Few places in the world offer a greater abundance of marine wildlife than Baja, Mexico. From California sea lions to brown pelicans, dolphins, orcas, and gray whales, you and your kids will be enthralled by the diverse pulse of life just beneath the surface of these Pacific waters. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Baja’s islands offer a striking contrast with desert flora and fauna. From rattle-less rattlesnakes to blue-footed boobies, unique plant life, and stunning geological features, Baja should rank at the top of your list of Mexico vacations for kids.
Going wild in Baja represents a great way to unplug and unwind while teaching your kids about the unique animals inhabiting this secluded corner of the globe. Lessons in ecology and conservation quite literally come to life here.
The Sea of Cortez
The Sea of Cortez’s turquoise waters bustle with activity. They offer refuge to more than 900 species of fish and five of the seven endangered species of sea turtles left in the world. Huge pods of playful dolphins and California sea lions swim these waters, too, as do massive numbers of whales.
California gray whales predominate here. These gentle giants often provide breathtaking up-close encounters that will teach your children more about the importance of conservation in five minutes than many hours spent in a classroom. Besides gray whales, those who call the Sea of Cortez home include:
- blue whales
- fin whales
- Bryde’s whales
- sperm whales
- killer whales
- false killer whales
- humpback whales
- pilot whales
The Sea of Cortez’s vibrant undersea world is also known for its sun stars, sea urchin, colorful crowds of fish, and much more. The immense variety of wildlife makes the Sea of Cortez the true highlight of Mexico family vacations.
The Islands of Baja
The cactus-studded islands bordering the 800-mile-long peninsula of the Gulf of California prove remote and uninhabited, enriching the splendor of their natural settings. Some of them play home to large colonies of sea lions and seabirds making them among the top family vacation destinations for adventure-seekers.
Baja California boasts more than 160 species of amphibians and reptiles. Among the creatures who call these islands home you’ll find:
- brown-footed boobies
- blue-footed boobies
- Baja California leopard lizards
- “rattle-less” Santa Catalina rattlesnakes
Although isolated and foreboding at first sight, you and your family will be delighted to check out these islands and their unique plant life and wildlife.
The Ecology of Baja
The islands and waterways of Baja represent ecological gems. Whether you’re snorkeling in the sparkling Sea of Cortez or scoping out wildlife among the delicate desert ecosystems of Baja’s many islands, you’ll find countless opportunities to introduce ecological themes to your kids.
After all, ecology looks at how organisms relate to their environment or ecosystem. And precious ecosystems abound here: sea lion colonies, whale pods, schools of tropical fish, and so much more.
A strong education in ecology needs to start young: “research indicates the early childhood years are an important time for learning about the environment.” A trip to Baja proves humbling and rewarding. It will help you raise more compassionate kids who foster a passionate resolve to protect the natural world and its ecosystems.
Mexico Vacations for Kids
Interested in one-of-a-kind Mexico vacations for kids? Check out our eight-day Family Wildlife Adventure in Baja, Mexico. This family-focused tour will take you on the adventure of a lifetime along the Baja California peninsula. Besides snorkeling adventures at the archipelago of Espíritu Santo, you’ll visit Cabo Pulmo National Park and the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve.
At Our Whole Village, we create tours carefully designed for families who want to create lasting memories while making a difference. We’re here to help you and your family experience the world, its people, and its cultures. Contact us today to learn more about the unforgettable experiences that we handcraft for families just like yours.