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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.

✈️ Baja California Sur quick info

  • 🇲🇽 Capital: La Paz
  • ⏰ Timezone: Pacific Standard Time (GMT-7)
  • ✈️ Airports: Los Cabos International Airport, La Paz International Airport, Loreto International Airport
  • 🌆 Major Cities (population):  La Paz (219,596) San Jose del Cabo (164,162) Ciudad Constitución (63,830) Santa Rosalia (52,743) Loreto (11,839)
  • 🚩 Size/Area:28,369 square miles
  • 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Population: 2,844,469 (2005 census)
  • 📅  Year of Statehood: 1974

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  • The coat of arms of Baja California Sur emphasizes the region’s connection to the sea. Silver fish against a blue background stand for the ocean and its abundance, while a silver shell recalls the border battle waged by the inhabitants of Baja California Sur. A narrow golden border symbolizes the region’s rich soil, and a wider blue band signifies the virtues of loyalty, justice, and truth. In the center, a gold panel represents wealth and value, while a red panel suggests unity and daring.
  • Baja California Sur, bordered by two seas, has the longest coastline of all the Mexican states at more than 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles).
  • Baja California Sur features more islands than any other state. Although most of the islands are located in the Gulf of California, the largest one is Margarita Island, on the Pacific side.
  • The cardón cactus, the world’s largest species of cactus, grows on the Baja California peninsula. It can reach heights of 21 meters (70 feet).
  • Todos Santos in Baja California Sur is widely believed to have been the inspiration for the Eagles’ song “Hotel California.”
  • Every year from mid-December to mid-April, hundreds of gray whales arrive off the coast of Baja California Sur from the Alaska shores. Whale-watchers flock to Guerrero Negro, Laguna San Ignacio and Sierra de Laguna, where they can see whales jumping up to 40 feet in the air.
  • Rock shelters in the Sierra de Guadalupe and Sierra de San Francisco feature larger-than life cave paintings of humans and animals. Loreto Bay, in Baja California Sur, was the setting for the final episode of season seven of the ABC television show, “The Bachelor.”


🙋 Baja California Sur FAQ

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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