Driving to Baja Mexico? Great! Make sure you make the most of your trip. Get to know THE best places to go, after all, it is quite a long journey! 

The world’s second longest peninsula, Baja Mexico, covers over 140,000km of surface area and separates the Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of California. This incredible state offers to its visitors, amazing landscape, wildlife and delicious food. Plus, there are plenty of beaches to relax on in Baja Mexico, from the serene bay of Balandra beach to the party beach of Tijuana! Here are our favorite places to visit and things to do while we’re on vacation in Baja Mexico:


Wine and Cheese Tour

Ensenada, Baja Mexico

One of our absolute favorite things to do is relax in the sun drinking amazing wine and chowing down on some incredible food. So, inevitably, the Ojos Negros Valley wine and cheese route is top of our list. Located not far from Ensenada, this beautiful valley is home to artisan cheese maker La Cava de Marcelo.

You will be given a guided tour of the dairy-farm and even get to meet the cows, before the best bit…tasting the cheese! You can have accompanying wines to enjoy with your cheese. It is all simply delicious! You can even purchase some cheese for yourself to take home as well as other delicious locally produced goods.

Take a taxi or book a trip from your hotel so you can fully enjoy the experience.


Playas de Tijuana

Tijuana, Baja Mexico

Discover the hustle and bustle of Tijuana beach. Popular with the locals this vast beach is full of color, culture and city-life. Simply sit on the soft sand or stroll down the boardwalk and take everything in.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink, showers and amenities so you can happily stay for a day or even for an entire week! There are loads of places to visit in the city of Tijuana, including the famous Bull Ring. Alternatively, just wonder around the city and experience old Mexico.

You can also walk all the way to the US/Mexico border and view the wall that stretches out to the sea, a strange and poignant sight. Decorated with artwork designed by its many visitors, it can be an often-sorrowful sight as you witness families, friends and loved ones, separated, and now reunited once more through a fence of steel.

 El Popo Market Baja Mexico

El Popo Market

Tijuana, Baja Mexico

Escape the tourist traps with a visit to El Popo Market. This busy, authentic marketplace is crammed with everything you can imagine! From fresh food to traditional pottery. This is the perfect place to buy all your trinkets and souvenirs to take back home. You will experience true Mexican culture, with the air filled with fragrance and dried spices, you are surrounded by colour and noise. Soak up this true taste of Mexico and ‘shop til you drop’.


Balandra Beach

La Paz, Baja Mexico 

This tranquil beach is located just outside of La Paz. The calm waters and the golden sands are surrounded by a rocky, mountainous terrain, making Balandra beach seem even more secluded. Take a walk through the cool, clear water at low tide to view the spectacle of the Mushroom Rock. The sea never really comes up very high, usually only knee deep, making it a great place to take children.

There’s plenty of parking here too so it’s a good place to visit if you’re driving to Mexico for a vacation! Make sure you take lots of water, sunscreen and supplies as there aren’t any shops, restaurants or toilets.


El Parque de la Bandera

Ensenada, Baja Mexico

Get ready for a lively, vibrant show when you visit El Parque de la Bandera. You will be mesmerized by a fantastical display of music, lights and ‘dancing’ water. Starting at around 8pm almost every night you can join the crowd of excited bystanders waiting for the show to start. Children simply love this attraction as the water shoots out from the ground in time with the music in a show of brilliant movement and color. Enjoy the show while eating ice cream, cotton candy or churros from one of the many street vendors surrounding the area.

Before the show be sure to take a walk down the esplanade and around the marina to look at the boats and the wildlife, you can sometimes even see the seals relaxing on the rocks.

A great evening out for the whole family to enjoy.



Santa Maria Beach

Cabo San Lucas, Baja Mexico

Located right at the very end of the Baja peninsula, Santa Maria Beach is the perfect location to soak up some sun and relax.

This is also a fantastic beach for snorkeling, with an abundance of little fishes to swim alongside and you may even be lucky enough to see the Gray Whales breaching just offshore.

If you’re driving from the US to Mexico this beach is ideal as there is free parking, bathrooms and showers so you can get clean-up before getting back into your vehicle!


These are just a few of our favorite places to visit while touring Baja Mexico, the list could go on and on!!! We would love to hear where you love to go when you’re vacationing in Mexico. Be sure to get in touch, email info@xborderauto.com and we might even feature you and your travel tips on our blog!  

Remember, stay safe while visiting Mexico, do your research and if you’re planning on driving your own vehicle to Mexico make sure you purchase Mexican Auto Insurance before you travel.

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