Visitors travel to the Baja Mexico coast for fishing, surfing, seafood, desert flora, cave paintings, Spanish Missions, whales, and the constant sunshine. The beaches' deep clear waters along the coastline are perfect for sport fishing and whale watching excursions. Several fine golf courses are accessible from the ports of call, and you'll also find sailing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. Cabo San Lucas is the most popular destination along the Baja Peninsula
Cabo San Lucas, San Jose Del Cabo, and Todos Santo are popular cruise destinations in the Los Cabos area. Other popular ports to the north are Ensenada and Catalina Island.
The low down on the most popular Baja Mexico cruise destinations:
Cabo San Lucas: The party capital of Baja Mexico, Cabo San Lucas is teeming with clubs, bars, party boats and also has duty-free local shops. Watersports and sightseeing are other popular activities that Cabo San Lucas vacationers pursue.
San Jose Del Cabo: Adjacent to Cabo San Lucas, this Mexican city is quieter and smaller.
Ensenada: Mexico's second-busiest port is just 68 miles from the US border. This city is filled with history, as some sites date back to its "discovery" in 1542. Ensenada's three biggest industries are fishing, shipping and tourism.
Todos Santos: Located in the Los Cabos vicinity, this Mexican town offers scenic beaches and a traditional Mexican experience.
Catalina Island: 22 miles off the California coast, Catalina Island is not connected to Baja Mexico but is still included in most Baja Mexico cruise itineraries. Nicknamed the "island of romance," Catalina sports Mediterranean-style shops, restaurants, hotels and sites for watersports. Cars are limited here, and most people travel on foot, on bike, or with a golf cart.
Los Arcos: Rocks protruding from Cabo San Lucas into the Sea of Cortez; one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo San Lucas Party Restaurants: No shortage of them here; a sample of late night hotspots includes El Squid Roe, Hard Rock Cafe, Coyote Ugly, Carlos 'n' Charlie's and Cabo Wabo Cantina, Concert Hall & Restaurant.
Cabo San Lucas Party Boats: Contact your cruise line for reservations.
Cabo San Lucas Beaches: Playa Mendano, Lover’s Beach, Solmar Beach.
San Jose: A 20-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas; activities here include upscale shopping, a historic mission site, and Cacti Mundo Botanical Garden.
Land's End: The southern tip of the Baja peninsula is an ideal site for scuba diving.
Cabo San Lucas Golf: A major attraction of Cabo San Lucas is its golf courses; over 6 are available, some of which are internationally ranked.
Cabo San Lucas Excursions: Activities on the shore excursions include horseback riding on the beach, snorkeling, ocean kayaking, hiking, ATV tours, catamaran rides, deep-sea fishing, and exploring the coastline.
Rancho La Verdad H2 Adventure: Explore the mountains and desert of the Baja Peninsula, stopping at La Verdad Ranch and the villages of El Sauzal and Las Pilas.
Historical Tall Ship and Snorkel Tour: Sail past the beaches and rock formations of Cabo San Lucas during a narrated tour; later the ship anchors and you can swim, snorkel, birdwatch and sunbathe.
Corridor Beaches: Sandwiched between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo are numerous beaches and resorts, including Dolphin Beach, Santa Maria Beach, El Tule Beach, El Blendito Beach, Las Viudas Beach, and Palmilla Beach.
Pueblo La Playa: This San Jose Del Cabo beach offers sun, swimming, and horseback riding.
San Jose Del Cabo Sites: Mercado Municipal shopping area, Estero San Jose park, Los Cabo Cultural Center.
Todos Santos Art Gallery: Located in Todos Santos.
Todos Santos Beaches: La Chacora Beach, Las Palmas Beach.
Ensenada Sites: Mexico’s oldest winery, Plaza Civica statues, fish market, shopping plazas, Riviera del Pacifico cultural center.
Punta Bunda: Offers diving, snorkeling, and kayaking near Ensenada.
Whale Watching Excursions: Offered in many Baja locales.
Foxploration: Learn more about movie making and see props and costumes from famous recent and classic movies; located an hour from Ensenada.
La Bufadora: One of the three continuous tidal blowholes in the world is located in southern Ensenada.
Ensenada Golf: Bajamar is a 27-hole golf course offering spectacular views.
Ensenada Parks: Constitucion de 1857 and Sierra de San Pedro Martir.
Green Pleasure Pier: A popular hub of Avalon on Catalina Island. Many ocean excursions depart from here, such as glass bottom boats and submarine adventures.
Catalina Island Beaches: Lover's Cove (for snorkeling), Little Harbor.
Avalon: The largest city in Catalina Island is host to Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden, Catalina Island Museum, Avalon Casino, and Chimes Tower.
Catalina Island Golf: Available at Catalina Island Golf Course.
Catalina Interior Tour: Jeep tour through the rugged and undeveloped side of Catalina Island; available through the Catalina Island Conservancy.
Catalina Island Watersports: Scuba diving is available at Casino Point Marine Park; kayaks can be rented at various locations.
Coastal Eco Rafting Adventure: Explore ten miles of Catalina's coastline, and you will occasionally be visited by sea creatures such as dolphins, sea lions and harbor seals.
Avalon Inland Motor Tour: Bus tour of Catalina; stops include El Rancho Escondido for an Arabian horse demonstration.
Gray Whales can be easily spotted from the shore or the sea from January to April. This site attracts thousands of tourists, scientists, and whale lovers alike each year. Summer is the best season for watersports in the southern Baja peninsula. During the winter, temperatures average 59 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the summer this figure rises to 86 degrees.
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