The Most Beautiful Beaches in Baja


While Mexico’s beaches along its Caribbean side are often talked about, Baja offers many beautiful beaches of its own. If you’ve purchased one of the homes for sale in Fresno, you have easy access to cheap flights from L.A. to Cabo San Lucas at its southern tip, or you may even want to embark on an adventurous road trip that allows for exploration of its gorgeous stretches of sand from north to south and back again. No matter where you’re located, it’s sure to be worth the trip – after all, there’s a reason Baja California has been reporting record tourism numbers that have been on the increase for several years now.

Playa Tecolote, La Paz

Playa Tecolote is located about a 25-minute drive from downtown La Paz facing the Sea of Cortez and the island of Espiritu Santos. It’s a fabulous swimming beach edged by strikingly clear, brilliant turquoise waters, and a popular place for enjoying a variety of activities, including boat trips out to the island. Visitors can also rent jet skis and other fun toys for playing in the water, while multiple rustic beach shacks line the sands offering cold cervezas and tasty bites for fueling all the fun.

Playa Balandra, La Paz

Just a short drive from Playa Tecolote is Playa Balandra, frequently found at the top or close to it on lists of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches. Its soft white sands are framed by a calm, shallow bay with crystal-clear blue waters with cactus-covered mountains providing the backdrop. At low tide, it’s easy to walk through the water to check out interesting rock formations – the most notable is shaped like a mushroom. Swimming here in the bathwater warm bay is a great way to let all your cares melt away.

Puerto Agua Verde, Loreto

About 10 miles from one of Baja’s most picturesque towns, Loreto, is Puerto Agua Verde, often referred to as a “natural aquarium” with its spectacular bright blue-green waters. Enjoy lounging on the soft sand watching the remarkable mobula rays emerge or get active by snorkeling, swimming or kayaking.

Honeymoon Cove, Loreto

Located in Loreto Bay National Park about 14 miles from the town of Loreto is Honeymoon Cove on Danzante Island. Some say it’s the most beautiful cove in the Sea of Cortez, with the clarity of the water absolutely stunning. Not only can you enjoy swimming or snorkeling, but there are miles and miles of scenic trails for hiking in the surrounding mountains.

Playa de Punta Arena, La Ventana

The ideal beach for enjoying seclusion, sunbathing, snorkeling and diving, Playa de Punta Arena is located about a 30-minute drive from La Ventana, much of which is over a bumpy dirt road. The journey is worth the reward of powder sugar-like sands that edge beautiful cerulean waters home to all sorts of colorful fish, dolphins and the flying mobula rays that can leap as high as six feet above the water’s surface. It’s a treasure-hunter’s dream as well, with countless perfect seashells dotted across the beach.

Playa Medano, Cabo San Lucas

While Medano Beach isn’t the place to go to avoid crowds, it’s the best swimming beach there is in Cabo, and by jumping into the clear blue calm waters, roped off for swimming, you won’t have to worry about bumping elbows with all those tourists. You can also rent kayaks or wave runners, go parasailing or hop aboard a water taxi to check out the unique rock formations at Land’s End. Afterward, there are numerous restaurants, bars and vendors selling souvenirs along the two-mile-long stretch o beach to enjoy.

Have you been to Baja? What are your favorite beaches?


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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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