When you imagine a trip to Baja Mexico, kayaking is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Though it is not nearly as popular of a vacation activity as soaking up the sun on the beach, fishing, or surfing, sea kayaking is becoming increasingly popular among tourists in the Baja area.
Because of the warm year-round temperatures, a kayaking trip to Baja Mexico can be set up for almost any time of the year. However, the balmy temperatures and warm waters present October through May make it the most popular time for kayakers. The Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) is one of the best kayaking spots although the other side of the peninsula, the Pacific Ocean side, is also highly acclaimed.
Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez is an experience unlike any other in the world. It is a wonderful way to reach rocky outcroppings, small islands, and hard-to-reach beaches that most tourists don’t even think about. It is also a great way to see more of the local plant and animal life – and, man, is there a lot of it. The Sea of Cortez is one of the most biologically diverse places in the world and kayaking lets you get up close and personal with much of the life that calls it home.
Experienced kayakers will feel confident in planning their own excursions in the waters around the Baja Peninsula. It is a relatively safe area to kayak in and the only real worry are the sudden high winds (colloquially known as El Norte). However, if you’ve kayaked in rough conditions before and use your common sense of safety, you should be totally fine while kayaking in Baja.
If you’re new to kayaking, you’re still in luck. Baja is a great place for beginners as well. A number of guided kayaking operations are available. Most offer both single kayaks and double kayaks so that you can learn at your own pace. Many visitors even chose to embark on guided kayaking tours of the surrounding area. Some of these tours last five, six, or even ten days. It’s a completely unique way to see the secrets of Baja and fit a fair share of adventure into your vacation as well.
Kayaking in Baja is still an under-the-radar activity but it is quickly becoming more popular. Whether you want to spend a few hours on the water or a full week trekking along the coast, Baja has you covered.