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8 Bright Ideas for Your Next Spring Adventure

AFAR Logo By Kelly Bastone of AFAR | Slide 1 of 8: La Paz, MexicoThe seas surrounding Espíritu Santo are teeming with life: More than 890 fish species and representatives of some 40 percent of all marine mammal species flourish in these tropical waters off the Baja Peninsula. To swim and snorkel among the underwater inhabitants of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, join Baja Adventure Co. on a 30-minute boat ride from La Paz. Year-round, snorkelers can explore kaleidoscopic coral reefs and stretch out on talcum-soft white sand beaches. But spring is the best time to swim with sea lion pups: Newborns suckle their mothers on shore, while inquisitive yearlings prefer to frolic with the islands’ strange mask-and-fin wearing visitors. In March and April, you may even spot 50-foot-long gray whales—some swimming alongside their calves (mating and birthing occurs from January through early April). —$120/adult

Snorkel with sea lions in Mexico

La Paz, Mexico
The seas surrounding Espíritu Santo are teeming with life: More than 890 fish species and representatives of some 40 percent of all marine mammal species flourish in these tropical waters off the Baja Peninsula. To swim and snorkel among the underwater inhabitants of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, join Baja Adventure Co. on a 30-minute boat ride from La Paz. Year-round, snorkelers can explore kaleidoscopic coral reefs and stretch out on talcum-soft white sand beaches. But spring is the best time to swim with sea lion pups: Newborns suckle their mothers on shore, while inquisitive yearlings prefer to frolic with the islands’ strange mask-and-fin wearing visitors. In March and April, you may even spot 50-foot-long gray whales—some swimming alongside their calves (mating and birthing occurs from January through early April). —$120/adult

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