Baja Whale Seeker Weekend

For thousands of years the grey whales have migrated to Baja in the winter to bear their young in the warm and placid waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula. The grey whale migration takes them south past the west coast of the United States and the Pacific coast of Baja. Once the whales reach the Mexican coast, they mate, bask in soothing lagoons and give birth, making January through early April the peak time to whale watch.

Let's make our way down the Pacific Ocean coast through long beaches and dramatic sea side cliffs to see one of earth's most amazing creatures: The Illusive Gray Whale.

If you haven't been on a trek on the Gus Bus yet, you are missing out! This will make my fourth adventure with Baja Trek and I've always had an amazing time and come back with great memories and new friends.

Destination: Rosarito & Ensenada, Mexico
Departs: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Returns: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Cost: $160

What's Included

• Transportation from the border and back on the Gus Bus (an eco-friendly bus that has been converted to run on veggie fuel)

• 4-Hour Whale Watching Excursion off the coast of Ensenada

• Overnight stay at Young Dudes Surf Hostel in Alisitos

• Visit to Hussong's Cantina, Paradise Cove, Splash Seaside Restaurant, and Papas & Beer 

• Strolling Ensenada's Boardwalk and fishing area

• Visit to the lobster capital of Baja, Puerto Nuevo

Friday night option:

For those who are interested in staying in San Diego on Friday night, we can stay at Lucky D's Hostel for about $25/ person.  Lucky D's is located in the heart of San Diego's East Village district, just minutes walk from the Gaslamp district where we can enjoy the multitude of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops. They offer a free all you can make waffle breakfast on Saturday morning that we can enjoy before we head to the border for our weekend adventure. The hostel is also right near the Blue Line Trolley, which goes straight to our meetup location at the border (this could save $ on parking).

Day 1

We'll get the weekend started right and meet up at the border on Saturday morning at 9am, where we'll park on the US side and walk across. Parking is extra and costs about $10 per 24 hours at UETA or you can take the Trolley from San Diego for about $3 each way. 

We'll pile onto the Gus Bus for a leisurely drive to Rosarito Beach.  We will park next to the famous beach club, Papas and Beer. We'll hang out in Rosarito Beach till about 2:00 PM so that you can snack, shop, and ride horses on the beach or drink and get crazy at Papas and Beer. There's also a cool new beach bar we can visit called Paradise Cove.

From Rosarito Beach we will make our way to Splash, one of the best restaurants in all of Baja California, with fantastic food at very reasonable prices, live entertainment and a full sports bar. Splash overlooks the ocean with an amazing view for a night of fun and camaraderie. After being stuffed with food at Splash we will head to Alisitos Beach, where we'll be staying overnight at the Young Dudes Surf Hostel, next to the La Fonda Hotel, overlooking the beach at the surf break at K58.  

The hostel is great and includes free wifi, TV, pool table, and foosball. Accommodations will include a lower or upper bunk, or a single bed, in a room that is shared with others. There is a bathroom in the same room or just outside the room. Bedding and towels are provided. I've been here and this place feels more like a house that can accommodate a group of people. It's great!

Saturday night we can party at the La Fonda Hotel, Jose's, or at The Light House Bar, or just hanging out at the hostel.

Day 2

Hold on as we meander to the seaside and follow the windy road as it hugs the coast. Our destination is the sea coast town of Ensenada. Famous for old Cantinas, fish tacos and a hospitable waterfront boardwalk.

After a few tasty tacos and a couple of sight seeing laps, it's time to board our boat and see out the migrating Gray Whale on it's yearly journey to southern Baja California to give birth to it's young.

It's a lazy boat ride into the Todo Santos Bay just off of Ensenada with our eyes peeled and ears strained to witness the unmistakable sight and sounds of whales breathing and breaching. It's 4 hours of whale watching and opportunities abound.

The Gray Whale starts it's yearly pilgrimage in the northern latitudes during October as the arctic ice moves south. After approximately 2-4 months and a swim that can last almost 7,000 miles the Gray Whale can be seen in the warm Lagoons of Baja California and the coastal waters near Ensenada.

Along with other marine life such as sea lions, dolphins, seals and a great diversity of birds you can imagine the experience is breathtaking.

We arrive back to the dock and continue our exploring of Ensenada, with a stop at Hussong's Cantina, the oldest cantina in the California's for a couple of beers or margaritas.

