humpback whale on the pacific coast

A major attraction for those on vacation in Mexico is without a doubt whale watching, more specifically in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cabo San Lucas and the Islands of Loreto, is one of the largest marine mammals found in the Pacific Ocean – the humpback whale. From late November to early May, thousands of humpback whales migrate to the warmer waters that lie off the Pacific Coast of Mexico to breed and birth their young. During this time, visitors can spot a number of these gentle giants jumping and surfacing the water in a fantastic display, that for many, will be a once in a lifetime experience.

Witnessing the unbelievable presentations put on by the Humpback whales in the wild is unlike any other experience in nature. The massive creatures toss their bodies around with an agility that is nothing less than impressive, especially given that the average whale weighs in at more than 50 tons. When on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas or Riviera Nayarit, it is not uncommon to see them come up out of the water near your boat, creating a spectacular sight and an exotic adventure all at the same time. Whale watching tours head out daily from each of the top Mexico destinations, and few return disappointed. With so many whales in the water, it is no wonder whale watching tours are on top of many people’s bucket lists when taking a Mexico vacation during the winter months.

There are numerous local companies that offer whale watching tours that almost guarantee you will see a whale in winter. Puerto Vallarta and Cabo tours are notorious for bringing back happy customers who have gotten to see a surfacing hump or tail, or for those who were truly lucky, the entire body breaching the surface of the water. Visitors can sign up for half day or full day tour, with a variety of boats, ranging from small to large, to pick from. Regardless of which you choose, it is likely that you will get up close and personal with the whales on an incredible encounter.

When gearing up for a whale watching tour in Puerto Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas, keep your eyes peeled for other sea life including sea turtles, seals, dolphins, and an incredible amount of marine birds. Tour guides, who experience the thrill of the wild on a daily basis, are accustomed to spotting wildlife, so it is a good idea to keep up a friendly conversation with the guide throughout your tour. Fortunately, they more often than not will be able to point out where you can catch a glimpse of marine life, whether it’s a fast flying baby dolphin, two male whales fighting for the attention of a female, or a sea turtle lounging about in the open sea. The local tour guides are knowledgeable, and just by paying attention to their explanations, you will walk away knowing so much more about the beautiful beasts that frequent the Pacific coast of Mexico.

If whale watching is on your Mexico vacation itinerary, don’t forget to bring a camera with a good lens or consider bringing binoculars on your tour in case the whales spotted are seen farther out. If you don’t remember either, chances are the tour company will be taking a few shots for you, so sit back and revel in the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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