Springtime is one of the most popular times for North Americans to travel to Baja California Sur. The weather is a welcome respite from the snow and cold of their home towns. Our sunny skies and welcoming beaches are enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors between January and June.
The early months are great for exploring the mountains of the Sierra Laguna or Sierra Gigantica. Mountain trails lead to fantastic vistas and hidden waterfalls. The mountain pueblos remain green from summer rains through much of the year and can be very beautiful with springtime brings blossoms. If you are not of the type to sling on a pack and explore there are a vast number of off-road trails in a wide degree of difficulty to explore responsibly. Equestrians can enjoy the backcountry on horseback and with luck come upon a herd of deer.
Baja is one of the number 1 RV destinations outside the US. Although the days of parking your camper for free on the beach are fading, it is a classic image of Baja to see the gringos enjoying the sand spit at Ligui, or the beach at Santispac or Mulege. Baja’s RV parks are very affordable for those who wish a little more convenience.
If you like eating, and who doesn’t, Baja California Sur has a lot to offer you too. The growth of Baja in the past 10 years has brought an evolution to Baja Cuisine. If you love the corner taco stands you will still find lots of them. Licensing and health requirements have made eating curbside less of an ‘adventure’ shall we say, and the food is just as delicious as you remember. On the more elegant end of dining, the fine and even exotic restaurants have spread across Baja Sur. I have enjoyed excellent meals at the variety of new restaurants from Cabo to Loreto.
For the adventure vacationer, few places present the variety of outdoor activities as does Baja California Sur. Los Cabos offers a wide variety of high power activities including canopy rides on a cable, jet skis, ATV and dune buggy adventures. La Paz and Loreto offer many eco-travel options to swim with sea lions or kayak the protected islands of the Sea.
Whale watching is a very big attraction to Baja from December to late March with whales being frequently seen all along the Pacific coast. Whale watching expeditions are available in Lopez Mateo, San Ignacio and other places on the central coast as well as shorter tours in Los Cabos.
Although fishing is one of Baja’s activities that peaks later in the year, many folks still make Baja a destination for reeling in the big ones. By early March fishing is picking up and yellowfin becomes a favorite catch. Diving also peaks later in the year but the water is easy for California divers to climb into any time of year.
As for places to stay few places I’ve traveled offer such a wide spectrum of accommodations. You can still spend as little as $300 pesos ($25) for a clean and simple room for the night as well as resorts which offer all-inclusive luxury from hundreds to thousands of dollars per night.
All of these great businesses that offer you an opportunity for a memorable vacation have one thing in common; They miss you!
With Spring being the most popular travel season the next six months represent a large percentage of the business is done each year. Just like everywhere else, the economy has been slow and the money that used to flow from real estate and construction has dried to a trickle. With the broad brush of violence with which the media has painted Mexico, many travel providers don’t remember their last good year. Yet Baja California Sur is one of the safest states in Mexico, well removed from the cartel violence.
Now, I don’t mean to slight our brethren to the north in Baja California, but the Baja California Sur tourist season is springtime. The last few years have taken their toll and many fine travel providers, our clients, and our friends have dramatically downsized or shuttered their doors.
These travel providers aren’t looking for a gigantic Federal bailout. It is even a joke to even think it would be forthcoming. They are looking for you to come back and enjoy the value of their hospitality. Travel destinations worldwide are competing for the fewer number of travelers, when thinking about your vacation, think about Baja. Shop your vacation for the best values and you will find hospitality businesses eager to welcome you offering an excellent value for both your money and your valuable vacation time.
I’m sure many of our readers have their favorite Baja hotel, restaurant or activity provider you think of as your friend. Right now many of them really need you to come pay them a visit. That’s what friends are for, isn’t it?
On behalf of all Baja California peninsula businesses, our clients, our friends and all others, we invite you to come rediscover Baja.