Uncover Baja California

From bullfighting in Tijuana to whale watching in Magdalena Bay to seafood tostadas just about anywhere, there's a lot to discover on the Baja California peninsula.

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Located just south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is the primary tourist destination in the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

  

The beaches of Playa del Carmen are most populated along Fifth Avenue, where many resorts are located. 960 1280

  

At Xcaret near Playa del Carmen, visitors can choose from a variety of activities -- or just lounge by the water 960 1280

  

Dive into the warm, crystalline waters of Xcaret Bay. 960 1280

  

At Akumal, offshore reefs protect the white sands and filter warm water through subterranean rivers. 960 1280

  

A conch shell lies on Akumal beach. 960 1280

  

Puerto Morelos is the gateway to the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

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The warm, welcoming beaches of Puerto Morelos match the temperaments of its people. 960 1280

Photo by Davidberkowitz through the Flickr Creative Commons  

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Located just south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is the primary tourist destination in the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

  

The beaches of Playa del Carmen are most populated along Fifth Avenue, where many resorts are located. 960 1280

  

At Xcaret near Playa del Carmen, visitors can choose from a variety of activities -- or just lounge by the water 960 1280

  

Dive into the warm, crystalline waters of Xcaret Bay. 960 1280

  

At Akumal, offshore reefs protect the white sands and filter warm water through subterranean rivers. 960 1280

  

A conch shell lies on Akumal beach. 960 1280

  

Puerto Morelos is the gateway to the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

Photo by Davidberkowitz through the Flickr Creative Commons  

The warm, welcoming beaches of Puerto Morelos match the temperaments of its people. 960 1280

Photo by Davidberkowitz through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

An aerial view of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of Puerto Vallarta's most iconic landmarks. The original crown was damaged in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City in 1995, but has since been replaced by new reinforced cement castings. 960 1280

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Villa

Villa

The view from a luxury Puerto Vallarta villa -- complete with an infinity pool and the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

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Iguana

Iguana

A local resident. 960 1280

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Danza de los Voladores de Papantla

Danza de los Voladores de Papantla

Men performing the 'Danza de los Voladores de Papantla' (the Dance of the Flyers), a pre-Hispanic ritual designed to appease the gods and prevent drought. During the ritual, men climb up a 50-foot pole, winding their ropes all the way around. When they reach the top, they jump off and spin around the pole back to the ground. 960 1280

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Flea market

Flea market

The colorful flea market of Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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The beach of the dead

The beach of the dead

La Playa de los Muertos (The Beach of the Dead). The section of the large Playa de los Muertos known as Blue Chairs is Puerto Vallarta's most popular gay beach. 960 1280

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Los Arcos Amphitheater

Los Arcos Amphitheater

The 4 stone arches at Los Arcos Amphitheater, an open-air theater that features nightly performances in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Watch the sun set over Banderas Bay. Plus, sample local food from the street vendors who congregate in the area. 960 1280

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Parasailing

Parasailing

Go parasailing at one of Puerto Vallarta's many beaches and get a bird's-eye view of Banderas Bay. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta¿s oceanside boardwalk

Puerto Vallarta¿s oceanside boardwalk

Walk along the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta's oceanside boardwalk, and take a look at some of the many impressive sculptures. Pictured is Rafael Zamarripa's 'Caballero del Mar,' (the Seahorse). 960 1280

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ceviche

ceviche

Sample some local ceviche with tostadas. 960 1280

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Mismaloya cove

Mismaloya cove

The Mismaloya cove was the setting for the 1964 film 'Night of the Iguana,' starring Richard Burton. Puerto Vallarta became a popular tourist destination after the media extensively covered the romance between Burton and Elizabeth Taylor during filming. The pair later purchased a vacation home in Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Los Arcos Marine Park

Los Arcos Marine Park

Los Arcos Marine Park, located near Mismaloya in the Bay of Banderas, is one of the most popular spots for snorkeling and diving in Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Huachinango Zarandeado

Huachinango Zarandeado

Huachinango Zarandeado, or grilled red snapper, a Puerto Vallarta specialty. 960 1280

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Bikini Boot Camp

Bikini Boot Camp

Students at Amansala's Bikini Boot Camp in Tulum, Mexico. 960 1280

  

Costa Azul Surf Shop

Costa Azul Surf Shop

Board maker Alex Olea at Costa Azul Surf Shop in Los Cabos, Mexico, where all boards are custom made. 960 1280

  

Surf Camp

Surf Camp

Women practice standing on their boards at Todos Santos Eco Adventures Baja Surf Camp. 960 1280

  

Surf Camp

Surf Camp

An instructor helps a student paddle out into the surf. 960 1280

  

Bikini Boot Camp

Bikini Boot Camp

Students running on the beach at Amansala’s Bikini Boot Camp. 960 1280

  

Sportfishing

Sportfishing

A sportfishing charter boat in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 960 1280

  

Aqua Twister

Aqua Twister

The Aqua Twister, a 50-foot jet boat based in Cancun that spins around Nichupte Bay at 55 miles per hour. 960 1280

  

Cenotes

Cenotes

Tourists explore one of the Mayan Rivera's many cenotes, or underground sinkholes. 960 1280

  

Tulum

Tulum

On your next trip to Mexico, stop by Extreme Control in Tulum to learn to kiteboard from the best. 960 1280

  

Captain Tony's

Captain Tony's

Chef Jose Alejandro Alvarez at Captain Tony's Restaurant Bar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 960 1280

  

Marlin

Marlin

A statue of a marlin at the Cabo Maritime Center. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other, Cabo is home to more than 800 species of fish and is known as the marlin capital of the world. 960 1280