

The kick-off edition of the biannual bicycle race begins at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, an historic lodging that will also play host to the peninsula’s best Mother’s Day celebration. On Saturday night, May 7, mamas will be treated to drinks, dinner and a floorshow in the hotel’s Salon Mexicano ballroom that pays tribute to legendary Mexican singers. Rosarito Art Fest also returns in May, showcasing local art, culture and cuisine at an all-new location.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

 

May Events in Baja

La Paz:  481st Anniversary Foundation Festival

When:  May 3 – 6

La Paz celebrates its birthday on May 3rd, honoring the day in 1535 that Hernan Cortes first sighted what would eventually become the largest city in Baja California Sur. This year’s multi-day Festival de Fundacion (Foundation Festival) again serves as a showcase for local art, culture and cuisine, with concerts and activities – including a traditional reenactment of the first landing of the Spaniards .

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

May Events in Baja

EnsenadaRosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride

When:  May 7

Dubbed “The Original Party on Wheels,” the 50 mile fun ride dates back to 1979, when a group of friends pedaled from Rosarito to Ensenada. Now a biannual event, the scenic rides are among the highlights of the regional social calendar, and conclude with a Finish Line Fiesta featuring food, drinks, souvenirs, live music, and massages for participants.

Cost:  $42

 

 

 

 

 

May Events in Baja

RosaritoRosarito Beach Hotel Celebrates Mother’s Day with Super Stars Tribute Singers

When:  May 7

The historic Rosarito Beach Hotel celebrates local and visiting Moms with a Mexican buffet dinner, raffles, and a fun-filled live show featuring impersonators of famous singers like Jenny Rivera, Juan Gabriel, Amanda Miguel, and Vicente Fernandez.

Cost:  $29

 

 

 

 

 

May Events in Baja

Cabo San LucasSurf Retreat at The Cape: A Thompson Hotel

When:  May 19 – 22

Open less than a year – it premiered in June 2015 – this hip, boutique hotel overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas is already making a name for itself as a home for high-profile events. In April, International Chef of the Year Enrique Olvera brought his NYC restaurant Cosme to The Cape. Now, in May, surf legends Rob Machado and Tim Curran are hosting a retreat based around the lodging’s legendary surf beach, Playa Monumentos.

Cost:  $2,921 – 5,920

 

May Events in Baja

Rosarito:  7th Annual Rosarito Art Fest

When:  May 28 – 29

The biggest art fair in Baja California returns for its seventh year with an all-new location, and the same winning mix of regional art, performance art, live music, and traditional Mexican cuisine.

Cost:  Free admission

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

 

Baja California Sur by the Numbers

Baja California Sur by the Numbers: Counting Down Some of the Signature Figures Associated with the Peninsula’s Southernmost State

Baja California Sur by the Numbers

There is no adequate way to express, in either words or numbers, the incredible natural beauty and immense diversity of marine life found around the Islands of Loreto, the electric blue color of the shallow waters off Balandra Beach near La Paz, the majesty of gray whales nursing their calves in the coves of Bahia Magdalena, the particular quality of light that continues to draw artists to Todos Santos, or the feeling of fighting a 500 lb. blue marlin off Cabo San Lucas. But suffice it to say, if you’ve never visited the state with the most coastline in all of Mexico – Baja California Sur – there are a large number of reasons to do so.

40,041 – Population of Baja California Sur in 1900

During the last 115 years, the population of Baja California Sur – until 1974 it was known only as El Territorio Sur de Baja California – has grown by leaps and bounds. At last count, in 2015, the state was home to over 700,000 residents. Fly-in fishing resorts started popping up just after World War II, and helped drive interest in the region’s incredible natural beauty and abundant big-game sportfishing.  The biggest single jump was between 1970 and 1980 – the transpeninsular highway was finished during this decade – when the population increased by over 68%, from about 128,000 people to 215,000. The numbers have been rising steadily ever since.

10,000 – Estimated number of whales that migrate to Baja California Sur each year

The coasts of Baja California Sur were a frequent stomping grounds for whalers  during the 19th century, but since the giant cetaceans became protected in Mexican waters, the shallow coves and inlets where they like to breed have often become tourist attractions for whale watchers. This is particularly true at Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side, the foremost breeding grounds for gray whales. Grays and humbacks make the longest mammalian migrations – humpbacks travel farther on an annual basis, but a gray whale made the single longest migration, a 14,000 mile round-trip from Sakhalin, Russia to Cabo San Lucas. Blue and fin whales, like humpbacks, breed in the Sea of Cortez.

