The Winter season is one of the most popular times to visit Los Cabos. Its sunny, mild temperatures and picturesque scenery make it an attractive destination for those looking to escape the frigid weather of their hometowns. People flock to the area every year around this time to relax, catch some sun and spend time with their loved ones.
Cabo is so popular, in fact, that humans aren’t the only ones migrating there for the winter. Each year, many species of whales including Gray Whales and Humpback whales, who recently bounced back from the brink of extinction
, journey from the freezing waters of the Arctic down to Baja California, making it their unofficial home away from home from December through April.
But, why Cabo?
The warm waters and abundant marine life of the pacific ocean offer whales a comfortable place to mate, give birth, and spend quality time with their offspring. This mass migration offers a unique opportunity for Cabo residents and visitors to witness these majestic creatures up close.
Humpback Whales are the species most frequently seen during whale watch tours in Cabo. They are distinguishable by their long, wing-like flippers, and the small protuberances on their heads known as tubercles, which are as unique as any human fingerprint.
December and January are the best months for whale watching in Cabo, as that is when the Humpback Whale population in the area reaches its apex. This stretch of time is also peak mating season for whales, and it is very likely you will see males doing their best to capture the attention of females (not too different from the nightlife in Cabo).
While whale migration happens close enough to the shore to make their movement relatively easy to track, the best way to witness these beautiful creatures is being out on the water. There are a number of whale watching tours
in Cabo San Lucas to choose from if you want an up close experience with some of nature’s most magnificent creations.
Typically, the best time of day to spot whales is in the afternoon, so make sure you book your excursion at an optimal time to give yourself the best chance of seeing these large mammals in person. There is also a good chance you will see other marine life during these excursions such as sea lions, dolphins, rays, and even sharks! So, next time you find yourself in Baja California, make sure you include a whale watching trip on your list of cool things to do in Cabo