Despite the land itself being primarily desert, some of the best places to visit in Baja California include the opportunity to experience incredible marine wildlife encounters.
Many of these places are quite easy to access regardless of whether you plan only a quick trip by plane or cruise ship or want to make more of your experience by camping in Baja along the way.
The peninsula itself is divided into two Mexican states that are creatively called “Baja California Norte” (the northern state that borders the US) and “Baja California Sur” (the southern state).
And while there are several great opportunities to experience wildlife in Baja in the northern state, most of the marine activity takes place in Baja California Sur where the water temperatures tend to be warmer and more inviting to the animals that make seasonal appearances year after year.
Jacquez Cousteau, the world-famous explorer and marine scientist, once called the waters in the Sea of Cortez on the eastern edge of Baja the “World’s Aquarium” because of the vastness and diversity of its marine life.
And the west coast of the Baja California peninsula bordering the Pacific Ocean also teems with marine life, most of which is transient and makes predictable seasonal returns to the waters where they were born.
Without further delay, let’s get into the best places to visit in Baja California for wildlife encounters.