Cacti Mundo, San José del Cabo, Los Cabos
The Cacti Mundo ("Cactus World") botanical gardens in San José del Cabo collect this plant group all in one place and are just the ticket for everything you want to know about cacti and succulents. The facility displays nearly 5,000 species of plants from all over the world, including many rare cacti native to Baja.
Iglesia de San Ignacio Kadakaamán, San Ignacio, Baja Sur.
It is a 1728 house of worship dedicated to the Jesuit order's very own founder, St. Ignatius Loyola, complete with elaborate facade. The structure underwent extensive restoration in the 1970s, and an active worship schedule keeps this a living, breathing church, rather than a musty museum piece.
Land's End, Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos
The sight of the towering granite formations here lets you know that you've arrived at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. El Arco ("the arch") has become Los Cabos' most iconic symbol. Yet all the sleek hotels and shopping malls nearby can't deflect from the end-of-the-world feel you get when you arrive.
Malecón, La Paz, Baja Sur
The marina boardwalk in Cabo San Lucas head three hours north to the seaside promenade in southern Baja's largest city. This is urban renewal at its best, with attractive landscaping for the entire 5 km (3 mi) of the malecón's length. The walkway comes alive as evening approaches and residents throng the walkway for their evening paseo.
The 25,000-year-old coral reef here is the only living coral reef on North America's west coast. Its eight reef fingers attract more than 2,000 different kinds of marine organisms, including almost 250 species of tropical fish. Toss in the sunken wreck of a tuna boat nearby and you have one of Baja's top snorkeling and diving destinations.
Valle de Guadalupe, near Ensenada, Baja Norte
You may know about Corona beer, tequila, and margaritas, but did you know Mexico had a wine industry? An anomaly in Baja's desert climate produces the Guadalupe Valley, a cooler, Napa-like pocket that cultivates several varieties of grapes and produces some of the world's best (but not best known) wines. Many of the vineyards are open to tours and samplings, some to meals and overnight stays, and all, of course, to purchases.