The air is heavy with a marine aroma, and strange barking noises ride the breeze.
Discover ‘the world’s largest aquarium’ on a luxury cruise from San Diego around the Gulf of California to Mexico and Guatemala…
Source: Sail the Sea of Cortez
Playful gray whale caves, saturated sunsets, uninhabited desert islands teeming with bird life—it’s not hard to see why Baja is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The World Heritage Committee today followed IUCN’s advice to list Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California as a World Heritage site in danger.
Occurred on December 28, 2018 / Roca Partida, Mexico Info from Licensor: “These Whitetip Reef Sharks are resting along the side of a volcanic island named Roca Partida of the Revillagigedo Archipelago in Mexico. The water is too deep, so they find these areas along the wall to rest during the day. At night they become active and hunt for food. This kind of behavior does not happen in too many parts of the World and is a very rare sight. The remote location 300 miles off of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico makes it a difficult area to visit. This area is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and is protected from fishing and development. It is guarded by the Mexican Navy.”
I have traveled to Mexico every year of my life since I was 5 years old. The vibrancy and traditions are alluring; the siestas, revitalizing. Thirty six years after my first visit to our southerly …
Source: A Sea of Delight in La Paz
Newcomer cruise lines Vidanta Cruises and Cruise and Maritime Voyages will take travelers to the Sea of Cortez and other coastal areas.
Swim with whale sharks and sip tequila in this coastal gem on the Sea of Cortez…
Jacques Cousteau called Mexico’s Sea of Cortez “the world’s aquarium.” To travel writer Tim Neville, that sounds about right.
Source: Kayaking in Baja’s Loreto Bay
Ecotours in Cabo San Lucas get you up close with wildlife in nature in a responsible, educational way. Once in a lifetime encounters with sharks, sea lions, and more. Adventures in Baja.
How the remoteness of one sea changed the perspectives of a world-weary traveller.
Source: Why cruise the Sea of Cortez?
Mexican magic is closer than you think. Located less than two hours from LAX, Loreto and its surrounding islands have been described by many as the Cabo of 20 to 30 years ago, thanks to the the lack of development.
Members of the FutureCast Forum recently toured the historic Mexican fishing town of Loreto on Baja California Sur and explored the growing trend for Seattle-area residents to seek lifestyles south of the border. Predicted to become the “first choice in second homes”, Loreto has gained in its popularity given its infancy as a resort market, relative home values and convenient servicing by Alaska Airlines (less than two hours from Los Angeles). A compelling alternative to the more frenetic and expensive Cabo San Lucas, property buyers, vacation goers and even the TPC Network are drawn to Loreto’s unparalleled recreation, full-service amenities and pristine natural surroundings.
“Loreto is the Baja’s next move,” said Dean Jones, President of Realogics Inc., a Seattle-based real estate marketing consultancy and owner of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “For the past 35 years, The Villa Group have been the foremost experts in developing world-class resort destinations in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cancun and now they bring their vision to the shores of Danzante Bay.”
Read more from source: Baja’s Next Move – A Billion Dollar Vision: Danzante Bay in the Islands of Loreto – GeekWire
In this UNESCO World Heritage site, the sea lions come out to play.
Jacques Cousteau once called the Gulf of California the “Aquarium of the World,” but even such a title might not give justice to the Sea of Cortez.
We came to Baja California with one goal in mind: to swim alongside the world’s largest fish, the endangered whale shark. After we were able to have that experience on our first morning, we went on to listen to whales, float through a massive school of bigeye jack fish, explore the restored reefs of Cabo Pulmo, and had a truly special moment with a curious sea lion.
One can’t-miss gem can be found in the archipelago of Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the archipelago of Espiritu Santo. There are many compelling reasons to visit these islands—some visitors go bird watching, and others explore the remnants of the pearl farms that once dominated the archipelago.
For many, sea lions are the main attraction.
