Baja, Mexico is just a hop, skip and a jump from L.A. and a relatively short flight from many of the major cities across the U.S. It’s filled with soft golden sands that sit at the edge of the Pacific, as well as boasting striking white sands around the Sea of Cortez, including one of the country’s most beautiful beaches, Balandra.

You really get it all here, from scenic desert landscapes to mountains filled with lush greenery and waterfall. It’s also one of the best spots on Earth for wildlife encounters, including an astonishing array of marine life in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez, tucked between Baja and the Sierra de La Madre Mountains on the mainland of Mexico.


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The Sea of Cortez is home to Isla Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO-listed nature reserve, and a nature lovers’ dream.

snorkeling with the sea lions through Baja Sur Tours
Credit: K.C. Dermody
snorkeling with the sea lions through Baja Sur Tours

Situated near La Paz, it boasts aquamarine-hued waters, fiery red cliffs and amazing marine life as part of one of the most unspoiled ecosystems in Baja. You can only get here by taking a boat tour, which helps to limit the number of visitors, and excursions with Jahaziel’s Baja Sur Tours come highly recommended. In fact, you’ll even be able to swim among the 300 or so sea lions that live here.

Swimming in the "World's Aquarium" sea lions near La Paz, Baja, Mexico
sea lions near La Paz, Baja, Mexico

Swimming in the "World's Aquarium"

Deemed the “world’s aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau due to the abundance and variety of sea life housed within its depths. In addition to swimming around with the sea lions, you’ll be swimming among countless colorful tropical fish that will make it feel as if you really are in an aquarium.

swimming with whale sharks near La Paz, Baja
Credit: K.C. Dermody
swimming with whale sharks near La Paz, Baja

The tours to Isla Espiritu Santo often include the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. The animals known as “gentle giants” return every winter to the waters of the Bay of La Paz, consuming some of the ocean’s tiniest creatures, plankton, moving slowly through the water.

Lunch on La Ensanda Beach La Ensenada Beach, Mexico
Credit: K.C. Dermody
La Ensenada Beach, Mexico

Lunch on La Ensanda Beach

With all of that swimming, you’ll definitely work up an appetite, so lunch is included, with delicious items like homemade ceviche served on magnificent La Ensanda beach, a place that truly looks as if it’s from a dream.

If you’d like to go, Baja Sur Tours offers multiple options for day trips and snorkeling, including this unforgettable excursion.

Baja Sur Tours
Official Website 
Muelle Fiscal on the Malecon in La Paz
Phone: 612-131-8167

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