Here at the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the amazing rock formation known as Los Arcos guards the entrance to the bay lies Cabo San Lucas which was once a hideout for pirates on the lookout for trading ships. Here you can spy on a no-longer-secret underwater garden through a glass-bottom boat, flirt with a whale or sea lion, shop at a quayside bazaar, or rekindle romance at the secluded Playa del Amor.
Once a sleepy fishing village, Ensenada and its sheltered bay are popular as a haven for weekend sailors and a site for "Gringo" vacations resorts. Its dusty streets bustle with the promise of duty-free shopping that features Mexican crafts and folk art.
An island of contrast, the west coast of Espiritu Santo has white, sandy beaches, while the east coast sports cliffs and rocky terrain. Outdoor adventurers will love this jewel in the Gulf of California -- kayaking, hiking, diving and snorkeling are the most popular activities. Of course, you can always relax on the beach, taking in the Baja sun and maybe catching a glimpse of some dolphins and manta rays.
The city and port of Guaymas is the main domestic and foreign tourist destination in the state of Sonora. The beach tourist area, is located northwest of the port, with the region of the Bay of San Carlos and its environs and to a lesser extent Bay Bacochibampo and Miramar beach.
Delightful beach activities await! In this sheltered, deeply indented cove, the silky sandy bottom shelves out very gradually for many yards, as gentle waves lap onto the beach.
La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, and that's exactly what you'll feel when visiting this provincial Mexican town. Reminiscent of Los Cabos, La Paz has wonderful beach spots and an easygoing, slow-paced atmosphere that makes relaxation easy. The palm-fringed malecon that fronts the town center is a lively spot, and there are countless opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, diving and fishing in the surrounding areas.
Loreto, a charming town located midway up the peninsula bordering the Sea of Cortez, was the first capital of the Californias. Its famous missions were built by the Jesuits in the 1600s. In fact, "300 Years Old and Still Undiscovered!" is the town's official slogan. Loreto has a quaint downtown area with shaded plazas and an attractive malecon (boardwalk) that draws locals and tourists alike for strolls along the waterfront.
A visit to Los Islotes to snorkel with the sea lions is an experience you will never forget. Los Islotes is a protected sea lion colony and bird estuary. The young sea lions love to dive and swim with visitors while the bulls strut and pose on the rocks.
Nature is undoubtedly Manzanillo's best attraction. Its twin bays, Manzanillo and Santiago, where crystal blue waters lap the black and gold volcanic sand, have caught outsiders eyes since Cortes conquered Mexico. Manzanillo also has significant rail connections to the interior.
Translated, Mazatlan means "place of deer" from the ancient Nahuati tongue. Great herds of deer were said to have roamed this area, located at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Resplendent with rich tradition and folklore, Mazatlan is said to have been frequented by pirates who left behind their buried treasure. Noted for its sparkling sand beaches and warm Pacfic waters, Mazatlan is an ideal spot to get in a swim.
Puerto Vallarta has uncluttered beaches, endless sunshine and glorious sunsets that are unforgettable. Other sights include The Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, an example of elegant Spanish architecture. In the evening, mariachi bands fill the air with charming folk tunes.
Located on the Sea of Cortez, the lovely Mexican resort community of San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico offers something for everyone. For water sports enthusiasts, there are beautiful sand beaches, spectacular diving and snorkeling, kayaking, and offshore fishing.
Topolobampo is a beautiful seaport located 20 km. from Los Mochis in the State of Sinaloa, Mexico. Topolobampo bay has wonderful landscapes with an unforgettable view.
Zihuatanejo has grown from a sleepy little fishing village nestled in a lovely harbor to an enchanting vacation spot. Although luxurious resort hotels have risen along the waterfront, the town still retains an easy-going pace. Sunbathers will delight in Zihuatanejos array of shimmering beaches, and the adventurous of heart can enjoy great scuba diving and deep-sea fishing.