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November 17, 2020

#Mexico #Baja #WhaleShark Charters

The whale sharks are here in great abundance, and the feeding zone was finally opened after weeks of no communication. The government agencies involved with managing the whale shark area were six weeks late in opening! They blamed delays on their Mexico City offices being closed for Covid-19 lockdown. So, although Baja Sur, which has very low Covid-19 complications, was up and operating, the whale shark zone went through a frustrating period of confusion. As of this writing, most whale shark providers are still closed. We were fully engaged the first day the zone was re-opened on the 14th of November.
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Swimming with Sea Lions
During the period of confusion about the whale sharks we provided both a search for whale sharks out side the feeding zone, and a visit to the friendly sea lion at San Rafaelito, along with a host of other extras. The sea lion video above was taken just two weeks ago.

Baja Charters and Island Cat Services, have successfully operated the premier whale shark encounter for eight years with a 100% track record for locating whale sharks, providing the port was open and government regulations did not prevent access to the whale shark feeding zone. This is our ninth Whale Shark season. Once approved into the whale shark feeding zone, it takes fifteen minutes to an hour to find these wonderful creatures. But, find them, we do!

What’s Included:
We provide a large and spacious Sailing Catamaran with one or more licensed and certified, snorkel boats, helmsperson, and guide, in order to get you up close and personal to the whale sharks. We provide ground transportation, wet suits, and all the snorkel gear needed along with a choice of full-face or standard snorkel masks, vests, towels, private bathrooms, private fresh-water showers, even reef-friendly sunscreen. We typically have a chef on board to prepare meals. We provide a host of drinks, snacks, an open bar, and a marine biologist as your snorkel leader and hostess. There are excellent lay-out areas on board, and we generally set sails on the return trip. We are NOT a cattle-car-style tour operator. NO ONE DOES IT LIKE WE DO.

Whale Shark Guarantee
If we are unable to locate a whale shark, we will take you out again for FREE.

Covid-19 Compliance
The Mexican state of Baja Sur, has the fewest infections of the 32 Mexican states and especially as compared to much of the world, the U.S., and the rest of Mexico. Baja Charters complies with all the sanitary and security standards and regulations to operate in safety. Currently we are restricted by regulation to 50% capacity. We strictly follow the cleaning protocol of the State Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks, and the CDC guidelines to keep guests and crew safe. CAPTAINS restaurant and bar, and each of our yachts and tour boats, along with snorkel gear, and other user equipment, is cleaned and sanitized using recommended products by the Ministry of Health. The same as required for hospital disinfection against COVID-19 and other viruses. The health of our crew members is constantly monitored. As time goes by, circumstances change. By the time you read this info, hopefully Covid19 will be totally under control. 

Season & Regulation
The Whale Shark season runs from October 2020 through April 2021. Semarnat, the environmental agency of Mexico, and CONANP, the National Park Service, restrict the number of swimmers in the water with a single whale shark to five, plus guide. The whale shark feeding zone became an underwater national park in 2019, requiring access bracelets.

Winds and waves in the Cabo area are NOT an indication of winds and waves in La Paz. The sea around the whale shark feeding zone, is usually swimmable. We are careful to examine forecasts daily, but wave heights and wind forecasts are often wrong. We have to reschedule the Whale Shark encounter on average, twice a month for weather issues. We provide wetsuits and shorties in adult sizes for both women and men. We also have some children’s sizes. On board, we have private hot water showers and fresh clean towels.

Refund Policy
If maintenance issues, or anything within the normal control of Baja Charters, prevents you from enjoying your booked cruise date, we will provide you with an alternative date that works within your travel plans, or refund your money completely.

Baja Charters is not responsible for the Port Captain closing the Port, government edict, or in the case of whale shark excursions, changes in bureaucratic regulations without adequate notice. However, in these situations, we provide you with an alternative date that works within your travel plans, or issue you an assignable, three-year cash certificate that may be used the same as cash for any future activities aboard Baja Cat, Grey Light, or Pacifica. If you voluntarily cancel your prepaid trip more than ninety days in advance of departure, we will refund your money in full. If you voluntarily cancel your trip within ninety days of your departure date, we will provide you with a prepaid certificate good for three years. #JessKalinowsky will give you full information on cancellation insurance.  We strongly urge you to protect your travel investment dollars on any and all travel arrangements. 

Private Charters
Discover a quiet peaceful cove on a stand-up paddle board, move amongst mangroves in a kayak, scuba the most remarkable reef imaginable, head out on our tender to see all kinds of sea life and visit a remarkable island bird sanctuary. Your hostess is a marine biologist. Your chef provides great food, all kinds of beverages, AND an open bar. There are wonderful areas to lay-out, relax, read a book, and enjoy a drink, surrounded by stunning views.

