Surfari! Baja Surf Camp

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On this very special family adventure in Mexico's Baja Peninsula, your family will have an opportunity to learn how to surffrom Mario, our energetic guide who has developed his own top-notch system of teaching the tough but rewarding water sport. He guarantees that you'll get up on the board, and after four extensive lessons, you may have found yourself a new lifelong hobby!

On every day of the trip except one, you'll have a morning or afternoon surf lesson, learning something new each time. During the first lesson, Mario and his team of instructors will host a practice session on the beach for you and your family, helping you master all the moves before you head into the water to give it a shot. Each lesson after that will lead you back into the water to review what's been taught so far and to build on your recently acquired skills, and the instructors will focus on helping everyone in the family catch their first waves all by themselves. You may even have to move to shorter, narrower boards for a more advanced ride. 

For those who already have some experience with surfing, the waves at Los Cerritos break in sections, so you can always paddle farther out to ride some larger waves! 

In addition to surfing, we'll also have chances to ride on horsebackon a vast stretch of pristine beach, visit and volunteerwith the children of the non-profit Palapa Society, and swim with sea lions at Los Islotesin the famed Sea of Cortez

This Surfari Baja Surf Camp is an active family's dream come true, with abundant activity to keep everyone entertained in a unique and beautiful natural setting. Kids and adults alike will have a blast learning to surf in sun-soaked Baja! 

2014 Dates
Dates 6 or more
travelers
2 to 5
travelers
Internal Air Special
Features
06/22 - 06/28 $2,690 $2,990

*Families of 4 or more save $750 per person

07/13 - 07/19 $2,690 $2,990

*Families of 4 or more save $750 per person

For 2015, private departures are available on the dates of your choice, depending on availability.

Child Discount: $200 per child under 12

Triple Discount: $400 for child under 12 sharing with two adults in 2014; $300 in 2015 

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

Prices are based on the number of people in your party.

Price includes: All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

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Day 1 – Depart home / Arrive San Jose del Cabo

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. After your arrival into Cabo, transfer to Todos Santos, check into your accommodations at Los Colibris, and prepare for a spectacular family adventure!

 

  • Welcome dinner at Hotel California
Days 2-3 – Todos Santos

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. Of course, you'll also be learning to surf using our guide Mario's tried and true method! 

 

  • Optional morning yoga
  • First Los Cerritos surfing lesson
  • Horseback ride on the beach
  • Dinner at Landi Ortega's home-style Mexican restaurant
  • Los Cerritos surfing round 2 
  • Palapa Society volunteer visit 
  • Dinner at La Casita Tapas & Wine Bar
Day 4 – Todos Santos

We'll take a 90-minute drive today from Todos Santos to La Paz, where we'll board a boat that will take us to a permanent sea lion colony!

 

  • Swim with sea lions at Los Islotes
Days 5-6 – Todos Santos
 
  • Optional morning yoga
  • Todos Santos historical tour option
  • Los Cerritos surfing lessons 3 and 4
  • Mexican cooking lesson
  • Farewell dinner at Michael's the Gallery
Day 7 – Todos Santos to San Jose del Cabo / Arrive home

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...! 

Los Colibris Casitas

Los Colibris—The Hummingbirds—is located in Todos Santos, just a ten-minute walk from the area's beautiful beaches. The property features two big casas (houses) and two casitas (little houses) with a total of six comfortable bedrooms. Each building is configured and decorated in a unique way. The accommodations all include a kitchen or kitchenette with appliances, a dining area, a balcony, porch or patio, ceiling fans, and lovely views of the Pacific Ocean and lagoon.

Why Baja?

