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The warm waters of the Sea of Cortez attract not just tourists to the sunny coast of Mexico in the winter. Humpback whales and gray whales also migrate south to Cabo San Lucas during the winter to escape the cold. During whale watching season in Cabo San Lucas, you can spot these majestic giants peeping out of the water with newborn calves from your resort balcony or on whale watching tours in Cabo San Lucas. Witnessing the whales isn’t just a unique vacation activity. Seeing the whales in Cabo is also a reminder of how awe-inspiring nature is and of the importance of keeping the oceans clean.

During the warm summers, whales congregate in the arctic waters by Alaska and Canada to feed on krill and small fish. This time is important for building up blubber which they will feed off of during whale watching season in Cabo San Lucas when their focus is on mating and breeding. Once the arctic waters become too icy in the winter, the whales travel up to 7,000 kilometers to the warm waters of Mexico, taking up to 40 days to migrate. Their migration route down to Mexico stays close to the shore, making tracking their movement relatively easy. In Cabo, they too find romance and create family memories, as they mate and give birth in the tropical waters. If you go whale watching in Cabo San Lucas, you can see males competing for the attention of a female or young calves splashing alongside their graceful mothers.


The best time to whale watch in Cabo San Lucas begins in mid-December as the weather is finally cooler than in the hot summer months but still warm enough for whales. The whales will stay in Mexican waters for several months between mating and birthing, giving tourists plenty of time to see whales in Cabo. Whale watching season in Cabo San Lucas lasts until March or early April. Depending on temperatures, the new moms and calves will begin their migration up north for feeding in spring. If you’re traveling during spring break, you’ll have missed the best time to whale watch in Cabo San Lucas, but you may still spot one or two whales in Cabo who are enjoying an extra day or two in paradise.

While whale watching in Cabo San Lucas can be done from the shores, being out on the water and getting an up close view of these majestic giants is a completely different experience that will leave you in awe of nature. There are many whale watching tours in Cabo San Lucas, and some come with a guarantee that you will see a whale, meaning that they will offer you complimentary tours until one is spotted. Some of the best whale watching tours in Cabo San Lucas are with Whale Watch Cabo, Cabo Adventures, and Cabo San Lucas Tours. On these tours, you’ll also learn more about whales, their environment, and marine conservation, without which, whale watching in Cabo San Lucas wouldn’t be possible.


As the best time to whale watch in Cabo San Lucas is here, turn your eyes to the sparkling sea for a chance to spot these mighty creatures splashing off the coast. For a better chance of spotting them and to learn more about marine wildlife, book a whale watching tour that will make your Cabo vacation even more magical.

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