Suggestions for Further Reading and Local Resources

Books and Field Guides


Across the Line/Al Otro Lado: The Poetry of Baja California, edited by Harry Polkinhorn and Mark Weiss. Junction Press (2002)

The Hidden Heart of Baja, By Erle Stanley Gardner. Marrow Publisher (1962)

Baja Plant Field Guide 3rd Edition By Jon Rebman and Norman C. Roberts. Sunbelt Publications (2012)

Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja, Tamara Eder. Lone Pine Publisher (2002)

Birds We See in Baja California Sur, Mexico, Chris Llewellyn – Self Published (2013)

Newspapers and News sites:

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The Gringo Gazette is a bi-weekly print newspaper available in differing editions for Baja California and Baja California Sur. The paper is available for free in many locations including Chedraui markets and Oxxo convenient stores. Local and national news stories are written in English to accommodate a growing English-speaking public.

Baja is an online travel and living magazine in English. The website provides information on a variety of topics of interest including real estate, driving information, destinations, and business information. The website also provides weather conditions and live satellite imagery for the Baja Peninsula. Baja Insider uses NOAA, NHC, and Mexico’s CONAGUA for weather information, which becomes helpful during hurricane season. Editorials and news stories round out this website and the accompanying Facebook page allows users to stay up to date with magazine content.

Online Resources: 

  • La Paz Gringos (Facebook Group)

La Paz Gringos is a closed Facebook Community page geared towards expatriates living in La Paz, the capital city of Baja California Sur. The page boasts nearly 1,000 members and gives users the opportunity to share and exchange information and photographs. Posts about upcoming events and community news are important aspects for the local gringo community in La Paz.

  • Cabo Expats (Facebook Group)

Cabo expats is a closed Facebook group with over 2,000 members. It is a self-described help group for new and situated expatriates living in the Los Cabos area, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

Talk Baja is the “largest Baja discussion forum online” with nearly 30,000 members on their Facebook page. The forum provides a space for travelers and locals to share and exchange information, photographs, and experiences. The online forum design allows users to become familiar with each other even if they experience Baja in different places.

CONANP, Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas, is a government organization that works to help preserve and protect natural areas throughout Mexico. To date, CONANP has designated 176 natural protected areas across nine regions in Mexico, protecting 25,394,779 hectares. The organization works with other government organizations to protect natural biospheres, sanctuaries, areas with diverse flora and fauna, natural monuments, as well as areas with natural resources. CONANP promotes acquisition of knowledge in the areas of biodiversity and the environment.