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Baja California

Baja California and Mexico's Sea of Cortez reveal a land of contrasts. Beautifully harsh, cactus-covered desert landscapes and islands give way to rich waters home to whales, dolphins and countless sea creatures. Explore the unique nature of this spectacular peninsula by kayak, luxury yacht and expedition ship for unparalleled access to remote environments.

Baja Cruises Aboard Small Ships & Yachts

Cruise up close aboard Baja's finest small ships ranging in size from 62 to 86 passengers. Our experts have guided dozens of expeditions and will help you find the right Baja cruise at the best price. Baja cruises sell out early, call today!

Baja - the Ultimate Winter Getaway

Escape the cold to relax in the sun! The Baja Peninsula and Mexico's Sea of Cortez offer spectacular marine and desert wilderness right in our own backyard. Travel beyond the resorts by small ship, exploring up close hiking with a naturalist, snorkeling and sea kayaking. View amazing grey whales up close in an unforgettable Baja cruise.


Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California
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From $5690
8 days
Travel Season
DecJan

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Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California

Fall under the spell of Baja on the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird. This expedition unites its twin facets: culture and wildness. Hop among pristine desert islands, rife with endemic species, rare plants and towering forests of cacti.
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Baja California: Among the Great Whales
From $5830
8 days
Travel Season
JanFebMar

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Baja California: Among the Great Whales

Having an up-close encounter with a gray whale can be a life-changing experience! Venture among these giants in zodiacs. Join guided walks on desert islands, snorkel with sea lions, scuba dive and kayak. The 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion and Sea Bird offers the best in active exploration of the Sea of Cortez.
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Baja's Whale Bounty
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From $2995
8 days
Travel Season
JanFebMar

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Baja's Whale Bounty

Explore the Sea of Cortez, a World Heritage Site, aboard the luxurious 84-guest Safari Endeavour. Snorkel, kayak and paddleboard in the warm crystalline waters of Baja. Hike ashore along cactus-clad rims. Experience pods of dolphins and view whales and radiant sunset cruising.
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Cousteau's Aquarium of the World
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From $2995
8 days
Travel Season
AprMayJunNovDec

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Cousteau's Aquarium of the World

In a setting of steep bluffs and sandy beaches, uncover the area of Cabo Pulmo, where French Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau led numerous expeditions. This Baja expedition offers opportunities to snorkel amon gentle whale sharks and sea lion pups, and explore the desert landscape explored by Cousteau.
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Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez
From $5550
8 days
Travel Season
Apr

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Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

Experience the best that Baja has to offer on this spring season Baja expedition, and take advantage of the consistently calm waters — ideal for swimming and snorkeling. In April, air temperatures are warm but not too hot and the occasional spring rains bring forth colorful cactus blossoms.
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Baja: A Remarkable Journey
From $9790
15 days
Travel Season
Mar

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Baja: A Remarkable Journey

Discover leaping dolphins, breaching whales and sculpturally perched pelicans on this exciting Mexico cruise in the vibrant Sea of Cortez. This special Baja photo expedition is one of the most exciting and comprehensive cruises to Baja and offers the unique opportunity to explore the wild shores and desert islands that are true photographer’s paradise.
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Baja Intimate Insider
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From $2095
7 days
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Baja Intimate Insider

On this 7-day Baja insider adventure you will have first-rate interactions with owners, artists, rancheros and chefs amidst a small group of like-minded travelers. With our hand-picked local guides and connections, you will quickly become an "insider" in Baja California!
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The peninsula of Baja California, Mexico, and the Sea of Cortez are a land of contrast. Sparse desert landscapes are fringed by spectacular white beaches, peaceful bays and imposing cliffs. Remote isolated islands dot abundant seas full of whales, porpoise, dolphins, rays and endless varieties of fish. The region, long known for its sport-fishing and beaches, is a wilderness paradise in our own backyard, perfect for AdventureSmith's style of up-close explorations cruising aboard a small expedition ship, paddling your sea kayak or hiking with your naturalist guide.