There are hundreds of beaches and bays scattered amongst the myriad islands of the Gulf of California, (the Sea of Cortez). Snorkel or scuba the incredible Cabo Pulmo Reef. This is the Number One restored reef in the Western Hemisphere! Visit the outer bay and seven beaches of the fabulous Balandra. Anchor at Ensenada Grande on Holy Spirit Island (Isla Espiritu Santo). Drop anchor at the incredible Isla San Francisquito, a truly remarkable place alive with sea life. These are the finest beaches in Mexico. Quiet and secluded, they are breathtakingly beautiful.

Fish for your dinner of tuna, dorado, yellowtail, bass, grouper, and wahoo. Your chef will prepare ceviche and fish anyway you like. If you are not a fish-eater, we have steak, and chicken, and a host of marvelous vegetable and fruit dishes, along with baked goods. We are also vegan and gluten-free experienced.

Cruise and explore the incredible inside Sea of Cortez. We have the perfect yacht and crew for you. Spend nights at anchor in deserted coves under star-studded skies. Shine lights in the water to bring up the swirling schools of Mobula rays. They are not dangerous; you can literally swim amongst them. Stroll a deserted white sand beach. Swim with a friendly sea lion colony, chase tropical fish around corals and enjoy the peace and beauty of it all.

A nautical tourism company with offices at the marina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and a wide variety of yachts for charter from both La Paz, and the greater Cabo surround. Located at the extreme end of the Baja Peninsula, operates its own boats, and acts as the marketing and sales agent for yachts, sports fishers, and dive boats, owned by responsible, licensed, and insured, third-parties.

Baja Charters has larger luxury yachts, and mid-sized motor and sailing yachts, along with sports fishing vessels of varying size and costs. We also have dive boats for scuba with licensed and insured dive instructors. Dive equipment is included. All of our boats come with competent, well-trained crew. Nautical activities are focused on cruising, sailing, and exploring the beaches, bays and coves, of the Sea of Cortez. We host snorkeling, sailing, diving, fishing, eco-tourism, and associated activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking. The latter, only from yachts that have these resources onboard.
Typically, mid-sized and larger yachts come as an all-inclusive package, with meals, open bar, snorkel equipment, fishing gear (if a sports fisher), towels, private bathrooms, etc. Smaller fishing platforms charge per person for the added costs of fishing licenses, bait, food, drinks, etc.

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November 4, 2020

Mexico City Distrito Federal

Filed under: Mexico,Mexico City — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 7:12 pm

High-altitude and high-energy, Mexico City has long been known for its cultural attractions, numerous museums (more than 100 in the city alone!) and thriving art scene. Its reputation as a family-friendly destination however, is more recent, thanks to expanded offerings aimed at introducing younger jet-setters to the country’s capital. And today, Mexico is one of the few countries that are actually admitting Americans who are starting to come back into traveling again.

The city is sprawling but surprisingly accessible thanks to two international airports, one of the largest subway systems in the world, and multiple bus lines. And if car seats are a concern, Über is just a Wi-Fi connection away. The neighborhoods most popular with traveling families — including #Roma, #Condesa and #Polanco — are #walkable, and bike/scooter shares are also widely available.

#English is spoken widely in Mexico City, especially at restaurants, hotels and attractions, etc. that cater to tourists. Still, it’s a great idea for you and your kids to learn some common Spanish words and phrases before you go. Here’s your first lesson: ¡Vámonos!

Where to stay

The colorful courtyard and stairs at The Red Tree House in Mexico City.Red Tree House Mexico City. Ideally located on a quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of the city, The Red Tree House offers gourmet breakfasts daily (plus happy hour for moms nightly) and all the love you want from the on-site pup, a Labrador named Romeo.

The legendary luxuries win over parents while kids will clamor for the poolside ice-cream cart and bedtime milk and cookies. Pint-size bathrobes and other kid-size toiletries are also on hand.

It may seem silly to book a room at the myriad of  Mexico City deluxe hotels, and not sleep in the beautifully made beds, but kids won’t be able to resist the en-suite #glamping experience. The hotels will swap a rollaway bed with a tent packed with blankets, activities and snacks. The hotels have made a ton of COVID-safe updates and is requiring masks in all indoor public areas. Of course, this can change over time.

