While we’re stuck at home, we’re busy planning our next Baja trips. Here are five places we can’t wait to get back to when the border reopens and travel resumes.
Sierra de San Pedro Mártir
Why We Love It: If the allure of fresh mountain air, tall pine trees, and wooded hiking trails is calling your name, you’ll be excited to get down to the Parque Nacional Sierra de San Pedro Mártir. With the highest peak in Baja, Picacho del Diablo at over 10,000 feet, and the surrounding mountains, there are plenty of hiking options. Don’t miss the California condors which are being rehabilitated into the wild here. There’s tent camping allowed at designated campsites through the national park, or there are a handful of rustic cabins just outside the entrance to the park. Read more and plan your next trip with our San Pedro Mártir guide or read some of Graham Machintosh’s mountain adventures here or here.
DBTC Insider Tip: If you want to experience the park but you’re looking for more slightly refined accommodations, a stay at nearby Rancho Meling is a peaceful and convenient solution.
The East Cape
Why We Love It: Fishing season will be heating up for the summer along the East Cape and there are plenty of activities in the region for the whole family to enjoy. Get ready for beautiful sunrises over the Sea of Cortez and enjoying days full of fresh fish tacos and cold beers with your toes in the sand. Just inland, the lush Sierra de la Laguna mountains are home to hiking adventures, hot springs, and natural pools and waterfalls.
DBTC Insider Tip: There are a few options for natural hot springs in the area, but if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, The Santa Rita hot springs (pictured here) are our favorite.
Why We Love It: If you’re like us, you’re wishing you were spending your quarantine on a deserted white sand beach along the Sea of Cortez. Maybe you can’t wait to kayak in the turquoise waters of one of the peninsula’s most picturesque spots. Whatever your reason for missing the stunning shores of Bahía Concepción, make it a priority to get down there for some true R&R as soon as you can.
DBTC Insider Tip: Plan your next adventure with Carla King’s epic Bahía Concepción guide.
Valle de Guadalupe
Why We Love It: As the grapes are growing on the vines, we’re itching to get back to Valle de Guadalupe where we can sip on wine while looking out at the vineyards and enjoying fresh Baja California cuisine. The seasonal campestre restaurants will just be getting opened for the summer season, and the more than 100 boutique wineries will be waiting for your return.
DBTC Insider Tip: While a day trip is sufficient to get a taste of the region, the true relaxing nature of the region can only be fully appreciated with a weekend stay. Check out our list of Valle hotels for the best places to stay.
Why We Love It: Colonial charm, epic surfing on beautiful beaches, wonderful art galleries and shops, and great food in a pleasant setting. What’s more to love about the West Cape town of Todos Santos? This tranquil and delightful town draws everyone from chic jet setters to ex-pat artists and zen surfers. Check out some of our favorite spots and things to do in our Todos Santos guide.
DBTC Insider Tip: While the boutique accommodations in Todos Santos are some of our favorite spots on the peninsula, they don’t always work with everyone’s budget. Todos Santos finally has a hostel that budget travelers will enjoy.