The Baja California Peninsula has many incredible beaches from the Pacific coast to the Sea of Cortez. The best Baja California beaches are not always the easiest to reach. But they are definitely worth the effort to get there.
If you’re planning to RV Mexico or just take an epic road trip down the Baja Peninsula by car. Make sure these 7 best Baja California beaches are a stop.
Playa El Requeson
Playa El Requeson is arguably the most famous beach along the Bahia de Concepcion. It’s easy to distinguish from other Mulege beaches because of its long sandbar that connects to an island. During low tide you can walk across to explore the mangroves. This beach is one of the best places for beach camping in the area. Its scenic cactus-filled mountain surroundings and clear blue water are unbeatable.
Vendors will come by during the day selling ceviche, produce, fresh fish, and a local specialty almejas chocolatas (chocolate clams). Served raw with a little lime juice, hot sauce and salt, these brown bivalves are a local delicacy in Baja.
Playa El Coyote
Playa El Coyote is located along the Bahia de Concepcion. A roughly 30 minute drive of neighboring town Mulege. Surrounded by desert mountain landscape this protected bay has tranquil water, great for swimming and stand up paddle boards.
The water is also super clear making fish visible even after dark. There are plenty of beach campsites with shady palapas dotted along the shore within feet of the water. Just make sure to wake up early enough to witness an epic sunrise.
Playa Isla Coronado
To find the most beautiful beach in the pueblo magico of Loreto, you will need to hire a boat. Luckily there are many tours ready to take you out to Isla Coronado. The island is located just off the coast in the Bay of Loreto National Park, a protected habitat and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The guide will take you around the volcanic island to see interesting lava formations, abundant marine wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, birds, and the most beautiful beach. The tours last half a day. But we did meet some people who were dropped off for an overnight camping adventure. So, that might be an option if you’re ready to rough it.
The tour ends with some time at Playa Isla Coronado, a virgin white sand beach with crystal clear water. Whether you use this time to swim, snorkel or just kick back and relax with some cerveza (BYOB). This is one of the best places to visit when you travel through Baja California Sur!
Balandra Beach has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. On some lists, it’s been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This protected area about 30 minutes outside of the town of La Paz in Baja California Sur.
It’s free to enter but you have to time your entry. The beach opens up to as many as 400 people each day at two times 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. Visitors are only allowed to stay there for 4 hours. Weekends are extremely popular and the spots for entry to the beach fill up quickly. We recommend going on a weekday or getting in line early on the weekends to visit. But it’s 100% worth visiting.
The shallow waters here create an incredible blue color with seven private bays to walk to. You can’t really swim here because of the water depth. But it’s a nice beach for playing in the waters, paddling, or hiking.
Playa La Ventana
Travel off the beaten path to find the beaches of La Ventana. This small village is considered the kitesurfing capital of Baja. If you aren’t into kitesurfing you can still enjoy a refreshing swim in the deep blue waters. It also has fantastic snorkeling, hot springs, and camping. Of our entire 5 months in Baja, this was one of our favorite beach camping spots.
Playa El Arbolito
Cabo Pulmo National Park is home to the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez. Making it a diving and snorkeling paradise. The motto around Cabo Pulmo is “Bad Roads, Good People”. And after driving down miles of bumpy dirt roads you will understand why. But be patient, for you will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful untouched beaches in Baja.
If you don’t want to take a guided dive tour. Playa El Arbolito is the perfect place to enjoy this national park. A mix of rocks and white sand make up the shoreline of this beach where you can dive right into the water with your own snorkeling gear and be instantly transported into an underwater wonderland.
A hippie surfer paradise, the low-key beach town of Los Cerritos has one of the best beaches in Baja California. This long stretch of beach outside of Todos Santos has consistently great waves with surf shops and schools ready to get you out on the water. After a day of hitting the waves, take in a stunning sunset at one of the beach bars or seafood restaurants.
What makes all the beaches of Baja California so beautiful is the stunning desert landscape juxtaposed with the water. A road trip down the peninsula is the adventure of a lifetime and visiting its many beaches a must. Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path to discover the best beaches of Baja!