Todos Santos is a lushly vegetated village on the pacific coast of California Baja Sur about half way between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. It is one of Mexico´s pueblo magico´s and is just a few miles west of the Sierra Laguna Mountains which provides an underground stream of water that local farmers use to grow mangoes, avocados, guavas, papayas, citrus, coconuts and other organic produce. The population of Todos Santos is under 10,000 people which includes a small colony of artist, writers, entertainers and surfers who live there on a year around basis. The main attractions for most are the beaches, restaurants, cafes, art fairs, hotel california and climate.
Located in Baja California about 3 hrs drive southeast of Ensenada is the Parque National Sierra San Pedro Martir which was founded in 1947. It is about 170,000 acres and has a variety of flora and fauna similar to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the USA. As visitors start the ascent to this national park off the main highway from Ensenada the terrain changes rapidly from arid coastal plains, to high chaparral and once above 1500 meters it becomes thickly forested glens with many trails and campsites for hikers and backpackers. In addition to a recreational area, the Mexican government selected this site for its national observatory and largest telescope because of its exceptionally clean air.
Bahia Pulmo is both a national marine preserve and UNESCO world heritage site found on the East Cape of Baja California Sur about 60 miles from the Los Cabos resort area of Mexico. Bahia Pulmo is unique in that it has the only hard coral reef in the sea of cortez and is one of only 3 living reefs in North America. The abundant coral growth on the rocky reefs provides plenty of shelter for a variety of colorful reef fishes, many of which are not found anywhere else. This in turn is what attracts many scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world to the Cabo Pulmo area.
If you are traveling in Baja California Sur in the vicinity of La Paz, Mexico, don´t pass up the chance to see the islands of Espiritu Santo and Partida. Both of these islands are connected by a narrow isthmus and can be reached by arranging a powerboat tour or by a kayak trip which is about 4 miles away from the La Paz area. These islands are protected by UNESCO as bioshperes and are popular eco-tourism destinations.
While there are a variety of recreational opportunities both in and out of the water; the highlights include diving, snorkeling, kayaking, sea lion colonies and hot springs. In addition, Isla Partida has one of the world´s top 12 beaches called Ensenada Grande which has spectacular red rock formations, white sands and clear water.
Bahia Concepcion is located on the East Coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico. The entire bay is a national marine preserve that is reportedly one of the cleanest bay systems in the world and commercial fishing is prohibited. However, it is ideal for anglers, small boats, windsurfers, divers and kayakers. The bay area attracts many visitors from the USA, Canada, and Europe who usually stay in tents, palapa huts or motor homes since motels are few and far between. These photos show just a few of the many beaches in the bay area including Playa El Requeson, Playa El Coyote and Playa Los Cocos.