The aquarium of the world
Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez “the aquarium of the world” and “the Galapagos of North America.” About 39 percent of the world’s marine mammal species and 70 percent of the world’s marine cetacean species live or migrate though here, making this region one of the planet’s most bio-diverse ecosystems. Baja is also home to small animals such as the flying mobula (very similar to manta rays) and the vaquita marina, or sea calf (declared by the Natural Resources Defense Council to be “the world’s rarest, most endangered porpoise”), as well as to the world’s largest animal—the blue whale. The Sea of Cortez also plays seasonal host to humpback, killer, pilot and grey whales and permanent resident populations of fin and sperm whales. Family travel to the region is a perfect way to share the wonders of this corner of the planet in a highly personal and up-close adventure.
An easy-to-get-to destination
As our south-of-the-border neighbor, Baja is easy to get to. Direct flights depart from many U.S. airports, including Newark, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. It’s a great destination for families who want to experience a completely unique, beautiful, and totally different culture and environment that’s a stress-free plane ride away.
Where the desert meets the ocean
One of the most striking things about the Baja peninsula is the incredible juxtaposition of desert and sea, happy home to both cactus and seagull. Artists and photographers are lured here by the quality of light, marine sports enthusiasts come to enjoy the challenging fun above and below the surface of the inviting big blue sea, and families have discovered that a trip to the Baja offers a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.
Warm, hospitable people
Travel with Thomson to Baja offers countless opportunities to both enjoy the great outdoor activities of the area, and to make friends with some of the local residents. The people are family-oriented, relaxed, and always ready to welcome visitors into the fold. Throughout your family trip you’ll meet English-speaking locals who happily share their stories and insights into the area. Your kids will also have the wonderful opportunity to play a soccer game and enjoy a piñata party with local children. More often than not, families find that they have not only had a great time together in Baja, but have made many new Mexican friends as well.
Surfing hotspot
The Pacific beaches of Todos Santos have some of the most famous surf breaks in the Baja Peninsula, making it a great place for your eager child to take that first lesson, or brush up on your form if you’ve already got your moves down.
The last frontier
The people of Mexico consider the Baja “the last frontier.” Ten million years ago the southern part of this peninsula was an island, and this isolation gave rise to the great diversity of native plant and animal species found here. More than 23 percent of the plants and 10 percent of the animals found in southern Baja are endemics. In addition to such fascinating wildlife as the babisuri (ring-tailed cats), mountain lions, and Baja ground squirrels, a wonderful array of birdlife inhabits the lower peninsula, including the endemic cape pygmy owl, Xantus hummingbird and Belding’s yellowthroat. This unique eco-region is also home to the last populations of pronghorn antelope, puma, mule deer and mountain sheep in Mexico. We believe the Baja is one of the great natural treasures of North America... those who visit all seem to agree.
Excellent eats
Every meal in Baja is casual and delicious. Get comfortable and enjoy some delectable, authentic Mexican comfort food. Eat chilaquiles and huevos rancheros to start off a full day of family adventure. At lunch and dinner time, get your fill of home and house-made tacos, enchiladas, and burritos with chicken, beef, fish, or pork, and tomato, green chile, and mole sauces.

Why Baja with Thomson?

Amazing guides
Our local guides in Baja are extremely knowledgeable and proud of their beloved culture, and they are so lively and full of energy, your kids won’t even be able to keep up with them! With positive attitudes and can’t-be-fazed demeanors, our guides will see to it that everything behind the scenes is taken care of so you won’t have to worry about a single detail of your family adventure.
Expert surf lessons 
Surfing is a very tough sport to learn, but it's extremely fun when you get the hang of it. Your family will have the special opportunity to learn in a small, personal setting from a fun-loving and experienced surfer whose individual and reliable technique guarantees that everyone will get up on their boards!
Spend quality time with local children of the Palapa Society
Our family trips are so much more than simply tourism. We’ll help your family get inspired to change the world. In Todos Santos, you’ll visit the Palapa Society, a non-profit civil organization founded to help young Mexican children learn to speak English and develop strong, friendly links between them and the English-speaking people living in the area and throughout the world. The people at the Palapa Society believe that children are the most precious resource in the world, and they are committed to improving the quality of their lives. Your family will have the chance to speak with these children and work with them, proving to your kids that no border can hinder true friendship and solidarity.