Where to play

Step back in time at #Teotihuacan, the enormous #archaeological complex about an hour’s ride outside Mexico City. Climb to the top of the #Pyramid of the #Sun, stroll the #Avenue of the #Dead and learn what happened to the #ancient #civilization from one of many excellent English-speaking guides available. We will pre arrange all sightseeing so you are not disappointed that it may be sold out.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in the city’s largest green space, #Bosque de #Chapultepec. Spread across 1,700 acres is a #zoo, #botanical #gardens, #lakes, #fountains, #historic #monuments, multiple #museums, plus food and drink vendors.

Market Tour with #CasaJacaranda.

Kids as young as seven can start to master authentic Mexican dishes at Casa Jacaranda, which boasts cooking classes that start at the local market and end at the lunch table. It has newly reopened for private, in-person experiences, so participants will get lots of individualized attention. Plus, they email you recipes at the end — so you can show off your newfound culinary skills back home.

Cruise along the canals of #Xochimilco, the “Venice of Mexico” in brightly colored flat-bottomed boats as vendors sail by offering food, flowers and other souvenirs. Stops generally include a wildlife preserve, floating gardens and the creepy-AF La Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls). The waterways can get crowded on the weekends when locals are off work, though, so consider going on a weekday.

Where to Learn
If suggestions to spend a day at a museum are met with a less than enthusiastic response, start at MUCHO Museo de Chocolate. This small but oh-so-sweet spot is dedicated to the history and modern-day use of chocolate and cacao in Mexico culture and food.

The courtyard at the Museo del Arte Popular.

The Museo de Arte Popular is anything but a stuffy and boring museum stereotype. Focused on Mexican folk art, it hosts an annual piñata competition and regularly holds art workshops for kids. Even on a day without a special event, the bright colors and fascinating stories will captivate.

No exhibit is off-limits to curious hands and minds at the Papalote Museo del Niño. It recently underwent a multi-year renovation and now boasts one of the largest IMAX screens in the country. While technically a children’s museum, it’s designed for big kids too; Thursday nights are adults-only. The Papalote has reopened with increased cleaning protocols, promising families “un espacio limpio y seguro” — a safe and clean space in which to play and learn.

#Museo #Nacional de #Antropología is the biggest and arguably the best museum in the city. Exploring all the exhibits would take days so if time is limited, pick a couple exhibits to really delve into; the most popular focus on Maya culture and the former Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.

An exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Antropología.

Where to Eat

#Churros and hot chocolate on offer at #Churreria El Moro.

Start the day off right with a quick breakfast or brunch at Ojo de Agua. Freshly squeezed local fruit juices, vegetarian options and lightened-up version of classic Mexican dishes fill the menu. Portions are generous so consider sharing if your little ones are light eaters.

Tacos are having more than a moment in the U.S. but they’ve long been a reliable staple in Mexico. El Califa is one of the big-name purveyors in town and for good reason: the menu is plentiful, plates come quickly and everything can be customized thanks to a variety of tableside salsas.

Please all palates and even the pickiest of eaters at hip Mercado Roma. The gourmet food hall has dozens of stalls offering everything from local specialties to international dishes to American comfort food (including, of course, good old pizza).

The line can get long outside Churreria El Moro but don’t be dissuaded; it moves quickly. Churros are made fresh, dusted with plain or cinnamon sugar and served alongside hot chocolate.

Mexico City, Mexico’s largest city and the most populous metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere, is also known as Distrito Federal, or the federal district. It is the country’s economic and cultural hub, as well as home to the offices of the federal government.

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Mexico is more than just beautiful beach resorts!


October 20, 2020

#México Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

Filed under: Caribbean Sea,Honeymoon Mexico Resort,Mexico,Quintana Roo,Riviera Maya — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 10:45 pm

#PlayaDelCarmen, #QuintanaRoo, #México

Stretched along the translucent #Caribbean #Sea on the coast of #Quintana #Roo rests the multicultural and #cosmopolitan #Riviera #Maya. An easy choice for a top-three luxury resort in the region, is one of the only three hotels inside the exclusive – meaning village over the water in Maya – community. Imagine a cluster of airy, freestanding villas, decorated with handcrafted #Mayan furnishings and outfitted with private pools that curve around individual gardens.. An extraordinary blend of #Mexican culture and #Asian hospitality, this luxury seaside jungle resort is a breathtaking sanctuary for the senses and the perfect getaway for nature lovers seeking seclusion.

Why You’ll Love It Here…

The Sleep: Each of the 123 elegantly-designed private and tranquil villas features extraordinary fusion design of Asian inspiration and Mayan-inspired accents. Enjoy an #exceptional level of #luxury that includes private heated pools, outdoor bathtubs, massage Veranda with outdoor showers and Jacuzzis, rooftop terraces with breathtaking views of the waterways, the mangrove garden and more. You will never want to leave.

