Baja California Sur


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Baja California Sur occupies the southern half of the Baja Penninsula. The state has the longest coastline and the most islands of any state in Mexico. One third of its area is ecologically protected.

Baja California Sur is bordered by Baja California to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Gulf of California to the east. Its main municipalities are La Paz, Los Cabos, Comondú and Loreto.

San José del Cabo lies 20 miles north-east of Cabo San Lucas. It is a larger commercial center with more full-time residents. Its colonial Spanish heart centers around the mission, city hall and central plaza.

San José del Cabo is known for the attractive streets of the Gallery District. On Thursday evenings, an Art Walk features open galleries, artists in attendance and wine tastings.

Art galleries display a range of traditional and contemporary paintings, sculptures and decorative arts by local artists.

The village of Todos Santos, initially founded as a mission in 1724, has been declared one of Mexico's "magical towns," a designation of cultural, historical or natural significance.

Todos Santos lies on the Tropic of Cancer and hosts an annual Music and Art Festival by that name.


With a more tropical climate, access to surfing beaches, and unique cultural and dining experiences, Todos Santos has captured the interest of adventure travellers.

An example of the artistic flourishes that adorn the entire village of Todos Santos is this Aztec calendar on the wall of a shop.

The beautiful Hotel California in Todos Santos is incorrectly attributed to being the inspiration for the Eagles' song.

La Paz, lying 100 miles north-east of Cabo, is the capital of Baja California Sur. It serves as a center for accessing water and land activities such as swimming with whale sharks and sand dune surfing.

Along La Paz's 2.5 mile waterfront promenade, the Malecón, are a statue of Jacques Cousteau and sculptures of whales, dolphins and other sea life.

At La Paz's cultural center an interesting display outlines the history of indigenous people, missionaries, ranchers and fishers.

A rich artistic heritage is reflected in the street art, commercial sites, and tourist offerings seen in all the towns of the area.

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Balandra Bay is made up of seven beaches surrounded by rocky hills.

At Balandra Bay, people snorkel, kayak, stand-up paddle board and explore among the rock formations of the clear shallow waters.

Some beaches are known for their snorkelling opportunities, including Santa Maria Bay, Los Barriles, El Tecolote, and Coromuel seen here.

The Gulf of California is home to 36 species of mammals; 31 cetaceans, five of the world´s seven sea turtles and more than 700 fish species, sharks included.


A beautiful assortment of indigenous and introduced plants are suited to the desert climate.

A number of working ranches is the region offer horseback riding tours of the dramatic landscapes.

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This site was last updated 01/28/23