Sun, Sand & Solitude: Your Ultimate Guide to Visiting Baja California Sur

Whale-watching in Mulegé

For a one-of-a-kind vacation filled with sun, sand and solitude, escape to the charming beach towns of Loreto, Mulegé and Comondú in Baja California Sur—three serene destinations each boasting unique wonders and rich history waiting to be explored. From immersive sea life encounters, ancient cave explorations and historical architecture to the region’s stunning beaches and landscapes, each city has something special in store for travelers. 


Mission Loreto

With direct flights from Phoenix via American Airlines, Loreto is the perfect starting point for a Baja California Sur adventure. As the first Spanish settlement in the Californias in 1697, Loreto boasts a rich history that is evident in the town’s architecture and cultural heritage. Stay in town and experience the warm hospitality of locally-owned boutique hotels and restaurants. 

Birds-eye view over Loreto

Just off the coast of Loreto lies the Bay of Loreto National Marine Park, a natural protected area that is home to five islands that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The gulf of California has nearly a third of the world’s marine mammals, over 170 seabird species and more than 700 fish species, so the Bay of Loreto provides many opportunities for aquatic enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the Gulf’s ecosystem, including encounters with blue whales, dolphins and other fascinating sea creatures.



Mulegé is the largest municipality of the state and crosses the entire peninsula from the Pacific to the Gulf of California. During the winter months, Mulegé becomes a whale sanctuary and the surrounding coastal beauty provides a scenic backdrop for whale watching. December through April is the best time for whale-watching excursions, during which guests can witness gray whales in the Pacific waters.   

San Borgitas cave paintings

In addition to whale watching, winter in Mulegé provides coastal tranquility and breathtaking landscapes for travelers seeking a peaceful retreat. On land, visitors can explore the nationally-protected El Vizcaino reserve where they will witness thousand-year-old cave paintings. Explorative travelers can extend their adventure in Mulegé by visiting Santa Rosalia, recently designated by Mexico’s secretary of tourism as a “Magic Town” and known for its unique architecture and mining history, to explore the cultural fusion of French influences with Mexican traditions.


San Juanico, Comondú

Comondú neighbors Mulegé and shares a similar Pacific coastal location featuring cliffs and bays that contribute to its diversity of marine life and also provide sanctuaries for gray whales during winter months. There are many ways to explore Comondú’s Pacific waters, such as regulated whale-watching excursions that ensure a responsible and sustainable interaction with these majestic creatures, as well as snorkeling, diving and surfing at San Juanico where adventurers can find the second longest wave in the world.

Magdalena Bay

The nearby Magdalena Bay is also a haven for ecotourism and wildlife enthusiasts where travelers can explore birdwatching and nature trails, engage with local communities to gain insights into sustainable ecotourism initiatives and support community-based projects that contribute to the preservation of the bay’s natural beauty. 

Learn more about adventures in Baja California Sur here.

Photos courtesy Visit Baja Sur

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