Top Ten Adventures on a Shoestring

Sea Kayaking Baja
Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico
The Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico (Photodisc)

8. Sea Kayaking Baja
With long stretches of untrammeled beach, sheltered coves, and warm water, the coastline of Mexico's Baja California is ideally suited for sea kayakers. Add abundant marine life, including a great opportunity to go eyeball-to-eyeball with dolphins and gray whales, and you have one of the best paddling experiences in the world. Sea Kayak Adventures has been bringing wide-eyed wanderers to Baja since 1993 on its eight-day jaunts in winter. Fly from LA to Loreto and head to Magdalena Bay on the Pacific coast to spot pods of whales and their newly born calves. Then it's back to Loreto for five glorious days of paddling (no experience is necessary) and camping in Mexico's new national park, Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto. After spotting countless dolphins, sea lions, fin and blue whales, and those blue-footed boobies, you'll understand why UNESCO made Baja's Sea of Cortez islands a World Heritage Site. The $1,390 price includes three nights in a hotel in Loreto, all meals, camping, equipment, instruction, and guides.'s Baja Travel Guide

Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at

Published: 29 Jun 2009 | Last Updated: 18 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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