Baja California, long known for its sport-fishing and beaches, is a wilderness paradise in our own backyard, perfect for AdventureSmith's style of up-close explorations cruising aboard a small expedition ship.

The Baja California peninsula is one of the most diverse geographical areas of the world and is still very much a frontier. The region is home to some of the earth's most beautiful deserts, semi-tropical and mountainous regions, pine forests, hundreds of miles of untouched beaches and coastline. Explore Spanish mission history and pre-Columbian rock art in addition to a botanical wonderland of coexisting cacti and pines, palms and aspens set beside rock pool oasis.

Most Mexicans consider Baja a far-off place, much in the way Americans think of Alaska... distant, mystical, harsh and beautiful. AdventureSmith's trips to the Baja Peninsula venture off the beaten track, away from crowded resorts, to focus on the incredible diversity of the region. One of our favorite ways to explore the peninsula is by water. Whether from a small ship, private yacht or kayak, there are more than 1,600 miles of coastline to explore. The some 900 islands of the Sea of Cortez are known as the Mexican Galapagos for their diversity and rare endemic species found nowhere else on earth. In between islands it is not uncommon to see blue whales, spinner dolphins and sea lions. Remote beaches provide a place to relax, swim or snorkel abundant waters. Each winter gray whales migrate south from their arctic feeding grounds to breed and rear their young in Baja California's sheltered lagoons, making it one of North America's premier whale watching sites. Along the Baja Peninsula, just a couple hours south of California explore one of North America's most beautiful, exciting yet untraveled regions.

The Baja Peninsula is an ideal place to escape cold North American winters. The region has only two seasons, the hot summer from mid May through October and the mild winter from November through mid May. Most of the 800-mile peninsula lies within a coastal desert where the possibility of rain is slim, but not impossible. 

The southern region is influenced by the tropics and can receive some rain and humidity.  Interior Baja can be unbearably hot during the summer when travel is restricted to the coast.  During this time waters are warm, calm and visibility for diving and snorkeling is best. The west coast features a climate similar to coastal California with a cool marine influence keeping beach and coastal temperatures mild.

Baja Average Temperature & Rainfall

Baja California - Mexico

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 80 85 85 90 95 100 100 100 100 95 85 80
Avg. Low (F) 60 65 70 75 80 85 85 85 85 80 70 60
Water Temp. (F) 60 60 65 68 70 73 75 80 80 78 73 65

 

Cabo Surf Hotel & Spa

Cabo Surf Hotel & Spa

The Cabo Surf Hotel is a boutique beach resort located on one of the most privileged beaches in Los Cabos: Acapulquito, also known as "Old Man's." The hotel was voted the 7th best kept secret out of 21 and was listed in Lucky Magazine as one of the editor’s splurges.
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Casa Natalia

Casa Natalia

Casa Natalia, Los Cabo’s first luxury European boutique hotel and restaurant, is a breathtaking oasis that offers an intimate alternative previously not available to Cabo travelers.
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National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion

Twin expedition ships National Geographic Sea Lion and Sea Bird accommodate 62 guests with special features including a hydrophone and Splash-Cam. Onboard experts from National Geographic make these ships unique. 
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Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

The newly refurbished 84-guest Safari Endeavour offers the luxury and amenities of an Alaska yacht cruise with the price and efficiency of a small ship cruise. Suites on this ship feature balconies and Tempur-Pedic® mattresses.
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Safari Voyager

Safari Voyager

The Safari Voyager luxury small ship carries 64 guests in comfort and style. All cabins are above the waterline with large picture windows. Enjoy an elegant dining room, library and ample deck space as you cruise Baja California.
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Todos Santos Inn

Todos Santos Inn

The Todos Santos Inn is a grand old hacienda located in the heart of the Todos los Santos historic district, walking distance to all the shops, restaurants and art galleries. Built in the mid 19th century, this former home of a sugar baron has been sensitively restored as an historic village inn.
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