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Travel Articles: Baja
National Geographic Recognizes Sea Turtle Trip that Gives Back in Baja
Of the five species of sea turtles found in the Baja region, all are unfortunately endangered! Travelers spend 5 days in Magdalena Bay’s mangrove canals working on a community project with Grupo Tortuguero on this trip. The unique group is a collection of former poachers who are now committed to conservation. Enjoy Mexico while also helping preserve its natural treasures.
Bucket List Baja Adventure!
What do you do when a member of your family is unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer? Hopefully... you help them make the most of every moment. Take along a vibrant six year old adventurer and you have the definite recipe for success!
Kayaking, whale watching, snorkeling, fishing and cruising around the Sea of Cortez. I couldn't imagine a better way to spend my winter vacation!
Feliz Navidad y Hasta Luego Mexico!
It was interesting to experience the Christmas atmosphere in Mexico around the holidays. It was an odd combination of somber tradition and flamboyant fiesta. We noticed the bright decorations along the malecon when we arrived - which is similar to any city in the US of course with a decorated tree, stars, and christmas lights everywhere.
On our …
Todos Santos is located about an hour drive south of La Paz on the freeway. Navigating the highways on the Baja was relatively easy. The one we took down the coast was the main freeway and the other we had taken up the coast from Cabo was a smaller two-lane highway. The highway was maintained well and it was a smooth drive down to Todos Santos. My …
We spent a couple days relaxing in La Paz, exploring the town, and getting our bearings. Then we set out to find a beach we'd heard about from our friends - Balandra Beach. It's about a 30-40 minute drive on the point north of La Paz. We had also saw that there was a Tecolote Beach further north and on the point between the mainland and …
Snorkeling with Whale Sharks
As I mentioned before one of the main reasons we chose Posada LunaSol was for the convenience of going on day tours. One morning we met our group in front of the hotel and our guides outfitted us with snorkels, fins, and life jackets from their gear room. Then we walked a short way down to the pier and hopped in a boat. Half the group spoke …
Cruising around La Paz
We chose our hotel Posada LunaSol because of three main factors.
1) It was affordable.
2) They owners ran a tour company for day trips around Baja.
3) It was close to the Malecon, or the main waterfront of La Paz.
The Malecon was a short 5-10 minute walk down the road. Everyday we walked down the malecon which stretched a couple miles on the …
Relax! We're in Mexico!
Every time we go on vacation it takes a couple days to unwind and relax completely. We left Montana with a flurry of emails, check-ins with family, and "To Do" lists laid out on the kitchen table. I think I have thought of everything but undoubtedly something will arise outside of my contingency plans. "Which is OK!" I have to …
Cabo San Lucas to La Paz
After a couple days in Cabo San Lucas, we were ready to head north to La Paz. I’ve been to Cabo a few times growing up, and I am sad to see it has turned from a small fishing village to a full-blown beach resort city. Getting off the main drag it still has the same quaint, small-town feel that I remember from childhood and the beaches and …
Kayaking, Snorkeling and Fishing on Espiritu Santo
We spent three nights camping at Bahia Candelero on Espiritu Santo Island, just off the shore of La Paz in the Sea of Cortez. Our three days were filled with kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, hiking and generally relaxing on beautiful white-sand beaches. As we departed La Paz to boat across the bay to the island, we again found that our trip was …
Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay
We had come to Baja a few times before, but always to do the typical touristy things - deep sea fishing was our most "adventurous" activity we ever planned. We never had been whale-watching in Baja. Mom has always had a special place in her heart for whales, and always makes us take the half-day tours when the opportunity arose. So this …
Snorkeling With a Whale Shark
As we said goodbye to our beautiful private camp at Candelero Bay on Espiritu Santo Island, we hoped our adventure wasn't over just yet. Jorge took us for a little tour of the southern part of the island. We pulled into a large, beautiful bay, which also happened to be a frigate bird nesting colony. There were thousands of them in the …
DAY 2 UP BAJA (December 8, 2014)
Left Omar at7 amfrom Mulege up the coast through Santa Rosalia and drove through San Ignacio to Guerrero Nero which is famous for the whales giving birth.
Was running a little late for my planned trip so could not go on a whale tour so pushed ahead. The next stage is 140 miles of dirt and I was a little concerned if I got a puncture but then it …
NO BAD DAYS IN CABO WABO (17 -23 NOVEMBER 2014
I thought Cabo was a lot closer to La Paz and ended up running out of fuel on the highway 24 km outside Cabo. Three people stopped to help and they gave me some gas and finally rolled into Cabo. Am still feeling kinda sick but have a beautiful place overlooking the harbour. Found Charmain relaxing at the pool of course , I had an incredible shower …
Sea of Cortez: Exploring the Aquarium of the World
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. - Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Nestled between the Baja California Peninsula and mainland Mexico is the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez. Famous oceanographer and marine conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau called this area "the world's aquarium" …
Life in a Corona Commercial
On our drive from Los Cabos to Todos Santos, we stopped along the highway at one of the few swimmable beaches on the Pacific side of Southern Baja, Playa Los Cerritos. We found a quaint hotel and restaurant property catering to surfers and families of surfers, to swim and enjoy a Baja lunch on the beach. As soon as I had my suit on I was running …
Meet the Tequila Family
Our group met early in the evening in the One & Only Palmilla's herb garden - a quite peaceful locale on the property. The herbs used in the hotel's restaurants are grown here. The aromas of basil, rosemary, mint and thyme waft around the enclosed gathering area with a private bar and lovely covered dining area. The table was set with …
Mexico Vacation: Succumb to the Luxury
I have given in to luxury. I decided this after my 60-minute massage in a fluffy cotton robe lounging in a private cabana in a lush tropical garden sipping orange water. I returned to my ocean front terrace, sipping tequila on an oversized chaise lounge with the sight, sound, and smell of the ocean overwhelming my senses. This was not an easy …
Last Lazy Day in La Paz
The boardwalk in La Paz's Malecon district is ideal for strolling. And following our 5-day camping adventure in the sand and sun of Magdalena Bay, a day casually walking the boardwalk was welcomed. We were up early to try and beat the height of the afternoon heat -- 9:30 AM and it was already in the mid-eighties. The kids had a handful of pesos …
A Sand Dunes and Ceviche Farewell
I strolled the beach with my companions: a steaming cup of coffee and a groggy four-year-old Faye. It was our final morning at our Magdalena Bay campsite and Faye and I quietly walked the shoreline as the sun burned off the last of the early-morning clouds. Our stride was slow. There was no rush. We dipped our feet in the water, carved our names …
Tortuga! Tortuga! Tortuga!
Turtle monitoring begins!
The camp buzzed with energy. The turtle monitoring was a much anticipated highlight of our Baja camping adventure and the Conway family was anxious to get up-close with the region's black sea turtles. This monitoring program is part of Grupo Tortuguero's community and sea turtle conservation project -- the information …
Sunscreen and Sea Kayaking at Balandra Bay
It was by lucky circumstance that our guide, Pedro, was joining us for more of our Mexico travels and we were delighted to have his companionship in Balandra Bay. An easy 25 minute drive from La Paz, the Bay is a fantastic place to do a little sunning and sea kayaking and this is exactly what we had in store. But the wind was a bit of a show-off …
The Conway Family Explores Beautiful Baja, Mexico
The Conway family is packed and ready and headed to Baja! Nine-months of anticipation has finally come to an end and I now fully appreciate the insight I had to plan early to address those items that weren't on my original packing-list: new passports, cancelled & re-scheduled flights, pre-excused school absence letters and snorkeling lessons. I …
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