Baja Sur is where the majority of Baja magic happens. While much of Baja Norte is mired under the influence of a gringo mentality, with the exception of Los Cabos, the majority of Baja Sur is still wild Baja. Relax on the unspoiled beaches of Bahia Concepcion with nothing but the stars as your companions, or drive the dusty backroads of desert saltflats en route to some of the most fabled surf spots on the planet. You can get crazy on the booze cruises and nightclubs of the Los Cabos resort complex, or simply have a lazy conversation with a fisherman in a dusty bay that most mapmakers have forgotten. Whatever your destination, there is a Baja for everyone.
When To Go:
While there is never a bad time to be in Baja, most of Baja Sur is actually a wintertime getaway. Temperatures in most of Baja Sur will hover in the 70s and 80s in the winter months, wth dry, clear skies, and comfortable breezes. This is also the “high season”, so tourist areas such as Los Cabos, La Paz, and Loreto can be packed and pricey.
Summer months in Baja Sur (May-September) bring with them exceptional heat (easily over 100 in many places, expecially inland areas), occassional rains in August and September, and the threat of a Pacific Coast hurricane rolling across the peninsula. For surfers, summer is also the time that large SW swells roll onto shore and can turn places like San Juanico, Abreojos, Punta Conejo, and Los Cabos into a desert wonderland.
Always have Mexican auto insurance when driving in Baja. Without insurance you go to jail if there is an accident, even if it isn’t your fault. Also, it is never a good idea to drive at night. It is required to obtain a tourist card for people who will be traveling south of Ensenada, or who plan on being in Mexico for over 72 hours.
The Vagabond’s Personal Baja Sur Favorites:
1. Sleep under the stars in Bahia Concepcion
2. Early morning surf session at Scorpion Bay, San Juanico
3. Enjoy a roadside cafe or cerveza in artsy Todos Santos
4. Get weird with some margaritas from The Office, Cabo San Lucas
5. The coastal sand dunes of Rancho El Migrino
6. Hang out and surf the outpost fishing village of Abreojos
7. Cool of in the lagoon under the date palms of San Ignacio
8. Stroll the downtown of historic Santa Rosalia
9. Midday tacos outside of Los Barrilles
10. Drive the “North Road” from Scorpion Bay and hope for the best
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