Autumn signals the start of the annual migration south of the California gray whales from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja California for the winter.
The 12,000-mile roundtrip journey is estimated to be the longest migration of any mammal on earth.
La Paz, at the southern tip of Baja California, offers a variety of trip operators and options for whale-watching tours.
Up to as many as 300 whales can be sighted on any day during the mating and calving season, providing a close-up view of one of the best natural shows on the planet.
La Paz’s annual Grey Whale Festival from Feb. 1 to 15 celebrates the migrations taking place on the water as well as a number of activities on shore.
A listing of operators offering excursions from half-day tours to two-day and longer trips can be found at www.lapaz-tourism.com.