Baja California is a peninsula located in the Pacific Ocean bordering the state of California in the United States and a famous vacation destination for both families and spring breakers who love the area’s dramatic sea landscapes and vast and remote deserts. It is the northernmost and westernmost state of Mexico and offers innumerable options as far as resorts, Baja California vacation rentals and other lodging alternatives. It is divided in two different states, Baja California State; the one that borders the United States and San Diego and Baja California Sur which constitutes half of the peninsula.
Some of the most renowned cities of Baja California include Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito Beach, La Paz, which is the capital of Baja California Sur and Cabo San Lucas. Due to its proximity to the U.S and specifically to California, many kids travel during spring break to enjoy Baja’s coastline and its beautiful beaches. The Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula is less exposed to the open sea and tends to be less rocky than the Pacific side. The southern and central areas of the peninsula are composed by remote deserts while the Pacific area is ideal for beachgoers and surfers in search of adventure.
Although in most of the country knowing some Spanish will really help you and people appreciate your efforts of speaking their language, in Baja California many locals have been or worked in the United States and the knowledge of English is high. You will not have that many problems finding somebody that can translate for you, especially in the north along the border in such towns as La Paz and Los Cabos. Many children also receive English education as a second language in their schools.
There are many things to do in Baja California whether you are visiting on your own, with friends or family. Whale Watching is one of the most popular activities among tourists. The waters of Baja California are home to numerous species of whales including the Humpback and the Orca. If you like diving and snorkeling, Baja California offers great white shark cage diving off Guadalupe Island and a fantastic diversity of marine life accessible to divers and snorkelers at the Sea of Cortez. Kayaking is another favorite with week-long beach camping Kayak tours at the Loreto Marine National Park. If you prefer fishing, this area has long been known for being one of the best places to fish marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo , dorado and roosterfish among others.