7,500 – Estimated age in years of the first primitive rock and cave paintings in Baja California Sur

The Great Mural Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in parts of Baja California and Baja California Sur that features rock and cave paintings of human and animal figures – including fish, snakes, turtles, rabbits and deer. The primarily red and black pictographs are attributed to an ancient people; so say the Cochimis, anyway, the tribal group that later inhabited the central portion of the Baja California peninsula. Although dates of these primitive rock and cave paintings are often disputed, recent carbon dating suggests they may extend back as far as 7,500 years.

Baja California Sur by the Numbers

Primitive rock and cave paintings in Baja California Sur may have originated as many as 7,500 years ago. Photo courtesy of Ashley Curtin.

7,090 – Height in feet of El Picacho in the Sierra de La Laguna

Mountains descend into desert, and the desert falls into the sea…to the East in the Sea of Cortez, and to the West in the Pacific Ocean. All of this majesty is visible…and more…from El Picacho (not to be confused with Picacho del Diablo in the north), the highest peak (7,090) in the Sierra de la Laguna, the mountain range that runs like a spine up the center of Baja California Sur.

1974 – Year Baja California Sur became a state

The Baja California peninsula has been primitive and isolated for much of its existence. In fact, the major indigeous groups were among the most primitive anywhere in North America when they were first encountered by the Spaniards during the 16th century:  the men went naked, they built no permanent structures, and they practised no agriculture. The peninsula was further decimated when former Jesuit missions were picked virtually bare to help found Franciscan missions in Alta California. Fittingly then, given its hardscrabble history, Baja California Sur was the last of Mexico’s 31 states, achieving statehood just over 40 years ago, on October 8, 1974.

1943 – Year Teatro-Cine General Manuel Marquez de Leon opened in Todos Santos

This vintage theater across from the plaza principal in Todos Santos – the peninsula’s southernmost Pueblo Magico – is named for a military hero who helped thwart an attempted U.S. annexation of Baja during the Mexican-American War, and opened when WWII was still raging in Europe. Not only is the theater now an immaculately restored local landmark, it’s the primary cinematic venue used during the town’s annual film festival.

1734 – Martyrdom of Jesuit missionaries starts the Rebellion of the Pericues

The beginning of the end of the Jesuit period in California occurred when two missionaries – Lorenzo Carranco in Santiago, and Nicolas Tamaral in San Jose del Cabo – were killed by rebellious Pericues, the first inhabitants of the southernmost part of the peninsula. The Pericues were probably not indigenous, the theory held by some contemporary archaeologists is that they came from Melanesia on rafts sometime over 10,000 years ago, but they were the most belligerent of the native populations during the Spanish colonial period. The killings of Carranco and Tamaral led to the so-called Rebellion of the Pericues, which lasted from 1734 – 1737. The Pericues were culturally extinct by the end of that century.

1697 – Year of the first permanent settlement in California

Baja was the first California, and from its first permanent settlement in 1697 until 1777 the capital of the Californias was at Loreto in modern day Baja California Sur. The mission at Loreto was the beachhead for 70 years of Jesuit efforts on the peninsula, the project ending only when they were expelled due to court intrigues in 1768. Counting San Bruno, the first true mission founded during the ill-fated 1683 expedition led by Admiral Isidro de Atondo y Antillón , the Jesuits built 18 missions in total. Although Franciscans and Dominicans followed in their footsteps, they did so with decidedly less power and potential converts, thanks to decimated indigenous populations.

1535 – Year Hernan Cortes landed in La Paz

May 3, 2016 marks the 481th anniversary of the birth of Baja Sur’s capital city, an event celebrated annually during the Fiestas de Fundacion in La Paz with an reenactment of the coming of Hernan Cortes and the Spaniards in 1535. The multi day foundation festival also serves as a showcase for local art, culture and cuisine, with activities and concerts centered around the malecon and Plaza Constitucion (also known as Jardin Velasco), the central plaza located across from the old church.

Baja California Sur by the Numbers

Anniversary festivities in Baja Sur’s capital city of La Paz include a reenactment of the coming of the Spaniards in 1535. Photo courtesy of Fiestas de Fundacion de La Paz.

