roadtriping and camping in baja is something that everyone should experience. not only because of its exceptional natural beauty and empty beaches but also interesting people that one will encounter.
if you really want to experience baja, rent a car. that will give you freedom of moving around and you will likely end up in places where time stopped. however, be aware that if you get involved in a car accident, you are guilty until proven innocent. so if you don't want to spend the rest of your holiday in mexican jail, buy full insurance. we used some local car rental company which we were quite leery about especially after they gave us twenty years old car. it wasn't bad but we almost had to push it going uphill, lights were blinding oncoming drivers so they were getting pissed off and door hinges were all covered in grease that we soon had all over our stuff. after three days we gave up and asked for a different car which was given to us without any problems. while driving in mexico you will have to get used to seeing dead animals being eaten by vultures along the roads, avoiding speed bumps in the middle of nowhere and not driving at night. there are also army checks but after they find out you don't speak any spanish they will just smile and let you go. But there are also tarantulas. they are huge and hairy and way scarier than army. we saw two tarantulas,on some forgotten mountain road, and i was so stunned i forgot to take photo of them. for the rest of the day we were just trying to convince ourselves that these were the only two tarantulas in the whole mexico and that we will never see one while camping. it worked. we never saw one again :-)
when you get a flat tire, don't worry. the very first car will stop and good looking mario will help you. that is what happened to us. mario changed the tire, gave us huge smile, said: have a good time in baja, turned his car around and went to where he came from. weird. it was hot outside but i swear he was real and wasn't just our imagination. thank you hombre.
there is too much to say about this gorgeous peninsula. and four weeks is not enough to explore all of it. i am not surprised that many americans and canadian snowbirds drive down to baja where they camp on beaches and enjoy warm temperatures. the day we left baja, it was +30C outside. ten hours later we got off the plane in our small northern town, temperature -40C. i almost fell off the plane. home sweet home.