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  • Address: Baja California Penninsula, Mexico
The Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California), lies between the Baja California Peninsula and mainland Mexico. This stretch of the Pacific, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most diverse seas in the world and home to more than 3,000 marine species, including hammerhead sharks, sea lions, and sea turtles. 

The Basics
While the Sea of Cortez stretches along roughly 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) of Mexico’s coastline, the Los Cabos region in Baja California Sur is a popular jumping off point for tours. Many Sea of Cortez excursions leave from Cabos San Lucas, Todos Santos, San José del Cabo, and other nearby towns. 

There’s no shortage of things to do, whether you want to fish, snorkel, scuba dive, or horseback ride on the beach. You can also swim with massive whale sharks or relax on a sunset cruise. Whale-watching tours are another popular activity; humpback whales, blue whales, and grey whales migrate through the region during fall and winter. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Sea of Cortez is an ideal destination for nature lovers, sun worshippers, and families with kids. 
  • If you plan to snorkel or scuba dive, be sure to wear a wetsuit or long-sleeved rash guard to protect against the sun, jellyfish, and rough coral. 
  • If you’re prone to motion sickness, bring medicine aboard any ocean trips. 
  • Proof of scuba diving certification is required for certified dives.

How to Get There
The Los Cabos region, where many tours depart from, is located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Los Cabos International Airport lies roughly 45 minutes by road from Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos, and 15 minutes by road from San José del Cabo. Rental cars and taxis are good ways to get around in this region. 

When to Get There
Although it doesn’t get hit with very many big storms, the Sea of Cortez is subject to the same hurricane season as the Atlantic—the months of June through November may see an increase in rain and storm activity. Winter (December through April) is the busiest season and the best time for whale watching. 

Biodiversity in the Sea of Cortez
The Sea of Cortez is an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving, with a rich array of marine life and an underwater world of hard coral reefs. A variety of tropical fish species, including pufferfish, yellow snapper, manta rays, and sharks, can be found here, plus large marine mammals such as whales, whale sharks, and dolphins. 

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Los Cabos Combo Tour: Glass-Bottom Boat Ride, City Sightseeing and Shopping, Los Cabos, null
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Los Cabos Combo Tour: Glass-Bottom Boat Ride, City Sightseeing and Shopping

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Discover all that Los Cabos has to offer on this 6-hour guided combo tour. See the famous peaks of El Arco and marine wildlife from a glass-bottom boat. Taste ...  Read more

Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.99
Los Cabos Sea Adventure: Snorkeling, Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Los Cabos, City Tours
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Los Cabos Sea Adventure: Snorkeling, Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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Cruise to a secluded cove near Los Cabos and choose from a range of fun-filled water activities. Go snorkeling with turtles, master the art of stand-up ...  Read more

Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.99
La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Snorkeling
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La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos

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Test your endurance and swim alongside whale sharks, the largest known fish, in the Sea of Cortez on this full-day eco-tour. After driving through a beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.00
Beach Hopper Snorkeling Tour in Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Snorkeling
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Beach Hopper Snorkeling Tour in Los Cabos

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Enjoy a snorkeling tour at two of the best beaches in Los Cabos: Santa Maria Bay and Chileno Bay on the Sea of Cortez. You will also visit Lover’s Beach, ...  Read more

Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Half-Day Snorkeling or Swimming with Sharks Tour in Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Snorkeling
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Half-Day Snorkeling or Swimming with Sharks Tour in Cabo San Lucas

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Experience the emotion and adrenaline to swim and snorkelling safely out of cage with blue sharks, silky sharks, mako, smooth hammerheads and other incredible ...  Read more

Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $190.00
Los Cabos Pirate Ship Snorkel or Dinner Cruise, Los Cabos, Snorkeling
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Los Cabos Pirate Ship Snorkel or Dinner Cruise

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Board a pirate ship and explore the waters of Cabo San Lucas on a snorkel tour or sunset dinner cruise. After taking stock of the famous El Arco rock ...  Read more

Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $78.99
Private Sunset Cruise in Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Day Cruises
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Private Sunset Cruise in Cabo San Lucas

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Enjoy a 2-hour early evening cruise in Cabo San Lucas. See the main landmarks that this place has to offer and cruise along the Sea of Cortez watching the ...  Read more

Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00
Sailing Tour with Snorkel and Lunch, Los Cabos, Sailing Trips
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Sailing Tour with Snorkel and Lunch

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Start a fantastic day aboard the newest sailing catamaran built with green technology and solar power. Here you can enjoy the sun light on its nets with direct ...  Read more

Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Sea of Cortez Snuba Adventure from Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Snorkeling
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Sea of Cortez Snuba Adventure from Los Cabos

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Snuba, a mixture of snorkel and scuba, is the combination of being able to breathe underwater with the ease of snorkeling. Without scuba diving’s heavy, ...  Read more

Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs

From USD $79.00
Private Tour: Sightseeing Cruise and Snorkeling in Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Other Water Sports
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Private Tour: Sightseeing Cruise and Snorkeling in Los Cabos

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Enjoy one of the most popular private tours as you navigate in the waters of the Sea of Cortez and go on a snorkeling adventure. You will enjoy your own ...  Read more

Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $350.00

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