1213 – Weight in pounds of the largest blue marlin caught off Cabo San Lucas

In 2011, angler Richard Biehl of Traverse City, Michigan, and the crew of the 31’ fishing boat Go Deep spent 28 hours fighting – and landing – an enormous blue marlin estimated at 1,213 pounds (the fish was so large it was impossible to fit on the scale, and was weighed with a formula that measured length and girth). Although no official records are kept, it is thought by many to be the largest blue marlin ever caught off Cabo San Lucas, besting an 1,111 pounder reeled in during the 1980s.

875 – Number of fish species in the Sea of Cortez

Famously dubbed “The World’s Aquarium” by the late, great Jacques Cousteau, the Sea of Cortez (AKA the Gulf of Califorina, and, during the Spanish colonial period, the Vermilion Sea) is home to an astonishing amoung of marine diversity:  at last count, over 875 species of fish, 3,000 types of invertebrates, 170 species of sea birds, and 32 different aquatic mammals. Sanctuaries off Cabo Pulmo and in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park shelter the greatest density of underwater life

320 – Average number of days of sunshine per year in Los Cabos

This number is often trotted out by local tourism promoters, to the point where it seems rain and cold weather are unknown entities in cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. They’re known; they’re just damned uncommon. January evenings sometimes drop as low as the 50s Fahrenheit, but daytime temperatures hover above 70 – beach weather – even on the coldest days of the year. The storm season is largely confined to August and September, when weather and water temperatures are at their highest.

18 – 24 – Tyical Winter wind speeds in knots at Los Barriles and La Ventana

Each year, from November to March, powerful El Norte winds blow down the Sea of Cortez, creating world-class windsurfing and kiteboarding conditions off East Cape towns like Los Barriles and La Ventana. Resorts like Captain Kirk’s in La Ventana cater to seasonal big-air riders, but to catch a glimpse of windsports royalty, visit Los Barriles in January, when the charming coastal community hosts the ultimate kiteboarding competition: the Lord of the Wind Showdown, AKA the IKA North American Kitefoil Championship.

14 – Number of golf courses in Los Cabos

Putting an accurate number on golf courses is tricky, since new projects are constantly in the pipeline. But as of this moment, there are 14 operating: nearly all of them first-class, and all built since the late 1980s. Legendary champion Jack Nicklaus has designed almost half of them (six in all), including the breathtaking Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, one of three Los Cabos courses currently rated among the 100 best in the world. Other notable design names include Greg Norman, Tiger Woods and Davis Love III.

8 – Fingers of hard coral reef at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park

Windsports aren’t the only attraction on the rugged and beautiful East Cape. The national marine sanctuary and UNESCO world heritage site at Cabo Pulmo not only boasts the highest concentration of fish in the Sea of Cortez, but one of the oldest and largest living reefs in North America, with eight fingers of hard coral. Translation: spectacular snorkeling and diving. Spend your nights at an eco-bungalow on the beach, and your days in an undersea fantasia.

Baja California Sur by the Numbers

Playa El Medano is the largest and most popular beach in Los Cabos. Photo courtesy of Medano Beach Cabo.

2 – Length in miles of Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas

You don’t have to be a Spring Breaker to appreciate Playa El Medano. The two mile stretch of golden sand is the center of the social scene in Cabo San Lucas, and is ringed by many of the city’s best restaurants and resorts. Baja Cantina Beach Club and The Office on the Beach each showcase weekly Fiestas Mexicanas with fireworks and folkloric dancing, while Mango Deck is patrolled by a Pancho Villa look-alike named Big Johnson, who carries tequila bottles in holsters, and shot glasses in crisscrossed bandoliers. Safe swimming is available in the placid bay, and high-flying activities options like flyboarding and parasailing are also offered.

1 – Highway that runs the length of the peninsula

Completed in 1973, the Carretara Transpeninsular, or Highway 1, runs the length of the Baja California peninsula, covering over 1000 miles from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. Looking for road trip adventures in Baja Sur? Stay on Highway 1. You’ll wind your way through many of the state’s most popular destinations – from Guerrero Negro, Mulege and Loreto to La Paz and San Jose del Cabo – before finally finishing at kilometer marker 1, near Land’s End and the southernmost point of the peninsula.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: April Events in Baja

 

April ushers in the Spring event season in Baja California, with numerous high-profile to-dos, and enough variety – signature events range from  sporting events to cultural festivals – to appeal to all ages and interests.  Kids will appreciate the comic antics of those barnstorming basketball legends non pareil, the Harlem Globetrotters, who will be visiting Tijuana as part of their 90th anniversary tour. And adults will love sampling the peninsula’s best food and wines at the perennially popular Gastrovino festival in Todos Santos. The month’s best known and longest running event however, is the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. The 125-mile race/social dates back to 1948, and remains one of the premier West Coast regattas.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

