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.
Mexico Travel FAQs
ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
Q. Do you have specific arrival and departure guidelines I should follow when making my travel plans?
Q. How physically active is this itinerary?
The activity level can be as active or relaxed as you are comfortable with and choose. There are opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and nature walks. However, it is your choice whether to participate in the activities or just relax on the beach (or on board with a book and margarita.)
Q. Are kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling gear, and wet suits provided?
Kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling gear (fins and masks), and wet suits are available on board for guest use.
Q. Can I scuba dive?
Sorry, scuba diving is not permitted from the vessel.
Q. What kind of payments do you accept in Mexico?
The only form of payment for onboard purchases such as additional massages, apparel, and gratuities are cash (Pesos or US Dollars) or credit cards.
Q. What immunizations do I need before travel to tropical destinations?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all visitors of Mexico are up-to-date on vaccinations. Get specific recommendations on the CDC website.
* The CDC also provides updated recommendations concerning the Zika virus in destinations around the world.
Q. How much walking is involved?
This cruise is best enjoyed if you are in good health, fit, and able to enjoy comfortably paced, moderate walks over some uneven terrain and on paths and trails, which are sometimes slippery. Footwear with good traction and support is essential.
Q. Is the water from the tap in my cabin drinkable?
Yes, the vessel filters its own water on board so there should be no concerns about its safety. Complimentary refillable water bottles are provided in each cabin for your use.
Q. My family, including kids, is planning to take this cruise. Is there anything special we should prepare for to travel to Mexico with minors?
Yes, actually. We have this important notice - if you're traveling with minors, take note of special entry requirements. Click here for more details.