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North America Baja California Cruise

From Southern California to Baja: Sailing the Pacific Coast

Experience the splendid and surprising diversity of the Pacific coast as you explore on this 12-day California cruise from Los Angeles to La Paz, Mexico. Discover the region’s world-renowned food and wine, including a private lunch at a boutique vineyard in the acclaimed Valle de Guadalupe. Meet the residents of Isla Natividad, an incredibly successful coop within the Vizcaino Biosphere, and learn the inspiring story of their sustainable fishing practices. Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena and count the 40 species of birds that inhabit this area. Snorkel in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the only hard coral reef in North America, which features over 220 species of fish, and watch the sunrise illuminate El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.

With a committed and experienced expedition team, enjoy this exclusive Pacific coast voyage aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Venture. Gather tips and take photos with the certified photo instructor aboard. Enjoy daily morning stretch classes on deck and wellness treatments in the spa with the wellness specialist. Hang out with an expedition naturalist as she or he scours the horizon for migrating whales and nesting birds.

Cruise from Los Angeles, California and sail south to Baja making stops in Channel Islands National Park before heading into Mexico for a tour of the Pacific coast along Baja’s breathtaking coastline. Round the horn in Cabo San Lucas to sail north to the bustling small town of La Paz.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Baja cruises.



Itinerary

From Southern California to Baja: Sailing the Pacific Coast Itinerary

This 12-day California to Baja cruise begins in Los Angeles, California and ends in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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Day 1
Embark Los Angeles, California

Arrive in Los Angeles and embark the ship. Get excited to cruise the Pacific coast from Los Angeles to La Paz, Mexico on this exclusive voyage. Prepare your tastebuds for world-renowned food and wine, and ensure your journal is ready to memorialize special moments with inspiring locals and magical wildlife along the way.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Channel Islands National Park & Catalina Island

Not far from the city lights, these islands are a world away; home to incredibly diverse and endemic flora and fauna. Spend the day kayaking, hiking one of the many trails, or simply relaxing ashore. Join the naturalists for a more strenuous hike out to the base of the Torrey Pines, considered one of the world’s rarest pines, and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Ensenada & the Valle de Guadalupe

Vineyards and culinary marvels await as you explore one of the world’s emerging wine regions, the Valle de Guadalupe.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
San Quintin Exploration

Join the naturalists to explore the marshlands surrounding Bahía San Quintín, spotting dozens of birds, including several threatened species. The bay is located along the Pacific Flyway migration route and sees more than 25,000 birds pass through in the winter.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 7
Guerrero Negro, Islas San Benito, Isla Natividad & At Sea

Tour the world’s largest salt works in Guerrero Negro and learn about the communities’ efforts to balance booming industry with fragile environments. Explore Ojo de Liebre lagoon and its plentiful wildlife before sailing to Islas San Benito, home to thousands of breeding elephant seals. Next, visit Isla Natividad to learn of this community’s exemplary protection of the Vizcaino Biosphere. On a day at sea search for a wide variety of marine life including the largest animal on Earththe blue whale, listen to naturalist talks and learn photography tips and tricks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Bahia Magdalena

Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena on a walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Los Cabos & Gorda Banks

Cruise past Friars Rocks and visit the historic town center of San Jóse del Cabo before cruising Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, renowned gathering places for whales, dolphins and other marine life.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 11
Cabo Pulmo & Los Islotes

Snorkel the pristine reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Park and chat with locals about their advocacy to protect this unique place. With luck, swim with sea lions before relaxing ashore.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Disembark La Paz, Baja

Disembark in La Paz and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

From Southern California to Baja cruise begins in Los Angeles, California (LAX) and ends in La Paz, Baja with a transfer to Los Cabos, Baja, California (SJD). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Los Angeles by 2:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary in order to meet at the San Pedro hotel by 5:00pm; a hospitality room may be available. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 13 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Los Cabos no earlier than 1:00pm, following an expected 11:00am transfer arrival at the airport. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique. 

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Nov 30 - Dec 11, 2020
National Geographic Venture • 12 days
From $7930USD
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Dec 05 - Dec 16, 2021
National Geographic Venture • 12 days
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Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Venture

The 100-guest National Geographic Venture is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves and fast-moving channels while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort.

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Flexible Cancellation Available Close To Departure on 2020 & 2021 National Geographic Expeditions

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