Baja California Family Adventure

Trip Length 7 Days
Group Size 4?16
Difficulty
Starting from
$3,299 for REI Members
$3,599 for non-members
Departures Dec 2019-Dec 2020

Baja California Sur is a beautiful destination to share the love of the outdoors with family. Soaring peaks, vast stretches of desert and sandy beaches provide the perfect backdrop and playground for any age group. Our adventure takes us from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Cortez?with plenty of kayaking, swimming, surfing and snorkeling in between. If your family loves water, adventure and relaxation, this is the trip for them.

Our action-packed week begins with a day at the beach and a surfing lesson for all skill levels. Then, gather around the kitchen and learn how to prepare typical Mexican cuisine?savory quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas and much more. Of course, our adventure also includes time at the beach. Camp on Espiritu Santo Island, surrounded by a beautiful and scenic canyon just begging to be explored. We kayak on clear-blue waters in protected bays, swim with inquisitive sea lion pups and play games on the beach. Our Baja family adventure will leave you and your loved ones feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

REI Flash 18 Pack

Kids get an REI day pack?Kids traveling on our Family Adventures will receive an REI day pack for their adventure! Kids up to age 17 will receive the REI Flash 18 Pack (while quantities last, colors may vary). Learn more about REI Family Adventures.

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Trip Highlights

  • Kayak in clear aquamarine waters of the Sea of Cortez
  • Swim with sea lions
  • Cook up some fun making authentic Mexican family meals
  • Learn how to surf in just one session!

Activities

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. It contains a variety of activities including moderate hikes, sea kayaking, snorkeling, surfing and stand up paddle boarding. In general, the hiking is moderate in both length and terrain. We are not moving at a fast pace as our primary objective is to take time to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The kayaking is typically in protected bays but paddling from one bay to the next one can experience windy conditions?and, while you will be outfitted with the appropriate PFD, you should know how to swim and be comfortable in moving water. Participants must be 8 years of age or older.

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding

What's Included

All accommodations; all meals as noted in the daily itinerary; one group airport transfer from/to San Jose del Cabo on days 1 and 7; transportation within Baja; local English-speaking guides; Mexican National Park fees; all kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddle board gear.

Accommodations

Hotel, 4 nights; deluxe beach camping, 2 nights.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Baja California Sur!

Our trip begins today at the airport in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. From here, we transfer to the charming town of Todos Santos, a small but vibrant coastal village. The location of tonight?s lodging affords magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Comfortable and spacious rooms provide the perfect place to relax after traveling. Tonight we will have our group orientation and dinner on our hotel?s rooftop terrace. Dinner tonight is included.

Day 2

Cowabunga, dude! Surfing lessons for all ages and a day at the beach.

The first rule in Baja is you?re never too old to learn how to surf and just south of Todos Santos is Cerritos Beach, an ideal beach for swimming and surfing. With waves breaking in sections, the waves closer to shore at Cerritos Beach are small and perfect for a first time surfer. Today, Mario, our veteran surf instructor, will teach us the basics of surfing. He even guarantees that we will stand up and ride a wave?at least for a moment?before the end of our lesson. Surf enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels can participate. When you tire of catching those "gnarley" waves, Playa Los Cerritos is perfect for shell collecting and other beach activities. Comfortable chairs and umbrellas will be provided for those who simply want to sit back and relax. All meals included.

Surfing: 1-2 hours

Day 3

Take a scenic cliff walk and enjoy a Mexican cooking class.

Today we transfer to a trailhead located at Punta Lobos, where the local fishermen of Todos Santos launch their boats each morning and bring in their daily catch each afternoon. A quick walk up the hill brings us to breathtaking views of a dramatic coastline. From our vantage point, we can see almost 70 miles of beach stretching to the north. We also see dramatic rocky outcroppings and crashing surf down below. From here, we're likely to spot whales during several months of the year. Throughout the walk we will have the stunning combination of desert landscape on one side and ocean views on the other. At the end of our hike, we arrive at the idyllic beach of San Pedro where a picnic lunch will be waiting. San Pedro also features a beautiful marsh filled with bird life worthy of a little exploration.

This afternoon, our resident chef will invite us into his kitchen and show us how to make favorite Mexican food like quesadillas, tacos and enchiladas. Lively music and a festive atmosphere will make our hands-on cooking lesson demonstrate how fun cooking can be. The whole family gets involved. Later, we are rewarded with our hard work when we feast on the freshly made food. All meals included.

Hiking: 3 miles, elevation gain: 700'

Day 4

Kayaking and hiking on Espiritu Santo Island

After an early breakfast, we depart our hotel and travel via La Paz to our beach camp on Espiritu Santo in the Sea of Cortez. Isla Espiritu Santo is a wonder of natural conservation and evolution. It boasts dozens of lovely bays, rich marine life and land-based reptiles, birds and amphibians. Once we reach our camp, our comfortable and spacious walk-in tents await us!

To experience the full measure of Baja?s marine splendor, getting acquainted with sea kayaking is a must. Before we set out on our first paddling adventure our guides will offer us a thorough introduction to the activity. When the conditions are right and we?re comfortable in our boats, we?ll look forward to a full day of adventure. On kayaking days, expect to spend 3?5 hours paddling in total, with time in the boat split up by short hikes, meal breaks and snorkeling opportunities. Please note?expect that on some days, Baja?s "Norte" (North wind) will make paddling conditions unfavorable. Our guides will take weather into account and plan for the best activity suitable if we incur strong winds. All meals included.

Activities may include kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding. Duration: 5?6 hours.

Note: Deluxe camping in safari-style tents includes bed with linens, bedside table and lanterns for nighttime reading.

Day 5

Snorkeling and swimming with sea lions

Snorkeling with the sea lion pups at the permanent sea lion colony of Los Islotes is truly one of life's greatest experiences. After we don our snorkeling gear and enter the water, young and inquisitive sea lions swim out from the rocks to join us. They pirouette below and around us in the water as their curiosity gets the better of them. After a little "play time", we swim through two large rock islets, one of which is a natural arch. Below the water?s surface, we see orange fan and white fire coral swaying in the current and sea horses clinging to ribbons of seaweed. Above water, common brown boobies are perched on the cliffs of the rock islets. All meals included.

Activities may include kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding. Duration: 5?6 hours.

Day 6

Return to the mainland. Explore Balandra Bay before our celebration dinner.

This morning, we depart for the mainland. Upon arrival, we take a short transfer to Balandra Bay where we have the afternoon to hike and explore this beautiful area. Balandra Bay is considered one of the most beautiful bays in Baja and is a postcard-perfect end to our Baja adventure. In the afternoon, we check in to our hotel in La Paz. Tonight, we enjoy our final dinner at a local restaurant famous for its food and ambiance. All meals included.

Hiking: 2 hours.

Day 7

Departure day

After breakfast this morning, we board our transfer for the San Jose del Cabo airport. Expect to arrive before noon. Breakfast included.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary?this will help you and the field staff.

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Travel documents

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  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Passport
  • Travel Documents for Minors

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