Traveling the Baja peninsula by car is a road trip through paradise. Whether you love to snorkel, surf, or relax on the beach with a Piña Colada you will find your beach paradise in Baja!
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Brittany is the author and designer of The Rolling Pack. She travels full time with her partner, Tom, and their dog, Indy, in a 1989 Toyota Dolphin motorhome. They have been on the road since September 2016, and love the freedom and excitement of camper life! To keep up with their travels follow The Rolling Pack using the links at the bottom of this post.
We spent the winter of 2016 road tripping through Baja, and I cannot imagine a better way to see this incredible destination!
The Baja peninsula sits between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, just south of the states of California and Arizona. Baja is famous for it’s low population and untouched beaches, which are easily accessible by car.
We traveled Baja in a 1989 Toyota Dolphin motorhome, but we met road trippers of all sorts! Car campers, van dwellers, campers in converted ambulances- you name a vehicle and we probably ran into it on the Baja peninsula.
Baja’s big draw is the vast variety of secluded, pristine beaches. Baja beaches are famously empty, with wildlife viewing that absolutely blew our minds. We regularly parked right on the sand, with an unbroken view of the Sea of Cortez or the Pacific Ocean. From the shore we saw humpback whales, dolphins, sting rays, and a huge variety of shore birds.
Cabo Pulmo, near the southern tip of Baja, is a world class diving destination with a protected coral reef. If you SCUBA, diving Cabo Pulmo is a must-do in Baja. Amazingly, if you arrive in Cabo Pulmo by car you can camp on several beaches in the area free of charge!
We stayed on a free beach in Cabo Pulmo for two weeks, snorkeling the reef right off the beach every morning, and sipping Tecate with lime as the sun went down every evening.
This level of affordability is true through the majority of Baja. Our ocean front campsites cost anywhere from $0 (yes, many were free!) to $10 USD per night. Our absolute favorite spot in Baja, Bahía Concepción, cost us $5 USD per night for a campsite right on the water where we could watch dolphins from our palapa (a small wooden shade hut that comes with many campsites in Baja).
Baja is an incredible ecotourism destination, with huge areas of protected and untouched land where wildlife flourish. Gray whale watching is the most popular tour in Baja, and with good reason!
The annual gray whale migration brings thousands of gray whales to three lagoons in Baja where they breed and give birth. In January through March it is possible to take a boat into these lagoons where you can see newborn gray whale calves up close! This is a once in a lifetime experience that cannot be missed.
Baja is also famous for it’s seafood! We regularly bought fresh fish, shrimp, and clams from local fishermen. You will find ceviche and huge shrimp cocktails available at nearly every taco stand and restaurant in Baja. Do you like to catch your own dinner? Fishing is very popular in Baja, and there are plenty of opportunities for shore fishing or deep sea fishing.
We enjoyed our Baja road trip so much that we plan to return again this winter. If you are considering a Mexican vacation, I would absolutely recommend a Baja road trip!
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