Books – Libros

Baja California Peninsula Books

This is a selection of some of the books about Baja California that we have  in our travel library or that have been loaned to us for research.

Most are generally written about the Baja California Peninsula but contain a section or comments about Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the Los Cabos region.  Many of these books can be purchased online through or other sources.


Antigua California: Mission and Colony on
the Peninsular Frontier, 1697-1768

51R9F1AVECL._SX362_BO1,204,203,200_By Harry W. Crosby. (University of Arizona Southwest Center Book)
Hardcover – May 1, 1994 – jat

First published in 1994 and now available again, this Spanish Borderlands classic recounts Jesuit colonization of the Old California, the peninsula now known as Baja California. Jesuit missionaries founded their first settlement in 1697 and unintentionally created a Hispanic society that outlived the missions and their Indian converts. The author brings to light Jesuit missionization and culture, European-Indian contacts, mission and presidio operations, family social life, the unique peninsular economy, and the Jesuit expulsion.  More here: or here:

Adventure to Land’s End. The Wonders of Baja California


“How many dreams we have of a vacation that can be truly be called an adventure!” The Complete “New Road” Baja Travel Book: Strip Maps, Side Trips, Tour – Color Illustrated. By Paul Fischer
First edition (January 1, 1975) Soft cover, perfect bind 175 pages
Publisher: ARS Publications] (1975)
Language: English – ASIN: B0006XFK24

Angler’s Guide to Baja California


The most detailed guide to fishing the Baja Waters ever written.

By Tom Miiler. Illustration by Charles Larson. Baja Trail Publications, Inc., Huntington Beach, California.
Paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 128 pages plus covers. Black and white photography, illustrated maps, and drawings of fish and other sea creatures from the area. There is a dedication to Ray Cannon.

Baja California and the Geography of Hope

Hard Cover version

Text by Joseph Wood Krutch,
Photographs by Eliot Porter
A beautifully illustrated book from 1967 the early days of American environmentalism when the BABY Boomers were just coming of age and discovering the natural world. One of the most wondrous books of the Sierra Club series.
Volume 17 of Sierra Club exhibit format series. Illustrated by Eliot Porter, Contributor Sierra Club, Publisher Sierra Club, 1967, Length 174 pages. There are two versions: soft cover and hard cover.

 Baja California Mexico by Road, Airplane and Boat

Baja California Mexico, By Road, Airplane and Boat, by Cliff Cross.
Baja California Mexico, By Road, Airplane and Boat, by Cliff Cross.

Paperback – 1970 (1970-71 Edition)
Baja California Mexico by Road, Airplane and Boat
by Cliff Cross (Author)
Publisher: Cliff Cross (1970)
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches.
170 pages, 60 maps of roads cities villages, detailed route logs, side trips, history, hunting fishing, 450 pictures points of interest, resorts hotels, trailer space, camping, important travel information. Very artistic and accurate hand drawn maps.

Cabo Cookbook


Regional Inspiration and Culinary Flair.
A Culinary Tradition: Rapidly Evolving
Author: Carmen Carbajal
Editor: Ramón Andrés García
Photographs by David Chavolla
Published: 2012
Length: 237 pages


Cabo Living Magazine

summer-fall-2016-cabo-livingEach issue usually features an article about the history of Los Cabos  of one the pioneers of the region. Published three times a year, Cabo Living Magazine brings to you in large format living color the best that Los Cabos and the surrounding area have to offer.  See more at:
See our Gallery of Cabo Living Magazine covers:

Cabo San Lucas

Paperback – August, 1984
cabo-susan-hoffmaster-crow-1984by Susan Hoffmaster Crow (Author)
Paperback: 111 pages
Publisher: Graphic Image Publications; 1st edition (August 1984)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0912457007
ISBN-13: 978-0912457000
Product Dimensions:
8.8 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches – jat
Dedication: My sincere thanks and gratitude for their help in putting this book together to to Luis Bulnes and his lovely family for helping me gather information, historical and present day, about Cabo San Lucas; to my loving husband, Hurb, for all his help and for his wonderful photographs and last, but hardly least to my parents for all their love, help and support. I could not have done it without them.

A Desert Country Near the Sea: A Natural History of the Cape Region of Baja California

desert-country-near-sea-zwingerHardcover – October, 1983
by Ann Zwinger (Author) – jat
A Desert County Near The Seas is a prize-winning naturalist’s personal guide to the flora, fauna, and history of a fascinating region. For fifteen years Ann Zwinger, winner of the John Burroughs Medal award, has been visiting the southern tip of Baja California, the long peninsula that juts southeast below the California-Mexico border. Captivated by the area’s harsh beauty, it’s dramatic contrast of arid desert and tropical sea, she has climbed its rocky, 5,000-foot mountains, explored its great variety of beaches

El San Lucas que ya conocí

El San Lucas que ya conocí by Maria Faustina Wilkes Ritchie. 2010
El San Lucas que ya conocí by Maria Faustina Wilkes Ritchie. 2010

The San Lucas I already knew.
By Maria Faustina Wilkes Ritchie. 2010 First Edition (Spanish)  Mrs. Maria Faustina has been praised several times for his career, renowned teacher and scholar origin “cabeño” that has driven the future of hundreds of children, strengthened the character of youth and pride of his contemporaries to rescue from the ground history , culture and traditions of the region of Cabo San Lucas. As a student of the past now becomes the voice of those who had wanted to tell their memories. –  jat
Read more here: 
El San Lucas que ya conocí

EXPLORATIONS IN LOWER CALIFORNIA: 1868 (as seen through the eyes and pen of J. Ross Browne)

explorations-lower-california-1868Hard cover.  John Ross Browne, often called J. Ross Browne, (Feb 11, 1821 to Dec 9, 1875). As I collect old, out of print works on Baja… and find things that I think would be of interest… I will post them here for you to enjoy. J. Ross Browne’s artwork from his travels in Baja and the Southwest in the 1860’s is well known and provides a unique perspective into the hardships of life in those days. “

Lost Cabos … The Way It Was

P51QC1BK8MSLaperback – March, 2002
by Robert E. Jackson (Author), Cynthia Nelson (Author)
Lost Cabos … The Way It Was is a trip through the recent history of the Cabo region from the early days, when Cabo was an out-of-the-way fishing village, to the 21st century, when the few small hotels had become wistful memories among the large resorts, timeshares, nightclubs, and golf courses that have taken their place.
Robert “Baja Bob” Jackson not only witnessed Cabo’s transformation; he was part of it. Lost Cabos chronicles the parallel histories of Cabo and the Suites at Palmilla that Jackson built and turned into one of the world’s premier resorts.  – jat


More books in  Section Two – Books Libros 2