Read more from source: Watch This Sea Lion and Snorkeler Interaction in Los Islotes
“The Aquarium of the World,” more popularly known as the Sea of Cortez, is a rich, sparkling habitat inundated with many species of local and migratory marine wildlife. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sea of Cortez is home to porpoises, turtles, whales, Humboldt squid, sea lions, Giant manta rays and many kinds of fish; and it is the perfect playground for adventurers, animal lovers and travelers. And it’s easily accessible to those exploring Mexico’s Pacific shores and family-friendly destinations like Los Cabos. Discover the world-famous Vermilion Sea and its many wonders with some of these breathtaking kid-friendly activities.
Four to six species of migrating whales visit the Sea of Cortez every year, Humpbacks, Gray, Pilot and Blue, to name some; and it’s a spectacular phenomenon to witness. The fact that whale watching is amazing to experience without having to put a lot of effort—during peak season you can actually see them from the highway—makes the popular activity very kid-friendly.
Read more from source: Unforgettable Adventures for Families in the Sea of Cortez
When visiting Cabo Pulmo, one is amazed by swimming in crystal clear waters, snorkeling in the breathtaking coral reefs and diving next to endless populations of friendly massive rays, whale sharks, and sea turtles. The beauty of Cabo Pulmo is thanks to over 22 years of collaborative efforts to protect and conserve this region.
Cabo Pulmo was decreed as a National Park in 1995, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 2005 and finally a Ramsar International Wetlands site in 2008. Because of these efforts Cabo Pulmo has the largest coral reef in the Gulf of California, estimated to be 20,000 years old, and tourists come from all over the world to dive in the reef and take amazement in the flourishing marine population.
The protected status of this region has empowered the community to protect and take pride in the beauty of their home. However, this precious space faces threats due to rapid developments in the surrounding region. Since the late 20th century, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo became booming tourism destinations and today attract well over 2 million visitors annually.
As flowers know, warming temps are a cue to step out of winter hibernation and stretch into spring’s return. But rather than simply soaking up the rays of sunshine, why not make the most of the season by getting outside and exploring? Whether you’re savoring wildflower blossoms in the Alps or ogling fall foliage on the other side of the equator in Patagonia, many of nature’s glories are at their finest in March, April, and May. With the season’s dazzling backdrop, now is it the time to prepare to venture out on these eight coastal and mountain adventures.
SNORKEL WITH SEA LIONS IN MEXICO
La Paz, Mexico
The seas surrounding Espíritu Santo are teeming with life: More than 890 fish species and representatives of some 40 percent of all marine mammal species flourish in these tropical waters off the Baja Peninsula. To swim and snorkel among the underwater inhabitants of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, join Baja Adventure Co.on a 30-minute boat ride from La Paz. Year-round, snorkelers can explore kaleidoscopic coral reefs and stretch out on talcum-soft white sand beaches.
Quick! Quick! She’s coming up again! – I leant over the side once more, reaching as deep as I dare. Just below my hand – rising slowly from shadowy suggestion into high-definition reality – was the head of a baby grey whale. The twin blowhole slits pucker as the animal prepares to exhale. Surely this time…
Pfff! The sea exploded in my face and suddenly I was touching rubbery flesh. The nose nudged the gunwale, prompting half a dozen hands to reach out in a frenzy of patting and scratching, as though this 16ft infant sea mammal was a long-lost family labrador.
Laying hands on a wild whale is, undeniably, a powerful experience. And the flood of emotion rather drowns the words of our skipper, Art Taylor. “Remember, it’s not whether you touched a whale,” he told us at an earlier briefing, “but whether a whale touched you.”
He’s right, of course: our craving for contact can blind us to the privilege of simply watching this extraordinary animal at such close quarters.
So many places, so little time. That’s why we’re here with our recommendations for where to travel in 2018. Visit before the tourist hordes beat you to it.
There are so many exciting, beautiful, relaxing, delicious, educational, awe-inspiring, adrenaline-pumping, perspective-shifting places to see—and so little time. That’s why we’re here with our annual list of recommendations for where to go next. The following places are worth seeing in 2018 for reasons that range from blockbuster events and noteworthy anniversaries to the fact that they’re at that delicate tipping point between buzz-worthy and overrun. See them before the tourist hordes beat you to it. No matter where you decide to roam this year (and you’ll find additional ideas here, based on which month you can get away), we wish you safe and extraordinary travels.