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Baja Small Ship Cruises
with AdventureSmith

From the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean coastline, a Baja cruise with AdventureSmith Explorations will venture off the beaten track, away from crowded resorts, to focus on the incredible diversity of the region. Now more than ever book with the confidence that comes from decades of experience. Here’s more reasons to book your Baja California cruise with us.

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Work with your very own Baja cruise specialist every step of the way to research, purchase & prepare for your cruise.

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Find the largest selection of Baja small ship cruises aboard owner-operated yachts, ranging in size from 8 to 100 guests.

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Our longstanding relationships with reputable Baja cruise operators translate into seamless sailings.

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Attain this affordable paradise with exclusive Baja cruise perks from a licensed & insured US-based company.

A small Baja cruise ship sails in the Sea of Cortez with a large green cactus in the foreground

Which Baja Cruise To Choose?

After extensive trials, hands-down our favorite way to explore Baja is by water. It is the quickest, easiest, and most comfortable way to island hop through Baja’s famed body of water. But there are more Baja cruises than ever before, so understanding the differences between your options is important. Some Baja cruises focus on education, while others have a more active, intimate or luxury approach. Start with our primer how to choose your Baja cruise for tips on finding the right Baja cruise itinerary and ship. Review our full selection of Baja small ship cruises then contact our experts for a personalized recommendation.

Thrilling Wildlife on Baja Cruises

Known as the Galapagos of the North, Baja California is paradise for marine mammals—and a must-visit for incredible wildlife encounters. Find 9 different whale species and more than 900 fish species, plus other marine life, including rays, dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and whale sharks. Safe to say that all you have to do is join a Baja California cruise, then the wildlife will come to you.

But perhaps you want to target the height of calving season when gray whale encounters are at their peak, or specifically want to swim with whale sharks. Our month by month guide best time to visit Baja, can help define your initial goals and Baja cruise time-frame. Then for the ultimate planning advice, look to our Baja California cruise specialists who will ultimately match you with the best Baja cruise available based on your interests and wildlife you wish to see.

Planning Baja Mexico Cruises

There’s still time to book Baja cruises 2023. Compared to other exotic destinations where booking up to a year and a half before is a must, Baja cruises can be booked closer to departure. Demand for Sea of Cortez cruises 2023 saw small ship operators respond by extending their 2023 and 2024 Baja cruise seasons through April.

Allow our team to be your efficient and trusted resource throughout the selection, booking and trip preparation process. We are award-winning U.S.-based experts founded by a former Baja naturalist guide with the experience you need to navigate changing and challenging travel logistics.

“Small ship cruising is the best way to explore the remote, primarily road-less Baja California.”

The Best Time to Visit

Baja California Sur

Temperature & Rainfall Averages

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 80 85 85 90 95 100 100 100 100 95 85 80
Avg. Low (F) 60 65 70 75 80 85 85 85 85 80 70 60
Avg. Water Temp (F) 60 60 65 68 70 73 75 80 80 78 73 65
Avg. Rainfall (Inches) 0.8 0.3 0.2 0.1 0 0.1 1.6 3.1 3.7 1.3 0.4 1.0

Timing A Baja Cruise for Weather & Wildlife

The typical season for Baja small ship cruises begins in December and continues through May. Within this time frame are sub-seasons: December through mid-January is the early season when weather is coolest making hiking pleasant. In April, temperatures grow increasingly warmer with excellent opportunities for snorkeling. If gray whale watching is your goal, consider traveling during the height of their calving season, which begins in mid-January and runs through mid-March. To pin down your perfect Baja cruise departure date, read our month by month guide, the best time to visit Baja.

Want to Learn More About Baja’s Climate?

Find Baja climate tables and information about the peninsula’s different regions to help plan your cruise to Baja Mexico at the perfect time.