Baja California North and South offers so many options it is hard to settle on just one. Baja California is divided into two States. Mexicali is the State capital of Baja California and La Paz is the State Capital of Baja California South. The Northern Baja Peninsula enjoys a Mediteranean Climate with excellent Wine and fine dinning. Where Baja California South has its Beaches and Deep Sea Fishing. Both are excellent destinations for Sun, Fun, and Relaxation
San Jose del Cabo (population of 137,000) which is just below the Tropic of Cancer, is located at the South Eastern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. San Jose has more water thus there are more trees and gardens. Unlike Cabo San Lucas that centers all of its activities around the harbor, San Jose turns in wards highlighting it colonial cite center. Complete with a charming plaza that is the focal point for all evening events. Surrounded by shops and art galleries, and invaded each evening by the locals. San Jose was officially founded in 1730, although it was Hernan Cortes first landed an expedition in 1535. The Church overlooking the Plaza Mijares was rebuilt in 1940. Thursday evenings the Plaza fills up with the local artists from all over Baja to exhibit their artwork; from painting, hand crafts, and fine jewelry are available to purchase. San Jose, unlike San Lucas looks within the peninsula where San Lucas looks towards the Sea. Just east of the city on the East Cape, are some of the most spectacular beaches along an unpaved road along the beach. Just under 90 minutes to the east is Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. It is a good idea to plan in advance your visit. The sea is best visited in the early morning. Over night stays are advised. There you can hire a tour that takes you out into the Sea of Cortez to snorkel with schools of fish. Whales and Sea Turtles are often sighted. There are just too many good things to say about San Jose del Cabo so now it is your turn to discover this
“There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Baja California”— Ernest Hemingway/Mervin Mc Knight
Mexico is an indépendant country with its own laws and rules to follow. It is always important to understand what is to be expected when entering the country with plans on traveling south. It is not necessary to get a visa if you only travel to Ensenada but once you leave Ensenada southward, you might find yourself being fined for not have one. They check points are only designed to stop travelers returning not entering.
Where to Visit and What to See
When traveling past Ensenada, you will be passing through one of the oldest Wine Regions of all of North America. Here you will find lush green valleys wrapped with vineyards and scenic valleys. Once you pass San Quintin, about 5 hours into the trip, the desert will appear. First it is not special other than the fact that the road may at sometimes be pitted and rough. After traveling past Santa Rosalia, you will be entering some of the most beautiful deserts on earth. Full of huge cacti and a diverse range of birds abound.
I suggest for your first trip down the Baja, you stop and spend the night in Guerreo Negro. Here is where you can hire tours to take you out into the Bay and see large schools of whales and other sea life. You deserve a rest, you should have been driving close to 12 hours upon arriving here.
The following day you will be crossing over the peninsula, leave the cold rough Pacific Ocean to the plate like Sea of Cortez. But before you make it to the other side, you will need to stop and see the Oasis of San Ignacio. There you will find thousands of Palm Trees, a large fresh water lagoon, and a 17th Centry Church. Continuing East, you will finally reach the Sea of Cortez as you drop down a winding road down to Santa Rosalia. Here you will come across an old French Mining Town that has a feel of New Orleans. Complete with a prefabricated metal Church designed by Gustavo Eiffel in 1884. Upon leaving Santa Rosalia you will come across Mulage (which is the municipal capital). Mulage has the most beautiful Beaches of all of the Baja. Here you will find picture perfect Bays, Islands, Golden Sand Beaches. The water is calm, warm and clear. Here you have found paradise on earth. Since there are not a lot of hotels to choose from, bring your camping gear. The nights can get chilly but the break of day is spectacular. The starry nights only take a back seat to the Sunrise
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