places to stay in Baja...
In Ensenada, I stayed at the Estero Beach Resort. It's a big place, looks like family oriented and a bit long in the tooth. Still, I had a great spacious room with parking in my own driveway, restaurant and bar are quite pleasant. I bargained them down to 50.00 from 70.00 or so. Very secure; makes a good first nights destination. Security gate keeps the unwelcome out.
In Bahia De Los Angeles, I stayed at the Costa Del Sol; run by really nice folks. I also stayed at Daggets camp which is a few k's out of town to the north. Daggets has rooms for about 40.00, and camping for about 120 pesos. Camping puts you on a decent beach with a basic palapa. No restaurant/bar there.
In Mulege I stayed in a fleabag that I wouldn't recommend, (Terrazza) but found beautiful camping on the bay of conception just a few k's south. look for beaches called Santispak and Playa Posada. The Posada has a little hostel (hostal) run by a woman who is the local baker; she will have all kinds of goodies for you as well as a normal menu. You can camp on these beaches for a few bucks, or scout out some free options if you go looking. The beaches here are gorgeous, the water protected, great swimming and kayaking. Given time, and a desire to chill out, I would spend it in this area. Life is good!
I La Paz I found a funky little hotel called Yenekka, just about two blocks inland from the prominent hotel Perla. The place is unique and colorful- built by a possibly eccentric artist who has decorated every inch of the place with gathered treasures, or junk, depending on the beholder. Each room has an artistic theme, rendered in murals and funky tile and paintings on the walls. Cost about 30.00 for a room, with a couple of tequila shots included. It's that kind of place.
In Loreto, look for the well situated hotel Junipero. It's right next to the mission, affordable, friendly, and they let me park my moto in a little courtyard in the back, right by my room. Close to the harbor and lots of good restaurants. About 30.00 or so.
Cabo, ah Cabo. I stayed at a surprisingly pleasant hotel called Siesta Suites, run by some cool gringos living the life. It's a few blocks off the waterfront, and I liked my room, which cost about 55.00. They run a great Italian restaurant as well next door.
In San Ignacio, don't miss out on the Ignacio Springs Bed and Breakfast. It's well run by a Canadian couple who built a bunch of yurts to rent out, but with conventional bathrooms. Beautiful place on the river, a bit more expensive than most of my stops but worth it, and very popular with the moto crowd. They have kayaks for your use to paddle to the lake. Yurts cost 60.00 to 80.00. Don't miss the ride about 5k down the road to the little plaza where the mission is. Very cool old town, not obvious from the highway.
If you go to visit Coco at his corner and head north a bit on the dirt road, you will find Alfonsinas. I didn't stay, because their prices were a bit high (only game in town?) at 75.00 but the restaurant was good and the beach fantastic. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there if I had time to enjoy the place. If just looking for a bed for the night, I'd find something cheaper. The paved road to Puertocitos picks up about 10k to the north.
Okay, those were some of my better finds. Hope you enjoy Baja!