Baja California is one of the most amazing corners in Mexico but it is sometimes disregarded by holidaymakers who travel this North American country. In most cases, the typical Riviera Maya, Cancun or the capital city (Mexico DF) end up being the preferred destinations. And that’s a pity because in some of these areas tourism is limited to staying in a hotel or resort, without discovering the real treasures of a country like Mexico.
Baja California is a long peninsula in North-western Mexico whose most southern point is the beautiful city of Cabo San Lucas. This land was obviously named after the state of California, in the United States, just above it. The peninsula of Baja California actually encompasses two different states in Mexico: Baja California, bordering the United States, and Baja California Sur, in the lower half of the peninsula.
Discovering the north of Baja California
This is actually quite a vast territory comprising major cities such as Tijuana or Mexicali. These cities are located in the US border and are well known for being gates to the US, which provides them with a rich historical background.
In this northern area we have as well Ensenada, in the Pacific coast. This land features iconic spots such as the Bufadora, kind of a cavern or cliff that creates a huge spout of sea water, or the wine route, a big portion of land packed with wine yards stretching between the towns of Valle de Guadalupe and Santo Tomás. The colourful scenery created by these wine yards is a treat for the eyes. This is a good place to book a hotel for a couple of days, especially if you travel with your better half, as you can feel romantic vibes all around.
Baja California is especially rich in scenic drives, particularly in the southern region. There is no lack of natural parks and it is home to a remarkable variety of plants and animals. Examples of this are the Área Natural Protegida Valle de los Cirios or the Reserva de la Biosfera el Vizcaíno. They are great places to go hiking, spend the night surrounded by nature or bath in the lakes and rivers.
Caribbean beaches in the Pacific
The coastline offers dream beaches not so overcrowded as those in the Riviera Maya, for instance. This is the case of Bahía de los Ángeles or San Quintín, wonderful places as well to enjoy water sports. In the lower part of the peninsula there are vibrant towns like La Paz or Cabo San Lucas, mentioned before. These are rather small, quite towns whose beaches, despite being in the Pacific Ocean are totally Caribbean-looking.
If you want to see another side of Mexico, Baja California is the perfect place to do so. The scenery of this part of Mexico is unparalleled.
We recommend you to explore the tours offered both for water and land activities, including whale-watching and quad biking.
Where to exchange currency in Mexico
Global Exchange Mexico (Globo Cambio) has 26 bureaux de change in 9 cities across the country located at airports and hotels of Mexico D.F., Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. There is an immediate availability of up to 29 foreign currencies in their branches during long opening hours –around the clock in most cases. Find all information in their website.
If you’re heading to Mexico and want to get your Mexican pesos before taking the plane, visit Global Exchange. With over 220 branches in 20 countries, there are the best for your foreign exchange needs.