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This itinerary in the southern part of Mexico’s sunny Baja Peninsula provides an experience that cannot be matched. Come witness an extraordinary spectacle as hordes of magnificent gray whales use Magdalena Bay as their breeding and birthing ground at the tail end (no pun intended!) of their migration from the frigid and distant waters of Alaska. Two whale-watching excursions deliver an incredibly close view of these majestic giants breaching the surface – so close, in fact, that you may just get the chance to reach out and touch them!
This supreme privilege comes as an added bonus at the end of an already life-changing family trip! In the quaint artists’ town of Todos Santos, you’ll ride on horsebackdown a vast strip of white sand beach, meet and spend quality time with your kids’ Mexican pen pals, and learn how to surf from an expert instructor. And in the laid-back little beachfront city of La Paz, the fun is just as endless; hike through desert cliffs overlooking stunningly blue ocean views, swim with playful sea lions around the rocky islets they use as their hangout, and kayak around the mangroves in the crystal clear waters of Balandra Bay!
Welcome to Mexico’s Baja! Bordered by both the wild Pacific Ocean and the protected Sea of Cortez, this finger-like desert peninsula is a haven for exotic plants, birds and animals (both terrestrial and marine) and home to friendly and welcoming people. Whether vacationing with teens or with youngsters—the Baja offers unexpected delights and adventures for all ages.
- Welcome dinner at Santo Vino
An undiscovered gem, Todos Santos is back-dropped by the Sierra de Laguna Mountains and rimmed with gorgeous beaches and lush gardens. It’s an official Pueblo Mágico—one of Mexico’s 50 off-the-beaten-path towns known for their “magical” ambiance. During your time here, you and the kids will have the chance to make local friends and fully explore this fascinating, less-traveled area—on foot, by horseback, and in the water.
- Todos Santos Historical Tour
- Horseback ride on the beach
- Fun with local kids
- Hang Ten! Learn to surf
- Beach time
- Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
- Dinners at Landi's and La Casita Tapas & Wine Bar
- Hike striking desert cliffs overlooking the ocean
- Beach Picnic
- Mexican cooking lesson
Cross the peninsula, arriving in La Paz on the Sea of Cortez. Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez— one of the planet’s most bio-diverse ecosystems—“the aquarium of the world” and “the Galapagos of North America.” Our adventure at Los Islotes today is a trip highlight—an unforgettable nose-to-nose (literally!) encounter with the local sea lions that thrive in these nutrient-rich waters.
- Transfer to La Paz
- Kayaking in picturesque, tranquil Balandra Bay
- Swimming with sea lions
- Dinner at El Bismarkcito
Magdalena Bay is one of the best places on the continent to view the seasonal migration of California gray whales. From the nutrient-rich waters of Alaska, the grays begin their southbound journey in autumn, swimming more than 4,000 miles to the Baja coast. From late January through mid-March, the 35-mile-long Magdalena Bay, sheltered from the wild Pacific by barrier sand islands, serves as the whales’ breeding and birthing ground. During our time here, two whale-watching excursions will put you and your family right in the thick of things... you’ll be so close to these magnificent mammals, it will take your breath away.
- Magdalena Bay whale watching
- Magdalena Bay – more whale watching
- Transfer to Todos Santos
- Farewell dinner
After a fond farewell, a Thomson Family Adventures representative will help with your transfer to the airport in San Jose del Cabo for your international flight home. Hasta luego...!
Located on the ocean side of Todos Santos, Serendipity is a beautiful property with gorgeous views. The individually configured casitas (little houses) each feature comfortable beds, air conditioning and a full bath. Other amenity highlights include a pool and Jacuzzi, and a central pavilion with a fireplace.
The Seven Crown La Paz Centro Hotel is located in downtown La Paz, Baja California Sur just 2 blocks from the Malecon. This hotel features 50 Guest Rooms and Suites, a swimming pool, wireless internet access, and exceptional service.
Established in 1996, the Hotel Brennan is a cozy, family-run hotel located in Puerto San Carlos. The hotel features 14 individually decorated rooms, each with ceiling fans and satellite TV. Not far from Magdalena Bay, Hotel Brennan is a convenient jumping off point for whale watching.
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