Mexico Sea of Cortés Reading Lists

These resources are suggested to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the history, unique culture, wilderness, and wildlife of Mexico.

Guide Books

Baja California Plant Field Guide - Jon Rebman, Norman Roberts
The third edition of this user-friendly guide includes over 700 plant species found in Baja, 35% of which are endemic, and is filled with illustrations and interesting taxonomic information as well as background details on the geology and climate of the region.

Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage from Baja to Siberia - Dick Russell
A narration of the incredible migration gray whales make each year from Baja to the Bering Strait is interwoven with the history of a 19th-century whaling captain whose change of heart leads him to become a renowned naturalist.

Gray Whales: Wandering Giants - Robert Stebbins
Filled with color photos, this natural history guide to the gray whale chronicles human fascination with the giant mammal.

The Desert Islands of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez - Stewart Aitchison
Get an in-depth look at the natural history of the unique and unexpectedly, biologically rich islands dotting the coastline.

Roadside Geology and Biology of Baja California - John Minch, Edwin Minch and Jason Minch
Intelligent, fascinating mile-by-mile guide with photos and sketches describing Baja's unique geology and biology.

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Sixth Edition - Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
Packed with valuable birding information; maps of migration patterns, breakdowns of species and subspecies, habitat details, identification tips, photos, and more.

Sea of Cortez Marine Invertebrates - Alex Kerstitch and Hans Bertsch
Photos, habitat information, detailed descriptions, and natural history of over 300 invertebrates in Baja’s.

Fiction

King of the Moon: A Novel of Baja California - Gene Kira
A beautiful, vividly told big fish tale of real Baja as told through the fictitious lives of a family in a small fishing village along the Sea of Cortés.

The Pearl - John Steinbeck
In one of Steinbeck’s most read stories, a diver finds a giant pearl he hopes to use to pay for a doctor for his ailing son, but instead uncovers hardship and tragedy.

Memoirs

Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California - Bruce Berger
Berger paints an unforgettable picture of remote Baja in vibrant stories of the characters he meets throughout his 30 years living on and exploring the peninsula.

Into A Desert Place - Graham Mackintosh
An adventurous account of an Englishman’s experience falling in love with Baja and his journey to walk the entire 800-mile length of the peninsula.

The Log from the Sea of Cortez - John Steinbeck
In 1940, Steinbeck and his friend, biologist Ed Rickets set out aboard The Western Flyer for a 6-week exploration collecting plant and animal specimens along the Sea of Cortés. This is their colorful day-by-day account.

Telling Our Way to the Sea - A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez - Aaron Hirsh
A rich storytelling of Hirsh's time leading students on studies in remote fishing villages offers an eye-opening look into the natural history, effects of environmental change, and the human footprint.