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Baja California Sur State

Baja California Sur Travel Guide

Everything you need to know about the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico


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Baja California Sur is the third most visited state in Mexico. Just in 2021 alone, San Jose del Cabo International Airport recorded 1,069,834 foreign visitors. There are many direct flights from the US to Los Cabos which is one of the reasons it is still the best weekend destination in Mexico.

The Sea of Cortez in the state is popular for many water activities such as fishing. It is one of the major livelihoods in the state of Baja California Sur along with agriculture and salt mining.

July to October is surfing season when many surfers from all over the globe visit Baja California Sur surf destinations like Todos Santos, El Pescadero, East Cape, and the Scorpion Bay. Every October, Cabo San Lucas hosts the biggest fishing competition, Bisbee’s. The area of La Ventana is also full during windsurfing season (from November until April). San Jose del Cabo is home to the best all-inclusive resorts in the country.

Fun fact: Hotel California song by The Eagles is believed to be inspired by Hotel California in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur.

🇲🇽 Baja California Sur quick info

  • Location: open on Google maps
  • Timezone: Mountain Daylight Time (GMT -6)
  • Capital: La Paz
  • Population: 798,447 (2020 Census)
  • Size: 28,369 square miles
  • Year established: 1974
  • Major cities by population: La Paz (219,596) San Jose del Cabo (164,162) Ciudad Constitución (63,830) Santa Rosalia (52,743) Loreto (11,839)

What is the difference between Baja California and Baja California Sur?

Baja California is in the northern part of Mexico, about 30 minutes from San Diego, California. It is a separate state from Baja California Sur with Mexicali as its capital.

Baja California Sur is in the southern part of the Peninsula. These two used to be just one Mexican state but Baja California Sur was declared a separate independent state in 1974.

Where does the name Baja California come from?

The theory about the origin of the name “Baja California” came from the Spaniards. In Garcia Rodriguez de Montalvos novel, Las sergas de Esplandian, there was an island called calida fornax which means hot oven.

Is Baja California Sur worth visiting?

ABSOLUTELY! Baja California Sur is the third most visited state in Mexico. Travelers from the USA are fond of visiting Los Cabos, Todos Santos, and La Paz. Baja California Sur is still not as touristic as Cancun or Quintana Roo so you’ll definitely have a different experience here.

What is Baja California Sur known for?

Baja California Sur is known for its beaches, deserts, great waters, ocean adventures, whale watching, hiking, and many more. Baja California Sur has a different terrain than the rest of Mexico so you’ll have a guaranteed unique experience here!

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Is Baja California Sur part of the United States?

California in the United States used to be a territory of Mexico. It used to be called Alta California until the United States took it through the 1828 Treaty of Guadalupe. This treaty ended the Mexican-American War. The USA then dropped the word “Alta” because it’s Spanish. Today, Alta California is known as the state of California in the US. Until 1930, Baja California was one territory/state/peninsula until 1930, but it was split into two: Baja California (Norte) and Baja California Sur.

Is Baja California Sur considered Mexico?

Yes, Baja California Sur was declared an official Mexican state in 1974.

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Where do most Americans live in Baja California Sur?

There are many Americans who live in Baja California Sur. Los Cabos and Todos Santos are the most favored but many Americans and Canadians are slowly leaning into moving to La Paz.

How much do you need to retire in Baja California Sur?

Baja California Sur prices are almost the same as Los Angeles, California. The most expensive cost here is eating out but groceries and rent are still cheap. It is safe to say that you can retire in Baja California Sur comfortably with US$3,000 a month.

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