Mexico's Sea of Cortés Experience Guide
The youngest sea in the world, the Sea of Cortés came into being over 5 million years ago when tectonic plates shifted, separating what is today Baja California from mainland Mexico.
Over 700 miles long, this narrow sea is a glittering turquoise jewel, dotted with many islands predominantly located along its western shoreline and outlined by the long arm of the Baja peninsula. A dramatic desert of soft, muted greens, golds, and reds, the land rises quickly from the sea along the Sierra de la Giganta — the peninsula’s mountainous spine.
On land, and on — or in! — the water, it’s easy to get lulled into the quiet, gentle rhythm of this sun-kissed state. But below the surface of the sea and in all the nooks and crannies of rocky red cliffs and high reaching cardon cactus, the land is teeming with life.
It’s always a good time to visit the Sea of Cortés! In this protected body of water, conditions are mild and stable most of the year, with minimal variations.
The biggest changes are likely to be seen among migrating birds and marine life. Gray whales, for example, spend summers in Alaska and come to Mexico during winter months to have their babies in the warmer southern waters.
From migratory to endemic, there is always unique and astounding wildlife to see. The chart to the right gives you an overview of what, and when, you might see the fauna of the Sea of Cortés.
Mexico’s Sea of Cortés Slideshow
Get a glimpse of our Baja adventure cruise! Rugged red-rock landscapes. Picture-perfect coves. Wildlife and life on board
Click the image at left to view our slideshow. It will give you a visual taste of what you’ll experience along the western coast of the Sea of Cortés.