As our boat pulled into Los Islotes, a rocky landmass in the turquoise waters of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, I gazed out at the area’s newest residents and couldn’t contain my enthusiasm. “Babies, they’re all babies!” I squealed as 20 or 30 sea lion pups barked in unison. These small islands near La Paz are home to a permanent colony of about 600 sea lions. With my wet suit and snorkel on, I jumped into the water and swam among the playful puppies.
Most visitors to Baja California Sur, the southern part of the Baja Peninsula, head straight to Cabo San Lucas, the region’s hub of visitor activity. But to enrich your trip, consider any one of these adventures within a day’s drive from Cabo.