Islands of Loreto Bay
Location: Baja, Mexico
Season: October through May
Trip Length: 6-8 days
The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, separates the Baja California peninsula from the Mexico mainland. Its warm, turquoise waters and 244 islands and islets are a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a whopping 39-percent of the world’s total number of species of marine mammals. This is the place to kayak beside dolphins, whales, and sea lions, as well as charismatic sea birds like blue-footed boobies and pelicans. Most of the Sea of Cortez’s sunny, cactus-studded islands are uninhabited, but still, there’s no place quite like the islands of Loreto Bay, a national marine park, for beauty and tranquilly. With names like Honeymoon Cove, you can be sure you’ll be camping on secluded sand beaches, with crystalline waters full of tropical fish.
Expert outfitter: ROW Sea Kayak Adventures was founded in Baja more than 25 years ago with the explicit intention to share the wild beauty of the Sea of Cortez with like-minded adventure travelers. Naturalist kayaking guides navigate the water, lead hikes and snorkeling swims, and mix the margaritas back at camp.
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