 

April Events in Baja                                                                                                                                          San Jose del Cabo7th Annual Paws n’ Claws Open Golf Tournament and Dinner

When:  April 3

An annual fundraiser for the Los Cabos Humane Society, Paws ‘n Claws includes an open golf tournament with raffles and prizes on the gorgeous Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean and Arroyo Courses at Palmilla Golf Club, as well as a cocktail reception, dinner, live music and a silent auction Don Sanchez Restaurant in San Jose del Cabo.

Cost:  $125 – 375

 

 

 

 

April Events in Baja

TijuanaHarlem Globetrotters

When:  April 7

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana with their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

Cost:  $20 – 50

 

April Events in Baja

Ensenada69th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race

When:  April 22 – 24

Billed as the world’s largest international yacht race, this maritime contest and social extravaganza is an annual highlight of the NOSA (Newport Ocean Sailing Association) calendar, and has been since 1948. Past participants include celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart and Walter Cronkite, as well as world-class yachtsmen like Dennis Conner, Bill Ficker and Dave Ullman.

Cost:  $240

 

 

 

April Events in Baja

Todos Santos6th Annual Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival

When:  April 22 – 24

Organized annually by the owners of the wine and olive oil boutique La Bodega de Todos Santos, Gastrovino lures gourmands and oenophiles to the charming artists’ colony and pueblo magico of Todos Santos for a weekend festival celebrating local culture and cuisine, as well as Baja wines from Valle de Guadalupe.

Cost:  $30 – 100

 

April Events in Baja

Ensenada7th Annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000

When:  April 23 – 27

The origins of “The Happiest Race on Earth” date back to the 1967, when Ed Pearlman and the National Off-Road Racing Association organized the inaugural running of the event that would eventually become famous as the “Baja 1000.” Although that legendary race is now run under the SCORE Banner, NORRA revived the spirit of those bygone days when it restarted the Mexican 1000 as a fun, vintage-flavored rally race in 2010.

Cost:  $2,967 and up, depending upon category

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: March Events in Baja

March comes in like a lion, not in terms of weather – which is invariably sunny throughout the Baja California peninsula – but rather with a trio of highly anticipated annual events. The Festival de Cine in southern pueblo magico Todos Santos shows off some of the best classic and contemporary Mexican and Latin American films, and does so primarily at a gorgeous old dowtown theater that has been lovingly restored. San Felipe, meanwhile, braces for yet another fantastic line-up of musicians and artists at its popular Blues & Arts Fiesta. But all pale (ale, that is) to the craft brewed treasures at the yearly Ensenada Beer Fest.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

 

 March Events in BajaSan Jose del CaboArt Walk

When:  Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, fine arts galleries in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte invite guests to sip wine, stroll the downtown neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, and view paintings, sculptures and other pieces from some of Baja’s finest artists.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 March Events in BajaCabo San LucasCultural Circuit

When:  Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26

Although in large part a showcase for the paintings and sculptures of local artists, the weekly cultural circuit on the Cabo San Lucas Marina also offers wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music and folkloric dancing, and of course fine food at some of the city’s signature dining spots.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

 

March Events in Baja

Todos SantosFilm Festival

When:  Mar. 15 – 21

This annual showcase for Mexican and Latin American films was founded in 1994, and is based each year at the historic Teatro-Cine Manuel Marquez de Leon, a landmark 70+ year old movie theater that overlooks the town square in Todos Santos. Full-length films, as well as shorts, documentaries, and projects from the local Youth in Video program are screened.

Cost:  Some screenings are free, others range from $3 – 6 U.S.

 

March Events in Baja

San FelipeBlues Fest

When:  March 18 – 19

Performers at the 10th annual Blues & Arts Fiesta in San Felipe include Backwater Blues Band, Bayou Brothers and Sister Zydeco Band, Rocanova, Javier Batiz, Gregg Wright, Gino Matteo, and Madame LeRoux and Krewe. Artists will also show off their wares, from jewelry and collectibles to painting and sculptures drums and iron creations.

