Posts Tagged ‘gray whales’

October 27, 2015

Unique Baja Family Vacations

Baja is a fantastic place to visit on a family vacation. This top destination offers endless amounts of adventure, delicious food, rare wildlife sightings, and plenty of opportunities to create long-lasting and special memories. The best part about vacationing in Baja is the unique opportunities that only it can present throughout the year. Choosing what time of year to visit Baja is one of the most important decisions to make when deciding to go there. It all depends on how your family wants to have fun! Baja is full of activities you can only do in Baja and also things you can find in other places, but they’ll be better in Baja.

Horseback Riding

a family on horseback vacationing in Baja

You can horseback ride in many places across the world and where you horseback ride adds a lot to the experience. Your kids will feel like real life cowboys and cowgirls. Baja is the place where desert sands and cacti dotted plains meets the beautiful blue hues of the Pacific Ocean. This is a great scene to share with your kids via horseback.


Another activity that can be done almost anywhere that there’s a body of water large enough, kayaking is always fun to incorporate into a family vacation. What makes kayaking so great in Baja is the Sea of Cortez (more on this a bit further down). The amount of marine life you’ll be surrounded by in the Sea of Cortez is remarkable, breathtaking, and truly memorable.

The Sea of Cortez

You can search the entire world and you won’t ever find an ecosystem like the Sea of Cortez. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been explored by the likes of Steinbeck and Cousteau and for very good reason. Cousteau actually called the Sea of Cortez the “aquarium of the world” because of the vast amounts of endemic marine life that inhabits the waters.

Magdalena Bay


During February, Baja becomes the best place in the world for whale watching. About 1/3 of the world’s whale species can be found in Baja. If whale watching will excite your children, and trust us it will, then Magdalena Bay is the place to go in the winter. This is where the gray whales migrate to for mating season. There are so many whales that it isn’t uncommon to see them jump out of the water or swim right up to your boat to say hello!

Todos Santos

This charming little town in Baja is a great place to spend time with your family. The cuisine is delicious, we love the tacos and ceviche, and the culture is uniquely artistic and wonderful. Every January Peter Buck of R.E.M hosts the Todos Santos Music Festival. The profits of the festival go towards the Palapa Society, a local children’s social benefit organization. There are several other festivals in the town also, a great trip to take with older kids that want a more cultural and mature vacation!

December 12, 2011

The Grey Whales of Baja

Families love the curious grey whales migrating through Baja

Oh, to pat a young grey whale!

Whether you spell it grey or gray, these whales are mighty interesting.

Descended from filter feeding whales that developed over 30 million years ago (30 MILLION!!), grey whales consume ocean worms and crustaceans from the ocean floor and filtered through their baleen.

Growing to 50+ feet long, and weighing as much as 80,000 pounds they are certainly formidable. But curious and friendly too as you can see. Grey whales can live up to 50 years or more, and every year they perform the longest known migration of any other mammal. Their summer feeding grounds are in the icy Arctic waters of the Bering Sea, and in winter they move to their breeding grounds, the warmer waters off the coast of California and Mexico. All along the Pacific coast you can watch their glorious journey.

Thus, thousands of grey whales arrive each year in Baja California. The warm temperature, shallow depth, and limited access to the open sea make the lagoons the ideal places for these marine mammals to mate and to give birth. This environment protects them from the Orcas who use speed when hunting – and speed is hard to obtain in these conditions. A perfect safe haven for the grey whales and their young!

The gestation period for grey whales is 11 – 13 months. The dimply, shortened face is typical of young grey whales, and up close you can see the facial hair on the babies. They can be so curious, they will leap from the water to get a closer look at you – and yes, move in for contact too. A February vacation week is the ideal time to catch this migration in Baja, when the moms and babies are plentiful.

There is someting about the mystery, magic, and curiosity of these giant beings that just makes me want to hug them. How about you?