The Taste: Food lovers will be obsessed with the many dining options the hotel offers. From Asian, Thai and Italian to Mexican, Spanish and fusion, it is difficult to just choose one. The most interesting of them all is HAAB, a deep-in-the-jungle mystical experience channeling ancient Mayan flavors and techniques. Other than that, you can choose to have a private dining at your own villa or embarking on a romantic boat trip along the water canals with #Ixchel and #Sunset #Cruise. The tasty dishes at Cello are Mediterranean influenced, while Saffron offers a true culinary journey of the flavors of modern Thai cuisine. Foodie Delight!

The Pamper Spa is an intimate retreat combining Thai and Balinese wellness traditions, but what really sets this Spa apart is its world-class hydrothermal section called The Rainforest. The ten-step treatment involves going through various sensory chambers like a cascading Rain Walk, an aroma steam room, an ice fountain, hamam and a restorative vitality pool.

The WOW: Although each villa has its own private pool, guests can enjoy access to a couple more pools on property. The first one is located at the Sands Beach Club featuring a stunning beachside infinity pool with stunning views and a snack bar. Located just off the main lobby is the Reflections Pool surrounded by manicured gardens, with light snacks and cocktails offered throughout the day.

Our favorite room: Corner king, ocean view,  with private pool 24|7|365
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October 18, 2020

#IslaMujeres #Mexico •

Filed under: Cancun,Honeymoon Resorts,Isla Mujeres,Luxury Resorts,Mexico — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 5:41 pm

#IslaMujeres, #Mexico •
Mexico Island #Luxury with Half-Day #Snorkeling Tour

Indulge in the ultimate island escape to Mexico’s #exclusive #Casa, a secluded #sanctuary on the postcard-perfect #Caribbean Sea. This stunning boutique property is located on Isla Mujeres, a 20-minute ferry from #Cancún, and has featured in Condé Nast Traveler and Honeymoon Hotels Collection.

Experience the pure relaxation of a fuss-free escape with daily breakfast, a local speciality welcome gift on arrival and roundtrip airport transfers (taxi and ferry) from Cancún International Airport. Your stay also includes a complimentary half-day snorkeling tour of Isla Mujeres’ striking underwater world — #crystal-clear waters and #dazzling sands, home to #mesmerizing marine life and filled with #undersea #marvels. 24|7|365

October 9, 2020

Riviera Nayarit has some of the most beautiful sunsets in Mexico

Filed under: Honeymoon Resorts,Luxury Resorts,Mexico,Riviera Nayarit — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 8:39 pm

The Riviera Nayarit has some of the most beautiful sunsets in Mexico
Today we want to share something that our travelers are constantly talking about: the Rivera Nayarit’s gorgeous sunsets, the time of day in our paradise that’s a big hit with locals and tourists. No matter where you are when the sun goes down, the view is simply breathtaking.

Here’s a list of some of the most beautiful sunsets as seen from the beaches in the Riviera Nayarit’s micro-destinations.

This must be the destination with the most Riviera Nayarit sunset photos. Plus, you’ll always catch someone waiting for it as they bob along on their surfboard.

This micro-destination is steeped in history, has inspired songs, and boasts endless beaches just for you: sunset here is a must as an after-dinner treat at one of the restaurants at Playa Las Islitas.

After a fun day at the pool, our visitors always take the time to watch the impressive color show put on by the sun and record it for posterity, whether they’re on the sand, their balcony, or enjoying a romantic dinner.

Some go by themselves, others with family, friends, or their dog. Watching the night steal across the sky is a moment to savor no matter who you’re with. Also: San Pancho is a great place to make friends on the beach.

Yoga and nature are the shining stars in this beautiful micro-destination, but the sunsets are no slouches. Just imagine bidding adieu to the sun from a hidden paradise in the middle of the jungle…

#LaCruz de #Huanacaxtle
Whether you’re on the beach or on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean, words cannot explain how incredible it is to watch the sunset from this village. By the way, this is highly recommended if you’re here with your sweetheart (wink).

The Riviera Nayarit may have the most beautiful sunsets in Mexico. Reservations:

July 2, 2020

#AquariumOfThe World #SeaOfCortez #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky

Filed under: Baja,Mexico — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 4:20 am

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The Sea of Cortez: The Aquarium of the World. The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, has warm crystal clear waters on its southern end, where the coastline is filled with jungles, river mouths, estuaries and mangrove that house thousands of local and migratory bird species.