Cost:  $15 – 50

 

 

 

 

 March Events in BajaEnsenadaBeer Fest

When:  Mar. 18 – 19

Over 70 peninsula, mainland and U.S. brewers are expected for this yearly celebration of suds, which takes place at the Centro Cultural Riviera in Ensenada. There’s a conference the first day, and an expo featuring widespread sampling and festivities on the second.

Cost:  $14 – 17

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: February Events in Baja

Valentine’s Day and Carnaval (AKA  Carnival, AKAMardi Gras) are big events almost everywhere, not least of all on the Baja California peninsula. The historic Rosarito Beach Hotel is devoting the entire month of February to the former, from romantic amenities and discounted room rates to a masquerade ball with live music and dancing.  As to the latter, two peninsular cities – Ensenada and La Paz – are particularly famed for their Carnaval celebrations. Both will carry on the tradition again this year, with a series of public festivities that reach their crescendo on “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite February events in Baja.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

 February Events in BajaSan Jose del CaboArt Walk

When:  Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25

Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, fine arts galleries in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte invite guests to sip wine, stroll the downtown neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, and view paintings, sculptures and other pieces from some of Baja’s finest artists.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 February Events in Baja

La PazCarnaval

When:  Feb. 4 – 9

Forget Rio. The world’s best Carnaval celebration takes place in Baja California Sur’s capital city, La Paz. This year’s theme is Las Musas de la Alegria (The Muses of Joy), with five days of pre-Lent festivities – parades, costumes, live music, dancing in the streets – culminating on Fat Tuesday (in French, Mardi Gras), February 9, 2016.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

February Events in Baja

Todos SantosOpen Artists Studio Tour

When:  Feb. 6 – 7

This is a once a year opportunity to visit the acclaimed artists of Todos Santos in their studios. Last year’s 2015 Studios Tour featured 34 participating artists, and saw 400 visitors roaming through the coastal pueblo magico, which is located about 45 minutes by car from Cabo San Lucas.

Cost:  200 pesos

 

 

 

 

February Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas: Circuito Cultural

When:  Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

The Cultural Circuit takes place every Saturday on the Cabo San Lucas marina boardwalk, with exhibits and activities scheduled throughout the day. Although in large part a showcase for the paintings and sculptures of local artists, the circuit also offers wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music and folkloric dancing.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

February Events in Baja

Rosarito: Valentine’s Day Masquerade Ball at Rosarito Beach Hotel

When:  Feb. 13

Enjoy romance across the border at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel, which will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a masquerade ball featuring a dinner buffet and live music and dancing. Since its opening in 1925, the landmark lodging has hosted many of the world’s biggest celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Lana Turner and Rita Hayworth.

Cost:  $39

 February Events in Baja

San Felipe30th SCORE Bud Light San Felipe 250

When:  Feb. 25 – 28

SCORE International’s five race World Desert Champion Series kicks off in 2016 with the San Felipe 250 on Feb. 25 – 28. The rugged off-road loop race starts and finishes in San Felipe, and is open to cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs. Racers must have a SCORE membership to register.

Cost:  $1495 – 2390

 

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: January Events in Bajas

2016 begins with a bang in Baja California Sur, with some of the state’s signature cultural and outdoor competitions scheduled to take place this month: most notably, the Todos Santos Music Festival and The Lord of the Wind Showdown. The former was founded by former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, and brings some of the finest bands on the contemporary music scene to perform in Baja’s first pueblo magico. The latter is a kiteboarding competition – now the North American championship – held annually in the gorgeous East Cape of community of Los Barriles. Each winter when strong El Norte winds blow down the Sea of Cortez, Los Barriles becomes heaven on earth for windsports enthusiasts.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

 January Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Cultural Circuit 

When:  Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

The Cultural Circuit takes place every Saturday on the Cabo San Lucas marina boardwalk, with exhibits and activities scheduled throughout the day. Although in large part a showcase for the paintings and sculptures of local artists, the circuit also offers wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music and folkloric dancing, and of course fine food at some of the city’s signature dining spots.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

January Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo:  Art Walk

When:  Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28R

Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, fine arts galleries in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte invite guests to sip wine, stroll the downtown neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, and view paintings, sculptures and other pieces from some of Baja’s finest artists.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 January Events in Baja

East Cape6th Annual Lord of the Wind Showdown

When:  Jan. 13 – 17

The charming East Cape town of Los Barriles is home to one of the world’s most famous windsports competitions – The Lord of the Wind Showdown – which this year becomes the North American Kitefoil Championship. Kiteboarders compete in categories like slalom and big air, with the overall winner walking away with thousands of dollars in prize money. There are also plenty of affiliated fiestas, like the traditional tamales cook-off.

