Just a few hours south of downtown San Diego and across the Mexican border lies Baja California Sur’s Valle de Guadalupe, a place of verdant valleys and sweeping vistas that has grown to become one of the region’s most exciting food and wine destinations. The valley has long been building its gastronomic reputation, but only in recent few years have things really taken off, with new and exciting talents putting up shop, and travelers on southbound excursions reaping the rewards, among them, exclusive limited-release Mexican wines, the best olive oils the New World has to offer, terrific cheeses, and a world-class culinary scene.
Besides having an exciting food and wine industry, Baja also offers an incredible array of destinations of attractions that make the trip to Mexico all worth it. If you’re looking to visit and want to do something besides booking your own Baja winery tours, here are some ideas.
If you’re an art buff, you can’t go wrong by visiting Todos Santos, a self-described bohemian town located some 37 miles north of Los Cabos. The local art enclave is home to a thriving community of local and expat artists, who have put up several galleries and studios to showcase and sell sculptures, oil paintings, handicrafts, and jewelry. Spend an afternoon wandering the town’s bougainvillea adorned streets, and you never know what you’re going to see—unique bookstores, bustling cafés and bistros, and gorgeous colonial-style buildings.
Baja’s crystal-clear seas and long stretches of powdery, white sand beaches should give anyone a strong case to visit the region. Bahia Santa Maria’s turquoise waters, with a backdrop of towering cliffs and wide beaches, is a popular snorkeling spot, boasting of pristine coral reefs beneath the surface of the water.
And for thrill-seekers, Baja is also a mecca for watersport enthusiasts. Go diving around Cabo Pulmo, home to a 20,000-year-old coral reef. If surfing’s more your thing, head over to Playa Costa Azul. On the other hand, go for a relaxed day of swimming and sunbathing at Las Palmas (Playa San Pedro, the perfect lounge spot for vacationers.
Still on the subject of water, Baja’s waters along the Sea of Cortez is rich in game fishing, earning the moniker of being the “’Marlin Capital of the World.” Book a charted fishing trip and choose from a local panga, or a decked out cruiser complete with a guide.
With its dry and sunny weather all year round, it comes as no surprise why Los Cabos has earned a reputation for being one of the world’s best golf destinations, offering a wide variety of unique championship courses, designed by names such as Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Jack Nicklaus. Whether you’re looking to have a calm day of golf, or looking for a real challenge with friends, Baja California Sur’s golf courses are sure to keep you entertained.