It is hard to put a set timeframe on how long you should visit Baja California and where you should go and what you should do during that timeframe. In fact, every time we have visited Baja we’ve stayed for a minimum of 4-5 months.
But we have also traveled with friends who had a long weekend to spend with us between the surfing beaches north of Ensenada and the vineyards of Valle de Guadalupe (which makes for a great short first trip to Baja!).
And we’ve met others who have spent a week or two of their Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring break racing down to the Bay of Concepcion and La Paz in Baja California Sur to maximize their time in the sunshine, sand and salt water.
We also have friends who make an annual trek south to spend a few days in early spring interacting with the grey whales before they make their toward Alaska.
We would say that Baja, like most other places in the world, is best experienced at a slower pace and an open timeline. You may be surprised to find that a place you expected to spend a week may be accomplished in just a few nights. While you’ll learn of other places you didn’t realize existed until you arrived and spent two weeks.
RV living in Baja, in general, is easy. So whether you only have a long weekend, a few weeks or even a few months you will make the most of your time no doubt.
Here are a few highlights that we would suggest with a variety of 2-week itineraries:
Option 1 – Two Weeks in Baja California Norte
If you only had 2 weeks to spend in Baja and you wanted to make the most of this time, you could easily spend your time exploring the best of the northern state.
Crossing either at Tijuana or Tecate, you could start your time in Baja with a few days each in Valle de Guadalupe and along the beaches in and around Ensenada. You could then drive south along Federal Highway 1 and stop off at your favorite sleepy beachside towns such as San Quintin, or enjoy the surreal desert landscapes of places like Catavina.
Federal Highway 1 will meet with Federal Highway 5 at the southern end of Baja California Norte and you should absolutely continue a little further to take the drive out to the Bay of Los Angeles.
The Bay of Los Angeles will warrant a few days in itself, just for the scenic drive out and back. Relax, fish or catch a wildlife tour or two before heading back north.
This time take Highway 5 north along the Sea of Cortez. In what is perhaps the best stretch of pavement in all of Baja, Highway 5 will give you ample opportunity to pull over for a day or two here or there in places like Gonzaga Bay and Puertecitos.
And by the time you reach San Felipe, you may be ready to enjoy the benefits of a more populated city with a bustling Malecon, tons of great restaurants and bars and plenty of activities to round out your adventure.
Of course, you could do this same loop in reverse if you’d like.
Option 2 – Two Weeks in Baja California Sur
If you have your sights set on spending most of your time in Baja California Sur (BCS), you are not alone. This is by far our favorite of the two states and there is quite a bit of a different feel to it.
Of course, you need to plan for at least 2 drive days in each direction to safely transit between the border and your final destinations in BCS.
One of the most popular itineraries for Baja California Sur is simply to race south until you reach the Bay of Concepcion and then hole up on your favorite beach until it’s time to head north again.
You’ll miss out on much of what the rest of the state has to offer. But you won’t regret the time you spend on the Bay of Concepcion.
A more involved route would involve timing your trip so you could stop for a day or two near Guerrero Negro so that you could spend some time with the grey whales in the Laguna Ojo de Liebre.
From there, spend a night or two in San Ignacio where you can camp in the square or along the river and take in some kayaking or paddleboarding through the desert oasis. Continue to Mulege for a night or two, timing a Saturday morning trip to Asadero Dany’s for his weekly carnitas offering.
Enjoy the quaint little town and continue on to the Bay of Concepcion for a few days. But don’t get stuck there! The next stop is Loreto, one of the Pueblos Magicos, well preserved and popular among tourists of all kinds.
A few days later, keep heading south on the longest stretch until you get to La Paz. La Paz and the surrounding beaches could keep you entertained for days on their own – between swimming with whale sharks and sea lions, walking and eating your way along the Malecon and enjoying the laid-back city life of the southern state’s capital.
Take a loop around the East Cape – starting with a drive through the mountains to Los Barriles and then spending a few days in Cabo Pulmo if you have a rugged enough RV to handle miles of unpaved and unmaintained roads.
Pop out of that natural beauty for a quick peek at Los Cabos (though don’t expect to find proper camping in either San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas) before starting your northward trek.
Before you start backtracking you can spend another few days around Todos Santos, either in the town itself or at its neighboring beachside communities of El Pescadero and/or Playa Los Cerritos.
Of course, this far south will take a few days to trek back to the border. And you can break up the drive at any of your favorite places from your way south.
Or consider making a detour to San Carlos, Adolfo Lopez Mateos or Laguna San Ignacio to head out on a whale-watching tour if you didn’t do so on your way south.
Option 3 – Baja California in its entirety
Combining shorter trips in both Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur, you can see how difficult it would be to enjoy and experience the entire peninsula in a matter of weeks. So we’ll let you determine if it’s even possible for you to combine our suggested itineraries for both the northern and southern states.
Although we usually spend a few months stationary between a few of our favorite beaches, even if you were to try and see it all in a month you will understand why we take so much time to enjoy RVing in Baja.
After our first trip, which was more or less a 4-month whirlwind tour of trying to see and do everything we could, we decided our next time to Baja we wanted to spend more time in Mulege and camping along the beaches of the Bay of Concepcion and in and around La Paz. So we customized our next itinerary to do just that.
However long you have, you will find that it is never long enough and we encourage you to consider returning to Baja as often and for as long as you can!