Cost:  Free for spectators; entry fees range from $25 – 150

 

 

 

January Events in Baja

Todos Santos5th Annual Todos Santos Music Festival

When:  Jan. 14 – 16, 20 – 23

This yearly collaboration between former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, Hotel California, and the Palapa Society of Todos Santos features a series of concerts in the coastalpueblo magico over the course of two weekends. Performers at the 5th annual event will include Buck (performing with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney as Filthy Friends), Death Cab for Cutie, Autumn Defense (with Wilco members Pat Sansone and John Stirratt), The Jayhawks, Old 97’s, and Drive-By Truckers.

Cost:  Free – $50

 

 

 

January Events in Baja

Todos Santos3rd Annual Todos Santos Writers Workshop

When:  Jan. 24 – 30

The 3rd edition of the peninsula’s premier writers workshop features five days of intensive sessions at historic Casa Dracula, with daily workshops led by Jeanne McCulloch, Gordon Chaplin, Rex Weiner and Jonathan Penner, and seminar speakers such as Christopher Merrill (The Forgotten Language – Writing and Nature),  and Bruce Berger (Collecting the World – An Environmental Writer’s Life).

Cost:  $750

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

Baja Year in Review – 2015

Baja Year in Review - 2015

In this, the first installment of what we hope will become a regular year-end feature, we put a bow on the year in Baja with a review of our favorite stories, headlines and videos in 2015.

We hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane, and wish you and yours the very best during this special time of year.

¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!

Headlines to Remember

Sometimes the headlines tell you pretty much all you need to know. Here are five that made us smile in 2015.

Baja Year in Review - 2015

Valle de Guadalupe Restaurant Makes the World’s Best Breakfast

Locals and SoCal daytrippers weren’t surprised, but just about everyone else was when culinary website FoodieHub made it official: Valle de Guadalupe restaurant La Cocina de Doña Esthela serves the world’s best breakfast. The announcement was made May 31, 2015 at FoodieHub’s third annual awards ceremony, and was the latest sign that Baja California cuisine is becoming increasingly respected around the globe.

Baja California Tourism Hits Highest Level in Eight Years

The last weekend in July saw 260,000 people visit Baja California, spending more than $66 million in the state’s hotels, restaurants, and other businesses.

“’Baja California is living its best tourism moment in eight years,” said tourist minister Oscar Jess Escobedo Carignan at the time, attributing the increased numbers to coordinated efforts between state government and the private sector.

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Photo courtesy of Carolina Bastida Davis.

Seven New Mexican Locations – Two in Baja – Added to List of Protected Areas

The Sierra la Giganta and Sierra de Guadalupe mountain ranges in Baja California Sur were among seven newly protected natural areas in Mexico in 2015, bringing the total number of protected areas in the country to 184.

Two of World’s Top 100 Golf Courses Located in Los Cabos

GOLF Magazine selected Los Cabos layouts Diamante (Dunes) and Cabo del Sol (Ocean) for inclusion in its prestigious “Top 100 Courses in the World” list, as featured in the publication’s October 2015 issue.

“To flip through our 17th biennial rankings is to travel the globe,” wrote Top 100 chairman Joe Passov, noting that the “rankings are determined by a 100-strong international panel whose members include major championship winners, architects, journalists and a cadre of connoisseurs who have played all of the world’s top 100 courses.”

Chosen from a ballot of nearly 500 golf courses worldwide, Diamante Dune shot up 14 spots in the 2015 rankings. It now stands at No. 38. Cabo del Sol’s Ocean Course, a Jack Nicklaus design with an ebb-and-flow layout that delivers players to the sea on both nines, clings to the no. 100 spot.

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Mexican naval ship Uribe now rests beneath the surface…as the centerpiece of the new Rosarito Underwater Park.

Sunken Naval Ship Serves as Centerpiece of Rosarito Underwater Park

On November 21, 2015, a few carefully calibrated charges sent the decommissioned Mexican Navy patrol boat Uribe to her final resting place: in 90’ of water in Bahía El Descanso, two miles off the coast of the famed lobster village of Puerto Nuevo.

The sinking was the culmination of years of hard work – bringing the 220’ ship over from Manzanillo, cleaning and preparing her, and determining her ideal underwater location were all expensive and time consuming propositions – but also the beginning of a far more ambitious project, which is the formation of the 100-acre Rosarito Underwater Park (or Parque Submarino Rosarito).

