They’re here! Hundreds of whales have migrated more than 6,000 miles from the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean to the warm, calm waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula. Guests and residents at Rancho San Lucas have a front row seat to the greatest live show in Los Cabos. Spouting whales have been spotted cruising the Pacific coastline since early December. They are expected to stay through mid-March, at which point they will return to their cold-water feeding grounds. Right now, Cabo’s waters are brimming with these magnificent cetaceans–Baja California Sur boasts the largest humpback whale population in the Pacific Ocean. Their cavorting antics, including slapping their tails and fins on the surface of the water, are an everyday occurrence in the waters directly offshore from the resort community.
Balmy weather, ideal salinity and abundant marine life make the bays and lagoons around Los Cabos the ideal place for whales to birth and rear their young. Of the eight species that venture to Los Cabos, the most popular are the humpback whales, which routinely thrust themselves out of the water in fantastic leaps. Humpback whales weigh in at about 40 tons, have an average life span of over 50 years, and measure up to 45 feet from the tip of the snout to the flukes of the tail.
Their six-month sojourn, the equivalent of driving roundtrip from New York to Los Angeles, is the longest journey undertaken by any land or aquatic animal. Rancho San Lucas residents and resort guests can view these majestic creatures from their room balconies or from lookouts throughout the resort property.
By this time next year, golfers playing Rancho San Lucas Golf Club, the epic Greg Norman-designed course currently taking shape on a prime parcel of sand dunes and desert foothills, will be able to spot breaching whales from the layout’s elevated tees and greens.
Whale-watching excursions departing from Cabo San Lucas marina, located 15 minutes from Rancho San Lucas, are a good way to observe these awe-inspiring mammals up close. In Cabo’s tranquil waters, the females give birth and nurse their young calves, teaching them to swim and preparing them for the long journey north in the spring. The experience of witnessing these sea giants at play as they spout, splash and breach the surface is unforgettable.