Every year from December until the beginning of April, thousands of humpback and grey whales make the 6,000-mile migration from the feeding grounds of Alaska to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez to mate and calve. A natural phenomenon that occurs annually, if you’re visiting Cabo or Punta Mita this time of year, you can almost guarantee that you’ll have the opportunity to get up close to these gentle giants along their journey!
Whale watching has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area; it’s not every day you get to marvel at these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. This is one for kids and adults alike, so take note of our tops tips to enjoying this unforgettable experience on your next vacation with Elegant Mexico.
Cabo is renowned as one of the best locations in the whole of Mexico for experiencing whale migration. With a plethora of tours on offer that will take you to all the hot spots, your trip largely depends on your own preferences.
If it’s excitement and speed you’re after, there are numerous ocean rider tours that will add a little adventure to your whale watching experience. Take your seat onboard a speedboat and get ready for a thrill ride out on the water, following the whales on their journey with a few surprises in store if you’re lucky. Check out Ocean Riders who take you to the heart of the action while adding a splash of excitement along the way!
If taking things at a more leisurely pace and enjoying the scenery is more your style, you’ll find many tours offering a little more luxury onboard larger boats where you can kick back and relax with a cool beverage in hand. From whale watching breakfast excursions to fine dining out on the water, experiencing the magic of these mammals in such a unique way has guests coming back every year for more. If you’re traveling with a larger group, there are many private yacht and boat rentals available that will mean you’re in the driving seat. Be sure to tell the Elegant Mexico concierge team the kind of excursion you’re looking for, and we’ll take care of all the arrangements.
Stay At Home
If you’re staying at one of Elegant Mexico’s luxury villa rentals in Cabo, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to have a front-row seat watching the whales playing in the water.
Some of our beachfront properties sit just off the water’s edge, allowing you to catch a glimpse of these beautiful animals as they duck and dive in the distance. While many of our ocean view villas set in the hills above the Sea of Cortez, such as Casa Fryzer (pictured) and Casa Chanel, offer the perfect vantage point to witness the many masses of whales that travel south each year. Keep your eyes peeled, and your camera ready!
Those jetting off to Punta Mita will also have the opportunity to experience these majestic sea animals up close. Attracting thousands of visitors to Banderas Bay each year, whale watching has become a “must” for tourists frequenting the area between December and the end of March. Just as in Cabo, you’ll find plenty of tours to choose from each offering a unique appeal, but all guaranteeing that you get to see babies being born and mesmerizing water displays from the gentle giants.
Take a look at Punta Mita Expeditions who offer 3-hour whale watching luxury cruises out on the Sea of Cortez where you’ll also be treated to the spectacular fauna of Bahia de Banderas! For some unforgettable photos and stories to share, make sure whale watching is on your vacation itinerary this winter!