In addition to a “ship graveyard” and artificial reef formed by the Uribe and three other vessels, the underwater park will also feature shallower sections showcasing, respectively, pyramids and statues that evoke Mexico’s Pre-Hispanic past, and a Titanic tribute with chimneys, propellers and other pieces of wreckage. There will also be an onshore museum.

Our Favorite Stories

Many thanks to our contributors around the Baja California peninsula for another great year of stories. Here are three of our favorites, and judging from the response we got on social media, three of yours as well.

Baja Year in Review - 2015

A Gringo in Mexico’s 10 Travel Warnings for Baja California

Our most popular and commented upon story this year was A Gringo in Mexico blogger and Baja.com contributor Scott Koenig’s list of warnings for potential Baja visitors, which cleverly subverted the type of fearmongering  alarums against Mexican travel so common in the U.S. media.

Here’s a sneek peak… Click on the link below the excerpt to read the full story.

I’m often asked by stateside friends about our family’s experiences traveling in and around Baja California. We drive just south of the border from San Diego 2-3 times a month for weekend stays on the beaches of Rosarito Beach and Ensenada, great food and wine in the Valle de Guadalupe, art and culture in Tijuana and to check out other Baja California destinations and bring the story back to you, our readers. We enjoy sharing tales of our adventures and of course always encourage our amigos and amigas to visit for themselves or join us on a tour.

However, travel is never without its detours and potentially life-changing experiences. To make sure you get the most out of your trip, here are El Gringo’s 10 travel warnings to keep in mind when visiting Baja California…

  1. You will be exposed to new and interesting cultures.

From the indigenous Kumiai to migrant families from all over Mexico, visiting Baja California may expose you to new and interesting people, food and cultures.

  1. You may develop a decreased tolerance for boring wines.

The Valle de Guadalupe supplies 90% of the vino consumed in Mexico. It’s also home to a burgeoning artisanal wine scene that is producing some imaginative and delicious blends.

  1.  Street food.

El Gringo knows that street food in Baja California can be scary – scary good! From adobada (marinated pork) tacos and carne asada tortas in Tijuana to ceviche tostadas in Ensenada, there are many delicious and inexpensive options.

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10 Things to Do in Tijuana (That Don’t Involve Drinking)

San Diegan Katherine Belarmino knows her drinks. In addition to writing about restaurants and bars in her blog Travel the World, which helps vacationers get the most out of their travel experiences, she also samples beer, wine and cocktails around the globe for Passports & Cocktails. In this profile of Tijuana for Baja.com, however, she concentrates on the cultural aspects of a city too long pigeonholed as a cross-border getaway destination for decadent behavior.

Historically Tijuana has been a drinking mecca.  Its proximity to Southern California cities like San Diego and Los Angeles and its legal drinking age of 18 meant Tijuana was a popular place for the under 21 crowd to come for drinking and clubbing.  Tourism from the United States to Tijuana dried up for years when stories of crime and drug wars filled the news.  Now Tijuana is a safe place to visit again, and the implementation of a passport requirement means the demographic of the traveler looking for a day trip or weekend trip to Tijuana has shifted.  Tijuana’s streets are no longer overwhelmed with rowdy underage drinkers.  Now they are being strolled by couples and families looking for things to do that celebrate Tijuana’s beauty and culture.

The Tijuana Cultural Center is the most important center for culture in northwest Mexico.  Founded in 1982, the Tijuana Cultural Center portrays the culture of Mexico close to the border.  The center has art galleries, a botanical garden, an aquarium, an IMAX theater, a performance hall, and an outdoor area that is a great place for events, festivals, and outdoor exhibits.  There is constantly something going on at the Tijuana Cultural Center.  The center hosts concerts, theatrical productions, movies, documentaries, and many other events, some of which are free to the public and others which require paid tickets.

During our visit, the Tijuana Cultural Center was featuring a beautiful exhibit of the works of Massimo Listri, a photographer of interior spaces like libraries, churches, and palaces, some of which you may recognize from your own travels.  The Museum of the Californias is a permanent exhibit covering different times in the history of the Baja peninsula including European explorers, missions and missionaries, the Mexican Revolution, and more recent history.  Did you know Tijuana had an airplane factory in the 1920s?  We also visited an exhibit featuring the work of local Baja artists.

