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Baja California Guide


The magnificent peninsula of Baja California is comprised of the two states of Baja California and Baja California Sur. Here you can experience the cities attractions and enjoy the tranquillity of more than 1,600kms of pristine coastline. There are also numerous prehistoric sites featuring cave paintings by early Baja Californians, as well as missions from the colonial period to discover. Reserve a cheap car rental in Baja California right here before leaving for your travels and explore the coastal scenes at your own pace, and avoid busy excursion groups.

Explore Baja California

Visitors can choose to drive the modern highways of Baja California in their rental vehicle, or explore uninhabited areas. Surfing and sport fishing are also popular options, along with shopping and clubbing. A good place to rest can be found in one of Baja's many fishing towns, or tourists can relax on a boat while trying to find one of nine different species of whales that pass through the waters.

Baja California has numerous holiday resorts. Popular destinations include; Cabo San Lucas, Buena Vista, Loreto, Ensenada, San Felipe, La Paz, Rosarito, and San Jose Del Cabo. The area is also home to major modern cities such as Bahia De Los Angeles, Tijuana and Mexicali, Todos Santos, East Cape, San Quintin, and Mulege San Ignacio.

Tijuana is located 26kms from San Diego, California, where tourists can catch a trolley to the border. The city offers a quick taste of Mexico's many delights, and boasts a wealth of shopping opportunities and entertaining nightlife. The Tijuana Cultural Centre is home to exhibits of Mexico's people, events and culture. The centre's Museum of the Californias provides a great overview of the Baja California peninsula and includes interactive exhibits and replicas of Baja's most important missions.

Mexicali is the capital of Baja California and mainly consists of irrigated farmland, surrounded by desert. Cotton and wheat are the main crops grown here. The city offers a wide variety of activities, including golf, boxing, and wrestling. Travellers in the vicinity should definitely visit Cerro Prieto where they will witness mud volcanoes, and boiling craters. Nearby in Guadalupe Canyon are many waterfalls, thermal waters, and palm trees which are also well worth a visit.

La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, is home to four universities, as well as a plethora of theatres and museums. The town is a real paradise surrounded by hot deserts and cool ocean waters and is popular with scuba divers and sports fishermen. By opting for cheap car hire in Baja California with us today you will be able to tour this magnificent sights freely, in your own time.


By air
Close to 30 cities in Mexico receive flights from Canada and the USA, as well as connections from the Caribbean and numerous other locations in Latin America.  From Europe, travellers can fly to Cancun, and Mexico City.

Two popular Mexican airlines are Mexicana and Aeromexico. The main entrance to Baja California by air is the International Airport of Tijuana, which is served by all Mexican airlines from destinations all over the country. If this is your arrival destination then be sure to book your car hire in Baja California here, ready for your arrival. This will save you airport transfer costs.

Another important port of entrance for Baja California is the Lindbergh Field Airport, in San Diego, located just 30 minutes from Tijuana.

By land
There is only one major highway that goes from north to south, with some side roads that are paved. Sections of Highway 1 are divided: one path is from Tijuana to Ensenada in the north; another is the entrance and exit in La Paz; and the last is the road from the Los Cabos Airport to Cabo San Lucas.

Travellers can cross into Mexico by road from the US at one of the 40 official crossing points. There are around ten border crossings between Mexico and Guatemala. Baja California has a fairly good road system that connects the main cities and towns.

Opt for car rentals in Baja California and travellers can relax and enjoy the scenic Tijuana-Rosarito-Ensenada road, taking around one hour. There are fantastic views over the Pacific Ocean and some very impressive cliffs, and amazing landscape you will never forget.

Trains run from San Diego to Tijuana, El Paso to Ciudad Juárez and Del Rio to Ciudad Acuña.

Most cross-border bus services travel from California and Texas. Between Mexico and Guatemala are approximately ten major crossings, with regular buses operating between these border points and many of Guatemala's towns. Regular bus services also operate between Chetumal and Belize City.

If your a traveller looking for an adventure, you may enjoy the riverboat and off-road bus which takes tourists from the magnificent Mayan ruins found at Palenque, to the Guatemalan city of Tikal. An easier way is to take the short boat ride along the Río Usumacinta, between Bethal in Guatemala and Frontera Corozal in Chiapas. Along the way there is also a brief stop at Bonampak and Yaxachilan.

Practical information

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    20 - 70 km/h
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    20 - 90 km/h
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What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

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Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

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