Best time to go on a wildlife vacation to Mexico

The best time of year to visit Mexico depends on what wildlife you want to see and where you want to go.
If you’ve set your sights on whale watching, book a tour to the cetacean-saturated waters surrounding Baja California. The best time to go is between January and March, when grey whales arrive to give birth, blue whales breach and humpbacks can be heard singing their whale song. Whale sharks can also be seen here, but if the Caribbean waters of Cancun are calling, the best time to go is from June to September, when daytime temperatures of 30°C make swimming with the sharks even more inviting. To witness the monarch butterfly migrations, you’ll need to book a tour between January and March, when they arrive in their millions in central Mexico.

Baja California Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
13
23
7
FEB
13
24
5
MAR
13
26
5
APR
16
28
13
MAY
18
29
91
JUN
20
33
223
JUL
23
35
114
AUG
24
33
177
SEP
24
33
228
OCT
21
29
88
NOV
19
27
22
DEC
16
24
11

Mexico wildlife vacations advice

Powell Ettinger, from our cruise specialists The Small Cruise Ship Collection, has these tips for wildlife cruises in Mexico:

Greatest hits

“You’ll see grey whales, sea lions, a huge variety of birdlife, humpback whales, dolphins and even blue whales. And with snorkelling at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, there is a whole world of undersea life.”

What to wear

“Pack informal clothing. Dinner is casual, and the days are hot, so shorts and t-shirts for the days (with collar and long sleeves if you’re sensitive to the sun), and light clothing for the evenings. Maybe a light jumper or jacket, just in case.”

Life onboard

“Life onboard is very comfortable. There’s a very large lounge, a dining room with free seating and full service, hot tubs on top deck, massage therapy, plenty of space on the sun deck, an open bridge policy, kayak and zodiac dock for easy embarkation at the rear of the vessel, and a crew who look after you incredibly well. Expect very generous meals – I put on 5kg in a week!”

Our top Mexico wildlife Vacation

Baja & the Sea of Cortes adventure cruises, Mexico

Baja & the Sea of Cortes adventure cruises, Mexico

Small ship cruise to see the whales and wilderness of Baja

From £3384 to £3923 8 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2019: 21 Dec, 28 Dec
2020: 4 Jan, 11 Jan, 18 Jan, 25 Jan, 8 Feb, 15 Feb, 22 Feb, 29 Feb, 7 Mar, 14 Mar, 21 Mar
Travel Team
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Tips from our travelers

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travelers are often...other travelers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do – and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful Mexico wildlife vacation tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your vacation – and the space inside your suitcase.
Be prepared for hiking on uninhabited islands, snorkelling and kayaking.
– Les Owen
"Try limiting luggage and take an assortment of clothes for hot, cold and wet weather." – Margaret Spector

"[The most memorable part was] spending time with the grey whales in San Ignacia – staying in eco-lodges by the edge of the water with lovely group meals and days spent watching and luckily, being able to touch the nose of a grey whale calf when 'he' and his mother came to see us in our boat! Be prepared for some long journeys on rough roads and tracks, Baja looks deceptively small!" – Fiona Buck
Written by Bryony Cottam
Photo credits: [Page banner: ryan harvey] [Whale shark: Gary Rinaldi] [Grey whale: Michael R Perry] [Snorkelling: Tony Hisgett]
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