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5 Ways To See Whales In Los Cabos Without Taking A Tour 

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Whale watching is one of the most popular activities among tourists in Los Cabos during the winter months.   

The season starts in December and lasts through about mid-April, and there are many tours available that will take you to see these gentle giants of the sea.   

Tour prices typically range from around $60 to as much as $130, but there are five ways to see whales in Los Cabos without taking a tour.   

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Restaurants With Amazing Views 

There are many waterfront restaurants in Los Cabos with amazing views of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.   

Some of these establishments are in ideal locations to spot different types of whales that migrate to Los Cabos during the winter months, and since you have to eat, why not make it someplace where you can spot them?   

A few of the well-known whale-spotting restaurants are La Frida Restaurant, Sunset Monalisa, El Farallon, and The Rooftop at The Cape. 

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Hotel Balconies With Perfect Vantage Points 

If you’re staying in a beachfront hotel in Los Cabos, which there’s a good chance you are, your balcony may offer the perfect vantage point for whale watching too.   

Being able to sit back and relax while waiting to spot one of these amazing creatures allows you to really enjoy the experience.   

Some of the hotels that make for perfect whale-watching spots, if you have a balcony room, are Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, and Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All-Inclusive Golf & Spa.   

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Beaches Known For Spotting Whales 

There is no shortage of beaches in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, and what better place to spot whales than from the shores of an amazing Los Cabos beach?   

There’s a chance you can see whales from almost any beach because they’re known for nesting closer to shore.   

But Santa Maria Beach and Chileno Beach, located along the Tourist Corridor, are both known for whale sightings. 

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Beachfront Pools With Waterfront Views 

There might not be anything better than sitting at a beautiful beachfront pool with a margarita in hand…  

Except sitting at a beautiful beachfront pool with a margarita in hand and watching whales pass by.   

Fortunately, visitors to Los Cabos are in luck because numerous luxury all-inclusives with beautiful beachfront pools line the coast. 

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Hiking Trails With Views Of The Sea 

Los Cabos may be located in a desert landscape but that doesn’t mean it’s all flat land.   

In fact, there are some fantastic hiking trails with views of the sea from far above.   

Trails range from low to moderate difficulty so you’ll want to pick the right tour for you, and if you do you won’t be disappointed with the views.   

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Why Los Cabos Is The Perfect Place For Whale Watching 

The reason Los Cabos is popular for whale watching is because it is an important destination for whales migrating from Alaska.   

Before winter arrives the whales seek out warmer waters, for giving birth and mating.   

The year-round warm waters in the destination make it the perfect place for these migrating whales.   

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What Types Of Whales You’re Likely To See 

While all different kinds of whales can be found in Los Cabos, there are two specifically that migrate from Alaska.   

These are the gray whales and the humpback whales.   

The humpback whales are the ones you are most likely to spot, but when whale watching in Los Cabos, either on a tour or on your own, you never know what you’ll see.

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