"It sounds so sweet with the sun sinking low" - James Taylor

Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Portland doesn’t get much sun during the winter months. Solution? Go south to Baja California Sur! We spent 12 days exploring the peninsula with primary destinations of Cabo Pulmo, La Paz, and Todos Santos.

Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo is a small village on the eastern peninsula with a stunning aquatic National Park. Primary activities were snorkeling, scuba diving and hiking.

The view from the front of our Air Bnb

Our Air Bnb in Cabo Pulmo

The road to the beach

First view of the beach with pelicans diving for dinner


This is the weather we were looking for!

Iconic Cabo Pulmo sign

All set for almost 2 weeks off!

Looking south during the sunset

Looking west during the sunset

Looking south from the top of the highest local peak

There are so many mountains on the peninsula!

View of the land from our scuba diving boat

Underwater cameras can't quite do it justice

Butterfly fish

A massive school of Crevalle Jacks (Jack Fish)

Jack Fish school with an unidentified fish in the foreground - tell me if you know what it is!

So. Many. Fish!

Look at how big those fish are. No tall tales here, they are actually huge!

Trying to stay warm between dives

Survived our first scuba expedition. We loved it!

Unfortunately, we had to come back to land at some point

Cañon de la Zorra

After 3 days in Cabo Pulmo, it was time to head to La Paz. On the way, we stopped at Cañon de la Zorra, an oasis in the middle of the desert.

Sol de Mayo resort at Cañon de la Zorra

Gringos need our shade

The waterfall was gorgeous!

The view from a bit higher up the canyon

La Paz

After our brief respite in Cañon de la Zorra we continued the trek to La Paz. La Paz is an industrial city located on a beautiful bay with gorgeous protected islands in the distance. Primary activities included laying on the beach, snorkeling, and swimming with Whale Sharks. We got so close to them it was crazy! Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the whale shark swimming, but let me tell you, it was spectacular.

The waterfront road is called the Malecón. There are sculptures like this one all along the walkway.

Sunset on the bay in La Paz

A whale sculpture with a view of the bay

La Isla Espíritu Santo as viewed from La Playa Tecolote

Mandatory cervezas at the beach!

The sky was constantly changing

Dinner in La Paz at Tatonka

Great Blue Heron!


Let's go swim with sharks, shall we?

La Paz view from the docks. Look at that clear water.

The cultural center building in La Paz

Sunset view of La Paz during a rooftop mezcal tasting. Yum!

Who says they don't celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico?

Hotel rooftop bar

The view from the hotel rooftop

The Malecón at sunset

Trying to get to La Playa de Los Muertitos. The sand was super deep and fine so we chickened out to avoid getting stuck.

Instead, we trekked south a bit and found La Playa Los Saltitos. Wow.

Another view from Los Saltitos

We snorkeled around these rocks. The waves are super gentle in the Gulf of California so no worries about getting dashed against the rocks.

Lots of sunshine in Baja!

Todos Santos

Our 4 days in La Paz went by fast and we headed for Todos Santos. Todos Santos is a city on the Pacific (western) side of the peninsula. It was definitely the most gringo-influenced city on our trip. It felt like an expensive California central coast town like Monterrey or Carmel.

Everywhere we went the sky was gorgeous

Even though it's a desert, there was a lot of greenery in Baja this time of year

Dinnertime sunset

Welcome! You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave...

The central plaza in Todos Santos

Lots of streets were decorated like this

So many building had beautiful façades like this one

Palm trees, restaurants, artisan shops and gorgeous skies

El Mirador ocean view restaurant

Ready for another great dinner!

The view looking south from El Mirador restaurant

The sunset at El Mirador restaurant

It's a 2.5 mile hike to La Playa Renacer - rebirth beach!

This beach view at La Playa Renacer

The water was so clear and the waves were perfect for body surfing

The desert meets the ocean in Baja

Rooftop sunset view over Todos Santos

San Jose Del Cabo

After 10 days, we returned to San Jose Del Cabo for one night before flying home. What an amazing trip! Baja California Sur delivered rest, relaxation, great food, awesome adventures, and gorgeous views in every direction.

City sign near the central square

The city center square

Cobblestone street right next to our hotel

Thank you, México, for an amazing journey!