If you're looking for snorkeling or diving without the crowds, come to Cabo Pulmo, a small town and a 17,571-acre Marine Protected Area (MPA), one of the most successful national marine parks in the world. Cabo Pulmo is also home to the only Pacific coral reef in the Sea of Cortez.
Sierra de San Francisco
The sheer quantity of beautiful petroglyphs in this region is impressive, and the ocher, red, black and white paintings remain shrouded in mystery. In recognition of its cultural importance, the Sierra de San Francisco has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. It is also part of the Reserva de la Biosfera El Vizcaíno.
Parque Nacional Sierra San Pedro Mártir
Bobcats, deer and bighorn sheep await visitors to San Pedro Mártir national park, but its real claim to fame isn’t what’s on the ground but what’s in the air: this park is one of only six places in the world where the almost-extinct California condor has been successfully reintroduced into the wild.
Ruta del Vino & Valle de Guadalupe
You can skip Tijuana’s long lines and treat yourself to some beautiful scenery by entering Mexico via Tecate. The border crossing (open 6am to 10pm) is far less congested, and south of Tecate lies the Ruta del Vino in the intoxicatingly beautiful Valle de Guadalupe (Hwy 3).