10 Reasons to visit Baja California

10 Reasons to visit Baja California

Located in northern Mexico, Baja offers unique experiences worthwhile living; our location, identity, gastronomic fusions and amazing views that range from deserts, to valleys; the vibrant and creative Tijuana and the wine paradise at Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada.

You are invited to discover these 10 reasons to visit Baja California.

1.- The most important contemporary gastronomic scene in Mexico.

Today 32% of Baja’s visitors are motivated by the food. It’s evident that the growth and international echo that the gastronomic scene has caused is well backed up: 80% of craft beer in Mexico is produced here, winning “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Beer” 5 years in a row. We also have a thriving and urban gastronomic scene, the most important in the country with over 100 food trucks and 24 gastroparks, and to top it off, Baja produces 90% of the wine in Mexico.

When in Tijuana, you mustn’t miss the traditional Caesar’s Salad, savor the tasty Puerto Nuevo Style lobsters in Rosarito Beach, enjoy a fresh Ensenada seafood tostada, oriental food in Mexicali, the bread in Tecate and signature cuisine in Baja where creativity and fresh elements of the region stand out.

2.- Border identity, a land of talent.

The richness of our culture begins with the first settlers of this land, nomad groups and missionaries; history you can learn about by visiting Museo de las Californias at CECUT (Tijuana Cultural Center), San Quintin Regional Museum, “Semeel Jak” Museum at San Pedro Martir and Valle de Mexicali Museum.

Being a dynamic border, influences from all over the world converge to create its own.

Some artists that represent us: Nortec Collective, Javier BátizJulieta VenegasCarla MorrisonRamonaReikMatisse, among others.

We have several cultural spaces, among them you’ll find Cecut(Tijuana Cultural Center) where one of the most important cultural festivals in northern Mexico is held: Entijuanarte, welcoming around 100 thousand assistants each year.

Some other cultural spaces you mustn’t miss: Casa de la Cultura in Tijuana, CEART in Mexicali, Museo Comunitario de Tecate, and Museo del Vino en el Valle de Guadalupe (wine museum).

3.- The world's aquarium.

San Felipe is located south of Mexicali, the gateway to the Sea of Cortez. The late French explorer Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez the world’s aquarium. Here you’ll find warm and calm waters, white sandy beaches, indeed one of the most popular relaxing destinations to visit.

You must visit Valle de los Gigantes, this place is home to enormous candle cacti, a species of cactus that grows on the desert sand, they reach up to 21 m high; this reserve holds 1,200 cacti. It can be found on Punta Estrella Ranch. To the south of San Felipe you’ll find this “natural Jacuzzi”; hot springs to relax in, while enjoying a unique view of the Sea of Cortez. Many tourists come here for therapeutic purposes.

Two relaxing paradises are located here: Bahia de los Angeles and Bahia San Luis Gonzaga; we suggest you take a boat tour to the surrounding islands; you’ll also have the opportunity to swim along whale sharks, great sports fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and wind surfing.

4.- Whale watching, an unforgettable experience.

Watching the Gray Whale during its migration from the cold waters of Alaska, all the way to the coasts of the Baja California peninsula is without a doubt something you need to live in our state. An experience of a lifetime!

This can be lived during the months of December and April, attracting hundreds of visitors excited to see this miracle of nature: the epic journey of whales searching for the warm waters of Baja California for the births of their young. These huge mammals reach up to 15 meters in longitude and to the surprise of many, they’re used to human contact but you must follow official rules around this activity.

Ensenada is one of the best whale-watching spots. From the boat you can admire the beautiful scene of these whales in all their splendor and playing with their babies in the open sea. Don’t forget your camera!

The trip lasts approx. 4 hours and the cost varies according to the number of people or type of boat. There are plenty of authorized boats. Don’t miss out on this unique experience! Learn more here.

5.- The best place to stargaze.

At about a 6-hour drive South from Tijuana towards the Ensenada Scenic road, the view will leave you breathless.

Beginning at the town known as San Telmo in Ensenada, 100 kilometers of incredible panoramas await: mountains, vegetation and trees decorate the way. Along the journey you can admire the California condor and at Sierra San Pedro Martir you can rent a cabin or camp under the stars.

The National Astronomical Observatory is open for visits from 10am to 3pm; this observatory is considered the 3rd. best observatory in the world. In front of the observatory you can view the highest peak in Baja California: Picacho de Diablo, standing over 3,200 meters above sea level, you can also see the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez.

6.- Home of the Wine Country.

90% of wine in Mexico is produced here; and over 100 vineyards and wine cellars are open to the public. From Valle de Tanama in Tecate, passing through cellars in Tijuana and Rosarito, all the way to Valle de Guadalupe “The Heart of the Wine Country”, extending to Ojos Negros and the valleys of Santo Tomas and San Vicente wine is with out a doubt one more reason to visit Baja.
Chef, Anthony Bourdain referred to this region as ¨A Little Tuscany¨.
Its just one of those places you never want to leave. Along the years, several festivities involving wine culture have sprouted, like Fiestas de la Vendimia, food festivals and concerts. The Baja wine country attracts over 600 thousand visitors per year.

7.- The only “Pueblo Magico” in the border.

“Our Magical Town”. The only “Pueblo Magico” (places across the country that imbue certain characteristics that make them unique and historically significant) located on the border; where the Wine Route begins, with some of the oldest vineyards in the state.

It is also home to the world famous Tecate beer and the Best Destination Spa in the world for 4 years in a row (Travel + Leasure) , Rancho La Puerta.

8.- Unique natural settings that will leave you breathless.

We have over 160 ranches and pool parks; with a natural reserve of 38% of the territorial extension of the state, and over 1,500 kilometers of coast and 2 national parks.

Here you’ll find one of the largest natural gems of Baja California: La Rumorosa. Be captivated by the unique landscapes and natural diversity. La Bufadora in Ensenada, the second biggest geyser in the world. One of the most popular attractions in Ensenada; the water bursts can reach up to 20m high. La Lobera in San Quintin is a majestic site in the form of a crater, located near El Rosario. When you arrive you’ll find a naturally formed crater with a viewpoint, from here you can admire and take pictures of dozens of seals and sea lions arriving to rest and sunbathe.

9.- Great White Shark at Isla de Guadalupe.

You can observe the Great White Shark, known as one of the greatest and fiercest predators of the sea by getting in a cage and submerging in the clear waters of Guadalupe Island. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can admire this aquatic giant.

After leaving the port of Ensenada and traveling for 18 hours into the sea, you’ll live one of the best experiences of your life during the season of May-November.

10.- People.

Every great destination has great people; Baja Californians are warm and welcoming, always open to share about the culture, food, traditions and the natural richness of the land. Baja California awaits you arrival.

Fuente: Bajanorte