Many Baja travelers forego traveling the peninsula during the summer in favor of cooler seasons, but there are lots of reasons to head south of the border this summer. Check out our top ten things to do in Baja this summer!
1. Join a Fishing Tournament
Summer is undoubtedly the best season for fishing in Baja. Spots like the East Cape, Cabo, and Loreto are always popular for sportfishing in Baja California Sur. This summer the government for the state of Baja California (norte) will once again be hosting a series of fishing tournaments in various places throughout the state. More information available on the Copa Baja California website or Facebook page.
2. Kayak with the Whale Sharks
One of the wonders of the peninsula is the presence of the whale sharks that visit the waters of the Sea of Cortez. These gentle giants come close to the shore and surface in places like La Paz and Bahía de los Ángeles, offering visitors the unique opportunity to swim, snorkel, and kayak with them. There are tour operators in both places that specialize in taking people to see and visit the whale sharks. In Bahía de los Ángeles, you can kayak out to visit them on your own (try the southern bay or Rincón which is usually one of the best spots for seeing them from mid summer to early fall).
3. Cycle the Streets of Cabo
Every Sunday from 7am to 11am, the zona centro of Cabo San Lucas shuts down the streets to car traffic and allows cyclists to overrun the streets for ciclovía. Grab a bike (and helmet) and join the fun! Check out the Cabo Ciclovia Facebook page for more information.
4. Celebrate the Valle de Guadalupe Wine Harvest
The Valle de Guadalupe Fiestas de la Vendimia is celebrating it’s 32nd year hosting the popular wine harvest festival. The three-week festival is comprised of parties ranging from small private wine pairing dinners to large events with 100 different wineries participating. If you don’t want to have to endure the heat of Valle in late summer, the Muestra del Vino is one of the best events of the festival and takes place in the evening on the cool coast of Ensenada. For tickets and more information about the Fiestas de la Vendimia, visit the Provino website.
5. Hike Northern Baja
There are a number of coastal areas in northern Baja that are finally embracing the hiking scene with new marked trails for enjoying fresh air with scenic views. Rosarito, Ensenada, San Quintín, are all great areas for hiking and even have dedicated hiking groups and Facebook pages. Check out our archive of articles on hiking for more information and inspiration.
6. Explore the Beer Scene in Tijuana
There has been an explosion of craft breweries and tasting rooms over the past decade in northern Baja, and Tijuana is one of the best cities for exploring some of them. The TJ beer scene echoes the popular San Diego craft beer scene but brings a unique spin and flavor. There are tasting rooms all over downtown Tijuana where you can grab a tasting flight or a pint to check out a selection of brews. Read this San Diego Reader article by TJ local Matthew Suárez for some of the best spots to try. When you’ve had your fill of cerveza, grab some of Tijuana’s incredible street tacos.
7. Catch a Wave
From top to tip, the peninsula is full of great surfing spots along the Pacific side. Take an adventurous road trip to San Juanico (Scorpion Bay), paddle out on the West Cape, or take a lesson in Ensenada. There are waves and surfing destinations to match all levels of surfing skills and desires for adventure.
8. Take a Foodie Road Trip
From street tacos and craft beer in Tijuana, to fresh seafood in Ensenada, and the best of Mexican wine in Valle de Guadalupe, Northern Baja is an unrivaled culinary destination. See our article here for a number of different trip itineraries for Northern Baja.
9. Check out the Rosarito Art Scene
The coastal town of Rosarito has a lot more than just beautiful beaches and a party scene to offer these days. The growing culinary scene is accompanied by a vibrant art scene. Galleries feature the work of local artists and there is incredible street art throughout the town. To fully embrace the movement, stay at the Rosarito Beach Hotel and request one of the rooms featuring a new mural by local artist Jamie Carbó (room 419 pictured right). If you’re looking for more traditional handicrafts or souvenirs, you’ll find them at the local artisan market on the main street in town just north of restaurant El Nido.
10. Go Camping in the Sierras
When the temperature on the peninsula heats up, it’s time to head up in elevation. Two mountain ranges in Northern Baja, the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir and the Sierra Juarez have two national parks (The Parque Nacional San Pedro Mártir and Parque Nacional Constitución de 1857 respectively) that offer the perfect respite for camping in the pines. We love Laguna Hanson in The Parque Nacional Constitución de 1857 for camping and exploring and there are plenty of camping sites and hiking spots throughout the San Pedro Mártir. Check out the The Parque Nacional Constitución de 1857 Facebook page or our Guide to the San Pedro Mártir for more information.