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  • Address: Baja California Penninsula, Mexico
The Sea of Cortez separates the Baja California peninsula from the mainland in Mexico and has been called the “world’s aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau—for good reason. Home to more than 3,000 marine species, including hammerhead sharks, sea lions, stingrays and moray eels, the Sea of Cortez is a vibrant body of water.

The gulf, made up of 37 islands, is recognized as one of the most diverse seas in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many migratory species pass through the gulf, including humpback whales, killer whales, Humboldt squid, manta rays, leatherback sea turtles and California gray whales. You will also find the vaquita, a gravely endangered porpoise endemic to the northern part of the Gulf of California.

Destinations like Los Cabos lie along the Sea of Cortez and attract numerous travelers for both overnight arrivals and cruise ship excursions. There is no shortage of things to do along the Sea of Cortez; everything from fishing to scuba diving is available, and one of the most popular activities is an all-day trip to Espiritu Island, where you can snorkel and sunbathe while watching sea lions swim in the ocean. Other options include Los Cabos scuba diving, horseback riding on the beach and fishing. If you want to admire the Sea of Cortez from dry land, check out the Los Cabos Palmilla Golf Club, where you can admire views of the gulf from 18 holes of golfing bliss.

Practical Info

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. If you are prone to motion sickness, bring medicine aboard any ocean trips. If you are looking to scuba dive and are already certified, don’t forget to bring your certification card, as dive shops require it.

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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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

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
La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos, Los Cabos, City Tours
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La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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
Los Cabos Whale Watching Cruise Including Breakfast, Los Cabos, Snorkeling
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Los Cabos Whale Watching Cruise Including Breakfast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

LET'S GO WHALE WATCHING! Get close to nature on board our twin level power catamaran. At Cabo Escape we are proud of our reputation for strictly adhering to ...  Read more

Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Sailing Tour with Snorkel and Lunch, Los Cabos, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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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
Los Cabos Sea Adventure: Snorkeling, Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Los Cabos, Snorkeling
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Los Cabos Sea Adventure: Snorkeling, Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

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
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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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
Private Tour: Sightseeing Cruise and Snorkeling in Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Snorkeling
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Private Tour: Sightseeing Cruise and Snorkeling in Los Cabos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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
Los Cabos Pirate Ship Snorkel or Dinner Cruise, Los Cabos, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Los Cabos Pirate Ship Snorkel or Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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
Swimming and Snorkeling in Area with Sea Lions in Sea of Cortez, Todos Santos, Day Cruises
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Swimming and Snorkeling in Area with Sea Lions in Sea of Cortez

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Snorkeling in the area known to have sea lion puppies at the permanent sea lion colony of Los Islotes is one of life's great adventures. On this tour, you will ...  Read more

Location: Todos Santos, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $210.00
Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez from Todos Santos, Todos Santos, Snorkeling
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez from Todos Santos

Kayaking is the perfect way to explore the Sea of Cortez and what the UNESCO World Heritage has mentioned is filled with "striking natural beauty in a ...  Read more

Location: Todos Santos, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $150.00

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