If you’re into off-roading, you’ve probably heard of legendary races such as the Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Every year, thousands of fans and racers from all over the US and Mexico participate in these brutal desert races, but many spectators and racers never see the hidden beauties of Baja, just the races. For this reason, BF Goodrich created the “50 Best of Baja” series with Cameron Steele. The last episode we broke into the top ten spots, and now we’re counting down even closer to spot #1.
Spot 6: Cabo San Lucas
Way down at the very bottom of the Baja peninsula is Cabo San Lucas, which most people shorten to just “Cabo.” Once upon a time, Cabo was a relatively small fishing village. As time has gone on, however, everyone has realized how beautiful the location is, and it has since turned into a massive tourist destination. You can find large hotels right on the beach and massive cruise ships parked nearby carrying thousands of tourists. Other than its beauty, part of the reason Cabo is #6 on the list, is that it’s the final destination for the RIP to Cabo ride that Cameron Steele has been attending for the last twelve years. It’s tradition for all the riders to jump in the beach while still wearing all their riding gear, and to Cameron, it signifies a cleansing of the soul.
Spot 5: Bahía de los Ángeles
This next location, Bahía de Los Ángeles, is the opposite of the previous spot, as it’s not a huge tourist destination and not many people know how pretty it is. It’s located much further north, about a third of the way down the peninsula on the Sea of Cortez side. The anchor of town is Costa Del Sol Hotel, also known as “Victoria’s Place,” a place Cameron and his friends stay at any time they visit this location. The beach here is another very beautiful beach. Cameron’s favorite part is the north end, which he recently visited on Trail of Missions. He and his crew got to swim with a whale shark who came right up to the beach.
Spot 4: San Borja Mission
Located southeast from the last spot, San Borja is pretty remote and takes about 20 miles on a dirt road to get to in either direction. Established in 1762, the San Borja Mission is one of many missions on the peninsula. The building that is still standing in great condition today was built in the early 1800s, while the original building collapsed, leaving the ruins just outside the current building. What’s cool is how it was made from rocks at the top of a nearby mountain, and as you go higher up on the building, the building rocks become noticeably smaller compared to the rock at the bottom of the structure. It’s quite impressive how a building built so long ago without modern tools is still standing in excellent condition today.
On one side of the mission is a massive mountain, and on the other side is vegetation, which water flows through any time it rains. It’s truly a special mission and is quite difficult to get to.
Spot 3: San Francisquito
The last spot on this episode, San Francisquito, is much harder to get to than any of the other spots on this episode. “It’s way off the grid, it’s hard to get to, it has pretty good graded roads, but it’s just a place that there is no reason to go there unless you have the time to drive there,” said Cameron Steele. At one point, there was a small airstrip there and a restaurant, but they have since been somewhat abandoned.
Located on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula, San Francisquito offers some of the clearest ocean water in Baja. When Cameron and his crew were down there filming the episode, they came across a fever of stingrays in the water right next to them. If that doesn’t sound exciting to you, then what does?