With breathtakingly beautiful desert landscapes and sparkling waters teeming with marine life, Baja California Sur is one of our most popular destinations. For 25 years, our handcrafted kayaking and whale watching itineraries have been bringing adventurous travelers’ dreams to life, thanks to our incredible local partners and commitment to sustainable travel. If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, we thought we’d share with you 13 reasons why this northwesterly Mexican state is so special and why you should visit. 

 

touching a whale while kayaking

1. Marine Life Encounters

It’s no secret that Baja California Sur offers some incredible marine life encounters, both above and below the water’s surface. You don’t even have to get wet to see its famous Mobula rays in full flight, propelling themselves up to nine feet in the air, or watch as pods of dolphins play alongside the bow of your boat. But perhaps Baja’s most iconic seasonal residents are its whale, with blue, minke, grey and whale sharks (not whales, but cool none the less!) all frequenting its waters. 

Trip Idea: Magdalena Bay Whale Watching

 

kayaking under a rock formation

2. Dramatic Rock Formations

Over thousands of years, the coast of Baja California Sur has been carved by the continual crash of waves, creating fascinating rock formations. You can witness the distinctive Cabo San Lucas Arch at the extreme south of the peninsula or explore “Mushroom Rock” that protrudes from the waters off La Paz. Plenty of other little-known rock formations can be found around every corner, awaiting your discovery. 

Trip Idea: Isla San Jose Kayaking Adventure

 

old spanish missionary church

3. Spanish Mission History

From the late 17th century, the Spaniards established religious outposts across Baja California Sur to spread the Christian doctrine among the indigenous population. Today, the legacy of the Jesuits, the Franciscans, and the Dominicans can be seen in the numerous missions that dot the region, serving as an enduring legacy of its colonial past. Highlights include admiring the ornate architecture of the Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó, touring the historic San Javier Mission outside of Loreto and exploring the early settlements of La Paz. 

Trip Idea: San Ignacio Lagoon Whale Watching 

 

camping on the beach

4. Beach Camping

Camping on remote beaches is one of the most memorable experiences in Baja California Sur, allowing you to connect with nature and experience its incredible wildlife in peace. Settle in around the campfire with your fellow travelers to recount the day’s adventures, then fall asleep to the gentle ebb and flow of the waves right outside your tent. It’s an experience that words just don’t do justice to - you have to experience it for yourself!

Trip Idea: Kayaking and Whale Watching Combo

 

man surf casting

5. World-Class Fishing 

The Sea of Cortez is regularly referred to as “The World’s Greatest Fish Trap” and for good reason. It’s one of the most biologically rich seas on Earth, with more than 900 different fish species and over 2,000 marine invertebrates flourishing in its waters. Understandably, this also makes it an incredibly bountiful fishing destination, with yellowfin tuna, marlin, and sailfish just some of the species that anglers regularly pluck for dinner. 

Trip Idea: Isla Carmen Circumnavigation

 

shooting guns in the mountains

6. Canyon Hiking 

Aside from its majestic coastline, Baja California Sur is renowned for its beguiling desert landscapes and rugged canyons that can be explored on hikes of all levels and durations. Venture into this stunning wilderness ignited by the vibrant red blooms of ocotillo, with desert-adapted species that have long thrived in the volcanic terrain. Amidst the red-tinged sands, palm groves appear like mirages on the horizon, offering incredible photographic opportunities. 

Trip Idea: Cowboys and Cave Paintings 

 

kayaking in turquoise waters

7. World Class Kayaking

Baja California Sur’s rugged coastline is made for kayaking, with breathtakingly beautiful backdrops and abundant wildlife encounters. Gently paddling through the crystal clear, turquoise waters is an ideal way to explore the region, accompanied by inquisitive sea turtles and characterful blue-footed boobies. Far from the noise and hustle of the city, our kayaking adventures are an opportunity to revel in Mother Nature’s creation in all its glory. 

Trip Idea: Islands of Loreto Bay Kayaking Tour

 

bright fish under water

8. Snorkeling Adventures

It was Jacques Cousteau who dubbed the Sea of Cortez “The Aquarium of the World” and one look below its surface you’ll understand why. Snorkeling in Baja California Sur is really like being in an aquarium, with myriad tropical fish and big pelagics surrounding you at every turn. Come face-to-face with docile sea turtles and swim alongside playful sea lion pups as they learn to maneuver their flippers. Add to that the opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks and it just doesn’t get any better. 

Trip Idea: Isla Coronado Skiff and Snorkel Tour

 

fresh baked rolls in the oven

9. Gastronomic Experiences

With a marine life-filled sea on your doorstep, expect to be treated to incredible culinary experiences during your Baja California Sur tour. Think freshly-prepared ceviche using fish caught that very morning and traditional Hispanic dishes you can’t find at home. If you want to get hands-on, you can also learn to make delicious tortillas, then feast on your creations. 

Trip Idea: Every trip

 

bird perched on a tree branch

10. Plentiful Birding

Around 400 species of birds have been recorded in Baja California Sur, some of which are endemic to the region (such as the small Baird's junco, pictured above) and others that visit on their annual migration. One of the best destinations for birding is the San José del Cabo estuary whose fresh waters are frequented by a variety of species, while mangrove-fringed Magdalena Bay and San Ignacio Lagoon also offer superb sightings. 

Trip Idea: Magdalena Bay Whale Watching

 

cactus illuminated by moonlight

11. Exceptional Stargazing

Far from the light pollution of the big cities, Baja California Sur offers exceptional stargazing, particularly if you’re camping out on a remote beach. There’s something humbling about looking up at the universe around you while being completely immersed in nature. It’s the perfect way to end an adventurous day of paddling, snorkeling, hiking or wildlife watching in one of the world’s most beautiful corners. 

Trip IdeaLoreto to LaPaz Expedition

 

magdalena bay at sunrise

12. Island Hopping

Baja California Sur’s coastline is littered with uninhabited islands, each of which has its own character. Whether you paddle between them by kayak or explore by boat, island hopping is an idyllic way to spend your well-earned vacation. Discover hidden coves and sea caves far from the crowds of Cabo while meeting some of the feathered and marine species that call the islands “home”. 

Trip Idea: LaPaz to Loreto Island Hopper

 

sand dunes at sunrise

13. Unforgettable Sunsets 

There’s no better way to end an adventure-fueled day than by watching the sun sink below the horizon with a cocktail in hand. And the great news is, you don’t have to be at an all-inclusive resort to make it happen. Sink your feet into the sand at your remote beach campsite, with nothing but the natural beauty of Baja California Sur surrounding you as you raise your glass to another unforgettable day in paradise. 

Trip Idea: Magical Magdalena Bay 

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