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Baja California Sur

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Baja California Sur is Mexico's youngest state (formed from a federal territory in 1973), which covers the southern half of the Baja California peninsula.

Baja California Sur
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Quick Facts
Capital La Paz
Government Mexican State
Currency Mexican Peso (MXN)
Area 73,909 km2
Population 691,161(2012 est.)
Language Spanish, Mixteco, Náhuatl, Zapoteco(No official language)
Religion Roman Catholic 93.0%, Other 7%
Electricity 127V/60Hz(North American(U.S.) plug)
Time Zone UTC -7/-6



Other destinations[edit]

  • Los Barriles
  • Los Frailes
  • San Javier - a charming little village located in the mountains behind Loreto. Most Baja visitors stick to the coast and miss a lot of the charming, very rustic little villages located in the interior backcountry. There's an impressive church, a few places to eat and drink, and a basic hotel. You can drive to San Javier, but the best way to go is to hire a horse or mule for the journey from Loreto.
  • Todos Santos Famous for Hotel California. Small and quaint with many artists and galleries. South of Todos Santos is one of Baja's better surfing destinations, Cerritos Beach.


Baja California Sur is generally arid, but the southernmost tip (the Cabo area) is tropical, as it lies beneath the Tropic of Cancer and has consistently warm sea temperatures to moderate the climate.


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Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Cave Paintings Various archaeological sites can be toured in the rugged mountains.


Do[edit][add listing]

  • Diving and Snorkeling Excellent scuba, free diving, and snorkeling nearby due to the fantastic diversity of marine life. The convergence of tropical influences from the south and temperate conditions from the north bring together an amazing array of species. Local dive shops and charters are available.
  • Fishing This region has long been regarded as one of the best places for fishing. Marlin, sailfish, tuna, yellowtail, wahoo, roosterfish, and dorado are abundant in the blue waters surrounding the peninsula.
  • Kayaking Week-long beach camping kayak tours of the wilderness islands in the Loreto Marine National Park. Local guides, access to prime whale watching and snorkeling. 360-378-5767 or 888-589-4253, [email protected] Kayaking Tours from Loreto, Mexico
  • Participate in conservation activities and explore National Parks Baja California Sur is home to numerous conservation projects (including sea turtle conservation projects, land and water management, whale shark projects, bird monitoring, and others) and several Natural Protected Areas from marine parks, islands, and sierras.
  • Whale Watching The waters off Baja California are home to several species of great whales including Blue, Fin, Bryde's, Humpback, Orca, Sperm, and many others. This is perhaps the richest area in the world for whale and dolphin diversity.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Since this is a coastal region, you can get fresh seafood almost everywhere. Try all kinds of fish, shrimps, lobsters, manta ray, abulón, snail, oysters, marlins, etc.

Fish Tacos[edit]

In BCS and La Paz, you will find the best fish tacos in Mexico. Stands and restaurants specialize in them, and they are available at most other restaurants. It's a light meal and cheap to eat (MXP 25-35 per taco). Note: many fish taco places close around 15:00, so go for breakfast or lunch.

How to order fish tacos:

  • Fish type: pescado (standard fish), camarones (shrimp), marlin ahumado (smoked marlin), mantaraya (manta ray), pulpo (octopus)
  • Styles: capeado (fried - most common), a la placha (grilled), encebolla (sauteed with onions)
  • Shells: harina (flour - this is usually what to get), maize (corn), dorado (crispy corn)
  • Spicy: A la Diabla - with a spicy red sauce
  • You will dress your own tacos with plentiful salsa bars, crema, cabbages, and hot sauces

Drink[edit][add listing]

The drinking age in Baja California Sur, as well as all of Mexico, is 18.

Stay safe[edit]

Although generally safe, it is probably wise to camp with others or in organized campgrounds.

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