Baja California teems with life. The sun-soaked desert peninsula lies between the immense Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, a body of water so biologically diverse it was deemed ‘the world’s aquarium’ by renowned explorer Jacques Cousteau. Here, raucous colonies of sea lions bask in the sun, dolphins glide through the waves and nurseries of grey and humpback whales shelter in lagoons.
With endless miles of sugary white sand beaches and pristine coves, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Perhaps the most striking are found on Espiritu Santo, a dreamlike island of jagged, tawny mountains rising from a turquoise sea. Completely uninhabited, it’s a sanctuary for sea turtles and birds like blue-footed boobies and frigates.
Those looking for creative inspiration can head to the charming city of San Jose del Cabo or the colourful bohemian town of Todos Santos. Both these artistic hubs feature locally run galleries and open studios to admire.
Close to the most thriving wildlife hotspots, the unspoilt colonial town of Loreto or the relaxed capital La Paz both make excellent holiday bases. Baja California is a year-round destination with 300-360 days of sunshine, but visit between January and March for the chance to spot grey, humpback and blue whales.