of great natural beauty
Teems with life and scuba diving opportunities abound
From Tijuana in the north, on the border with California, USA, the Baja Peninsula stretches 1250 kilometres/775 miles to Cabo San Lucas at its southernmost tip. To the west lies the Pacific Ocean and to the east, the Sea or Cortez separates this peninsula, the second longest in the world, from mainland Mexico. The region is dominated by desert and shrubland, though pine and oak forested mountain ranges are found in the north and the south; it's a pristine region of great natural beauty. There are three distinct regions: in the north, winter cold fronts bring fog and higher precipitation, the central zone is arid desert and the south experiences late summer tropical rains. The waters around the Baja Peninsula teem with life and scuba diving opportunities abound, particularly in the southern reaches where La Paz and Cabo San Lucas are activity hubs. With an established tourism infrastructure, visitors will find it easy to enjoy this magical dive destination.
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Visibility – Up to 30 metres/100 feet and beyond.
Water Temperature – Water temperatures range from 26-30°C/80-86°F year-round.
Weather – From the low 20s C/high 60s F in winter (January) to the low 30s C/high 80s F in summer (August). The Pacific waters in the north of the peninsula can be significantly cooler, particularly during periods of offshore winds when upwelling occurs, check locally.
Featured Creatures – Hammerhead sharks, manta rays, schooling pelagics, sea lions and incredible invertebrates.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI UnderwaterPhotographer course for the amazing macro photo opportunities. The PADI Deep Diver course is also a recommended for the more adventurous dive sites.
Language – Spanish is spoken throughout Baja. Due to tourism, English is also widely spoken.
Currency – Mexican pesos and US dollars (bills, not coins). Major credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – I Ensenada (ESE), Bahia de Los Angeles (BHL), San Felipe (SFH)
Electricity and Internet – 110 volt 60 Hz. Socket types A and B (same as USA). Internet available in hotels and cafés.
Topside Attractions – Whale watching, beach combing, trips through the desert, excellent Mexican seafood, star gazing, visiting the Spanish Missions.
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