The world of off-roading racing wouldn’t be what it is today without the desert races that take place down in Mexico. Races like the Baja 500 and Baja 1000, as well as many other races, draw in spectators and racers from all over the U.S. and Mexico. Many of said spectators and racers leave once the event is finished and never really get to explore Baja and all it has to offer. For this reason, Cameron Steele gathered a bunch of Baja “know-it-alls” and teamed up with BF Goodrich to create the “50 Best of Baja” YouTube series. The last episode ended at spot #3, and this final episode will cover spots #2 and #1.
Spot 2: Scorpion Bay
Coming in at #2 is Scorpion Bay. This spot isn’t nearly as popular as some of the previous spots on the list, but it’s not as desolate as others, either. It’s becoming more and more popular as people discover it’s a quiet little surf town with some of the best waves on the peninsula. Scorpion Bay has beautiful water, good food, amazing surfing, and great people. There’s not much to dislike about this spot.
While Cameron and his crew were down there filming, they brought an Australian friend who liked to tease because everyone thinks Australians know how to surf. He didn’t know how to surf, but luckily they brought professional surfer and world champion Sunny Garcia along to be a tutor. It’s pretty cool how long the waves go for without dying off. It gives everyone there a great opportunity to learn to ride a wave.
After all of the surfing fun, Cameron, his wife Heidi, and the rest of the crew hung out with the locals. They cooked up tons of burgers and food for everyone to have and gave a lot back to the community. “We do this because we appreciate Baja and we really want to give back to the local people of Baja as much as we can,” said Heidi Steele.
Spot 1: San Javier Mission
Many of the spots on the list so far have been mission sites, as they’re all full of history and still in operation as churches or schools. Arguably the most beautiful mission of them all, Misión San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundó, also known as San Javier Mission, is the #1 spot of Baja.
Located 25 miles above Loreto, San Javier mission was founded in 1699, making it the second mission site ever founded. Interestingly enough, about ten years after it was founded, the mission was moved five miles south to a more suitable location. The building standing today was erected between 1744 and 1758.
“The San Javier Mission is one of my top picks in the Best of 50 for Baja. Besides the Mission here, when you look around, it’s surrounded by mountains. When you come into town, it looks like that’s the only way in and the only way out, but it’s not. This area is historic. It is my favorite place in Baja. It made the top of my list,” said Frank DeAngelo.
This concludes the 50 best places to visit in Baja. Which of them was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.