The Gulf of California is a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. It is bordered by the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, and Sinaloa with a coastline of approximately 4,000 km. Rivers which flow into the Gulf of California include the Colorado, Fuerte, Mayo, Sinaloa, Sonora, and the Yaqui. The surface of the Gulf is about 160,000 km². Depths range from near-zero at its fording at the estuary near Yuma, Arizona, to in excess of 3,000 meters due to the complex geology, linked to Plate Tectonics.

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June 29, 2020

#PuertoVallarta #Yoga #Wellness #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky

Filed under: Uncategorized — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 2:06 am

Mexico’s Top Wellness Resort & Yoga Retreat

Xinalani is one of the foremost world-class yoga retreat centers in Mexico. Find an inspiring hideaway with beautiful rooms, healthy Mexican food and eco-friendly activities. As a wellness resort we provide an extraordinary setting to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation and personal growth.

That is why we feature 6 amazing yoga studios immersed in nature. Join us in paradise and nurture your wellbeing.


June 11, 2020

#LosCabosWeddings #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky

Filed under: Destination Wedding Planners since 1985,Los Cabos,Los Cabos Resort,Mexico — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 11:29 pm

Los Cabos Weddings and Honeymoons!

From a beautiful oceanfront ceremony overlooking El Arco to a sophisticated soiree on the terrace of a luxury resort, #Los Cabos offers a plethora of stunning locations to exchange vows. As one of the most popular locations for #destination weddings in Mexico, Los Cabos can cater to any couple’s unique tastes and personalities. With a long list of award-winning hotels, no shortage of professional services or wedding planners ready to accommodate any budget or group size and a dramatic backdrop, brides and grooms can rest assured that no detail will be overlooked at Land’s End.

Apart from luxurious resort offerings, couples are urged to experience some of the natural wonders of Los Cabos. Lover’s Beach, named after the point where two seas unite, is renowned for its notably calm waters when compared to other surrounding beaches. Lover’s Beach is also home to internationally acclaimed landmark, Al Arco, a structure completely unique to Los Cabos. Water transportation is necessary to visit the picturesque beach, which creates a remote and exclusive escape for couples to enjoy.

The required paperwork for a marriage Los Cabos is similar to that required in the U.S., with the difference being that the nearest Mexican consulate must validate all documents (your hotel or wedding coordinator can assist with this process).

There are two forms of weddings performed in Mexico. One is the Civil Wedding which changes your marital status from single to married and is recognized as legal throughout the world; and the other ceremony is the religious, this kind ceremony does not change your marital status in Mexico or anywhere in the world. It is possible to have both the civil and non-denominational ceremony completing the legalities in the Judge’s chambers and having the minister for your sunset wedding at a location of your choice.

In Mexico, anyone can marry anyone! “Civil Wedding which changes your marital status from single to married and is recognized as legal throughout the world.” So whomever you want to say “I do” with, we can handle for you! All transportation, accommodations, ‘the wedding’ and everything from A to Z!  We have been doing so since 1985!

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June 2, 2020

#SeaOfCortez #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky

Filed under: Mexico,Sea of Cortez Cruises,Sea of Cortez Expeditions — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 3:51 am
Long before the term social distancing entered the lexicon, our savvy travelers were exploring the Sea of Cortez for exhilarating experiences amid idyllic desert isles and exuberant marine wildlife. Surprisingly close in travel terms, it offers the pure, unpeopled bliss of far remoter locations. Lots to discover! Astonishing variety: pygmy sperm and false killer whales; the largest and second largest of the whales—blue whales and fin whales; Bryde’s and sperm whales, plus super-pods of common, bottlenose, and spinner dolphins. With birds in the air, giant cardon cacti waving us ashore to hike uninhabited isles, and a light our team calls ‘photographers’ delight,’ it’s heart-gladdening here.
An average day in the Sea of Cortez! Getting to observe airborne and feeding manta rays thanks to our undersea specialist’s dive and video capture. Amazing!
A Variety of Wildlife in Astonishing Numbers
In many parts of the world our ships can attract a dolphin escort, but the super-pods we encounter in Baja are next-level incredible!

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May 29, 2020

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The Garza Blanca preserve has attracted the Hollywood jet set since Liz Taylor and Richard Burton filmed

The Night of the Iguana on these beautiful beaches in 1964. Today, the area’s namesake hotel still draws a glamorous crowd, thanks to the property’s infinity pool, private white-sand beach, and some of the largest hotel suites in Puerto Vallarta.

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