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5 Beautiful Restaurant Views in Baja California Sur

Katherine Belarmino wasn’t our only contributor having fun with numbers this year. Los Cabos correspondent Chris Sands followed up his popular pieces on The 5 Best Songs About Cabo San Lucas and 5 Classic Books About the Baja California Peninsula with this similarly enumerated look at Baja California Sur’s most spectacular restaurant views.

Although the most famous restaurant vantages in Baja California Sur are those that provide majestic views of the granite rock formations at Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, winning combinations of fine food and gorgeous views can be found throughout the peninsula’s southernmost state.

Here are five of our favorites:

Sunset da Mona Lisa, Tourist Corridor, Los Cabos

This is the gold standard. Often ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, Sunset da Mona Lisa offers Italian specialties and fresh local seafood dishes (from their own fishing boats, no less), a newly minted Taittinger Terrace Champagne and oyster bar, and of course sublime views of the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas Bay, and Land’s End. Proposals are so common here that wedding coordinators are on standby, ever ready to help plan and stage the ultimate destination wedding. Any meal at Mona Lisa is memorable, but for the maximum experience, synchronize your dinner reservation with the sunset.

Palapa Azul, Playa El Tecolote, La Paz

The beaches of La Paz – the capital city of Baja Sur since it became a state in 1974 – are incredibly beautiful, and also serve as sites for some of the area’s best barefoot dining. Playa El Tecolote is triply blessed, since it’s home to soft sand, the eclectic offerings of Palapa Azul, and incredible views centered around uninhabited offshore island Espiritu Santo. The restaurant is easy to spot, since it’s the only one around housed in a hollowed out boat. Grab a table beachside, order up a bucket of ice cold beer, and sample local specialties like chocolate clams and marlin en escabeche while enjoying the spectacular surroundings.

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Videos We Loved

We didn’t make any of these videos, but we’re happy to share them, since they show off the spectacular natural beauty of our favorite place on earth, as well as the special character of its inhabitants.

Baja Year in Review - 2015

A Taste of Baja

Baja Taste, a one-hour documentary about the vibrant culinary scene in the Baja California peninsula’s northern state, enjoyed its world premiere in the southern one, at the 4th annual Los Cabos International Film Festival. In fact, it was the festival’s concluding film, enjoying an enthusiastic reception at Plaza Mijares in San Jose del Cabo.

The documentary, which was directed by Roberto Najera and produced by Adriana Santos, spotlights many of the chefs who have spearheaded the state’s culinary renaissance, and helped to promote destination food and wine tourism in Tijuana, Ensenada, Rosarito and the Valle de Guadalupe: chefs such as Miguel Angel Guerrero, creator of the influential Baja Med movement; Javier Plascencia, scion of Tijuana’s most famous family of restaurateurs; Diego Hernandez, the man behind wine country standout Corazon de Tierra; and Oso Campos, whose mobile Tacos Kokopelli is at the forefront of Tijuana’s street food scene.

We can’t share the entire film, but you can watch the trailer here.

The Magical World of Espiritu Santo

The Uribe may well be the centerpiece of the most ambitious artificial reef ever created off the Baja California peninsula, but it will not be the first. That honor belongs to the Fang Ming, which along with another vessel confiscated for transporting illegal Chinese immigrants, was sunk near Isla Espiritu Santo – just north of La Paz – in November 1999. The Fang Ming lies approximately 70’ beneath the Sea of Cortez, and is now a thriving habitat for fish, mollusks, sea turtles, and other marine life.

Isla Espiritu Santo itself is breathtakingly beautiful, and a mecca for kayakers and others interested in exploring one of the most magical places on earth. This video captures a bit of that magic.

 

Rush Hour – BJ Baldwin’s Epic Stunt Drive Through Ensenada

BJ Baldwin knows a little bit about driving the peninsula. But the multi-time SCORE Baja 1000 and overall series champion has rarely if ever shown off his skills to greater advantage than in this video sponsored by Monster Energy, in which he takes viewers on an exhilarating tour through Ensenada.

 

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort Presents The Evolution of the Bikini with Amanda Cerny

The hottest new hotel in Cabo San Lucas is Breathless, a hip, adults-only all-inclusive that boasts a prime location at the juncture of the Land’s End city’s marina and its most popular beach, Playa El Medano.  In this special video for the romance focused resort chain, Vine star Amanda Cerny takes a fun look at the evolution of the ladies swimwear.

 

Thanks again for all your support this year. Happy Holidays!

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.