Baja California is the land of boulders, boojum trees, beautiful beaches, and historic missions.
Here you can find travel details, such as maps, photos, links, Baja California history, books about the peninsula, videos, and more >>>
Baja California History is amazing! This is where California began and was the only place called California, prior to 1769 when the name was modified.
“My book covers the years 1533 to 1855 with the discovery of California and Spain’s attempts to colonize the peninsula, eventually using missions. Each mission is detailed and photographed. The padres are all named, with the mission they served and the years of service. I also talk about the ‘lost missions’ and explain what and where they were.” David Kier
This website was created in the year 2000. For 2022 and beyond, it has been revised to better help you plan trips and discover more Baja California adventures! More content is always being added. Look for more changes in the near future. Until then, just scroll down to see and read about the fascinating peninsula that is full of history and adventure. Several links lead to much more plus hundreds, no thousands of photos give you a look at some of the peninsula’s endless attractions.
This peninsula was the first place called ‘California’ and thus the body of water on its east coast is the Gulf of California/ Golfo de California (but also known as the Sea of Cortez/ Mar de Cortés). When the Spanish missions expanded north of the peninsula (in 1769+), this northern region was called Nueva (New) California or Alta (Upper) California. To prevent confusion in letters and documents the peninsula began being called Antigua (Old) California or Baja (Lower) California.
The two Californias became part of the newly independent Mexico in 1822. In 1848, a payment for and transfer of Alta California to the United States was made official. The ‘Alta’ part of the name was dropped when California became a state in 1850. Mexico did not drop the ‘Baja’ part. The peninsula was divided into two territories and both are now states, first the north half on December 31, 1952 and the south half on October 8, 1974.
With the habit of people to abbreviate names, ‘Baja’ (or by Spanish speakers, ‘La Baja’) is common to hear and is well-known around the world. Unfortunately, this upsets some people, including many in the academic world. They are pushing for dropping ‘Baja’ from the name of the two states that make up the peninsula and a return of the original peninsula name, California, with the two states becoming North and South California (or Northern and Southern California).
Baja California is a thousand miles of fun! Beware, you may catch ‘Baja Fever’! To help you find something on VivaBaja, I am building an index to find content here, and on other sites.
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Baja Bound Road Guide Research Trip Reports (2016-2018 trip reports on Internet forums, followed by photo albums with details)
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4) Discover PHOTOGRAPHS from past and present photographers. These include (98) Baja California Travel & Camping Photo Albums, from 1965 to 2022!
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