Each year in early autumn, one of nature’s most delightful signs of seasonal change occurs—the migration of hundreds of whales from the frigid waters of the Arctic to the warm, calm waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula. And, from December to March, there is no better place to view such a spectacle than Los Cabos.
The whales make their way south completing the 19,312-km (12,000-mile) migration by late December, staying until late March when they repeat their journey northward. Ideal climate, shallow waters, salinity and abundant marine life make the bays and lagoons north of Los Cabos the perfect place for whales to birth and rear their young. Of the 11 species of whales found worldwide, eight venture to the waters off Los Cabos, including minke, bryde, fin, sei, humpback, gray and blue. This six-month, round-trip sojourn is the longest trip made by any animal in the world.
There are several ways to observe these magnificent cetaceans in their natural habitat. Many local tour companies offer whale-watching trips aboard all-weather inflatable speedboats, ensuring both a comfortable and educational excursion. Magdalena Bay Whale Sanctuary and San Ignacio Lagoon are among the best places for sightings.