Baja California is a Mexican State that borders California. It is comprised of a North and South region. The North region is famous for Tijuana, San Felipe, and Ensenada. Baja California Sur includes Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, and Todos Santos.
The road trip I am going to highlight for you is through Baja California Sur. We went in February, so lucky for us it was grey whale season, turtle hatching season, and whale shark season!
When I told people I was renting a car and driving around Baja most people were concerned about my safety. I have to say being a local SoCal native it felt no different than driving on the 101 in Santa Barbara County or the 5 freeway in San Diego County.
We flew into SJD- Los Cabos International Airport and were picked up by the friendliest driver to take us across the street to our rental car place. To our surprise, they picked us up in the vehicle we would be renting so once our luggage was placed in the trunk it stayed there and we didn’t have to lug it around again. Another nice surprise from the rental car company was while we were inside signing papers someone stayed at the car with the AC cooling it off for us in 90-degree weather.
All In Car Rental is owned by a local woman, Girasol. She was the sweetest most helpful person we met on the trip. She has the best rates that include mandatory insurance! This is where most people get the surprise of an additional few hundred dollars to their bill once they have returned the vehicle!
Our first stop was only a few miles away in San Jose Del Cabo, about 30mins away from the crowds of downtown Cabo and the Marina. We stayed at Acre, a gorgeous farm, restaurant, and hotel a la tree houses a few miles from the beach. Acre is a place to relax, hang out with animals and eat good food.
When we left the property to explore, we went to Buzzards Bar and Grill, a real local establishment away from the crowds where you park on the sand. The art district of San Jose Del Cabo is a quaint colonial town with great restaurants, bars, and nightlife.
Our next stop would be Todos Santos “All Saints”, a small surf and artist community on the Pacific side of the peninsula. This town is one of 36 cities in Mexico named Pueblo Magicos- special recognition for the magic and beauty of the city.
The drive was under an hour taking the toll freeway D1 to the 19 and cost about $10 round trip. The town itself is not on the beach, so a car is necessary to visit this location.
Here we stayed at Hotel San Cristobal, a gorgeous boutique hotel on the ocean. This hotel has impeccable design and spacious rooms. They offer daily morning yoga with ocean views and a fantastic restaurant on site.
If you want to stay in town, I recommend La Bohemia, it’s affordable and super cute. It’s a perfect spot for a girl’s getaway/bachelorette party. The owners of La Bohemia also own a really special property North of town. You make your way onto the dirt roads passing famous surf breaks until you reach an undisclosed gate that leads to a glamping and yoga estate, Gypsy Canyon Baja. This caters to retreats, weddings, and group getaways.
From Todos Santos we then headed on to La Paz continuing the 19 freeway for about another hour. La Paz is the capital of Baja Sur located on the Gulf of California. In La Paz, we were lucky enough to go on a snorkel adventure with whale sharks and sea lions! Carlos at Explore Baja made our day so special. This is an excursion not to be missed!
In La Paz, we also went to Playa de Balandra. This beach makes you feel like you have somehow been whisked away to an island in the Caribbean. The water is warm and clear, and the sand is as white as it is fine. I could have stayed here for the entire week! Sadly, that didn’t happen, and we had to make our way back to Cabo San Lucas to return our car and head home.
We stayed in Baja for a week and had plenty of beach and pool time, as well as plenty of road trip adventures. I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to visit Mexico and get out of the hustle and bustle of the big tourist cities. Please share with friends if you found this interesting and reach out if you would like us to help you plan a trip! Info@trulyconnectedtravel.com