Baja Peninsula offers a wide variety of marine animals, making it a top underwater sightseeing destination. In addition, the region has many different sanctuaries and lagoons, some of which different whale species come to from December up until April to mate and give birth. In fact, it is estimated that over twenty different whale species visit the peninsula every year for this reason.
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Annually thousands of whales travel down to the Baja Peninsula in Mexico from the icy arctic waters of the Bering Sea near Alaska to mate in the much warmer lagoon waters and then birth their calves. As a result, whale watching is becoming a very popular tourist activity in the Sea of Cortez as visitors often have the opportunity to see humpback whales, blue whales, orcas, sperm whales, pilot whales, fin-back whales, dolphin schools, and dozens of additional marine animals at one time.
The whales are majestic to watch as they dive down, up and out of the ocean surface and blow air out of their blowholes. The humpbacks also glide out of the water as the fin-back whales barrel roll their way across the top of the water.
Visitors have plenty of accommodation options which include the Scammon’s Lagoon, at the Whale Cabanas that dot the shores of the San Ignacio Lagoon protected bays, or at Magdalena Bay where they can rent small boats to go out deeper into the lagoon and get a closer look at the gray whales. The experience of almost being able to reach out and touch dozens of these large giants with a small baby swimming alongside them is something that most people will never forget.
Close to Los Cabos at the southern end of Baja whales are seen quite frequently close to the Todos Santos beaches. Towards La Paz on the gulf side of the peninsula many whales choose to hang out by the Isla Cerralvo and Isla Espiritu Santo. This former Island is also referred to as the Jacques Cousteau Island given the fact that it was officially renamed by the Mexican government five years ago. This is due to the fact that Cousteau often referred to the area as the aquarium of the world.
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The Baja Peninsula in Mexico is made up of the Baja California Sur which is the southern region of the peninsula and the Baja California Norte which is the northern state of the peninsula. It stretches out for 680 miles and covers a total of 75,000 sq Km. The very long peninsula offers a diverse array of geography including colorful deserts, endless beach areas, and many unique and unexplainable rock formations. Outside of watching whales during a vacation to the area tourists have many additional options including snorkeling, diving, surfing, windsurfing, hiking, golf, kayaking, and many more ocean sports.
In general the Peninsula has two separate weather zones with the northern region experiencing weather that is similar to the sunny Southern California and the southern half experiencing weather like the much warmer Arizona. The northern half offers dry summer with winds whereas the southern half tends to experience a rainy season during the summer months.