Then it's on to the fishing village of Puerto Nuevo for lobster, seafood or just a relaxing walk around. Often called the Lobster Capital of Baja, Puerto Nuevo has been preparing it's traditional faire since 1954 with the opening of it's first secret recipe restaurant. Since then people from over the world have come to enjoy the magic of Puerto Nuevo.

After a few souvenirs its back up the coast to the spectacular rays of the setting sun over the tranquil pacific. Relaxed, we'll swap stories, emails and long for the next great Baja Trek adventure. Good bye our new friends, the Gray Whales.

What to Bring

- A Backpack or duffel bag with such travel basics as shorts, pants, long and short sleeved shirts, hoodie/ jacket, swimsuit, personal toiletries, hiking shoes, flip flops, sunscreen, head lamp or flashlight.

- Your driver's license and a passport or a passport card. 

The passport or passport card takes 4-6 weeks, so if you don't have one, you should probably hurry up and get one. Here are the links:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

https://uspassportonline.com/?gclid=CIuji8Xk2KcCFQ10gwodsQcW_Q

Safety

Baja Trek prides themselves on offering a safe, comfortable journey for their trekkers. Though Mexico City and many mainland border towns have a bad rap in  terms of crime and safety standards, Baja is a much safer and risk-free place to travel. Furthermore, their level of experience, knowledge and comfort with living, traveling, and guiding tours in Baja, as well as the presence of people on board, assures trekkers a safe and enlightening experience. To learn more, please visit http://bajatrek.com/baja-travel-faq.htm

By signing up for this trip, you agree to the Legal Disclaimer & Release of Liability 

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  • Omar

    Fun, relaxing and drama free- kind of weekend a guy like me needs...

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Stacey

    Be sure to post your photos here!

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Talicia V.

    Hey lovelies. If you'd like tp keep in touch for hiking, eating L.A., or general galavanting, find me on FB or email me at [masked]. great to meet you all!

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Talicia V.

    Had a great relaxing weekend with good people. Everything was taken care of so there was nothing to do but enjoy the weekend! Good job.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Stacey

    Great seeing all of you this weekend! I would love to stay in touch! You can find me on Facebook at facebook.com/spokluda and if you had a good time this weekend, I would love if you could LIKE and post a review on Adventure People's Facebook page facebook.com/adventurepeople. I'll be posting pics and editing the video to post on YouTube when I get home tomorrow. :)

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Stacey

    I can finally mark off seeing an acrobatic gray whale from my bucket list! Great weekend with great people!

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Stacey

    We're here in front of the McDonalds

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,
    is it possible to join the group Inside mexico?
    for example where the GUS BUS stops

    January 24, 2014

    • Stacey

      You wouldn't really be part of the group if you drove your own car. Is that what you mean? Since it's a chartered bus with no designated stops, it would be difficult to tell you where to meet us.

      January 24, 2014

  • Cindy R.

    Hi, do you need a passport?

    January 23, 2014

    • Stacey

      Technically, yes. But the last time I went I forgot mine and didn't have a problem. I was able to get back across with just my driver's license. I might have just been lucky though.

      January 23, 2014

    • Stacey

      I will email it to you

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Stacey,
    Where exactly i gonna meet u ?Google map link shows somewhere in the crossing.

    January 23, 2014

    • Stacey

      Sending you an email now with all of the details

      January 23, 2014

    • Stacey

      If you need a carpool, please be sure to check out the carpool spreadsheet for those who might still have room https://docs.google.co...­

      January 23, 2014

  • Stacey

    Hey guys! I've updated the post above with a pic of the actual boat we will be going out on for whale watching. It's a medium sized boat, unlike the small boat that I originally posted. This will be able to accommodate all of us better and we can bring booze on the boat if you wish. :)

    January 23, 2014

  • Lili

    Is there anyone carpooling from Northeast LA area?

    January 15, 2014

    • Lili

      I've already found a ride. I'm all set.

      2 · January 19, 2014

    • Delia

      YAY!! Thanks,

      2 · January 19, 2014

  • Stacey

    Hi everyone! I've updated the carpool spreadsheet and there is now a tab for people driving and one for passengers who are looking for a ride. If you have not already done so, please check this out and connect with each other if you have space in your car or are still looking for a ride. Thanks! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqxI5AggHksXdGFha3NjNnBqRkh4Q2stbURsNmd4SkE&usp=sharing

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Talicia V.

    I now have an open spot in my car pool. First come first serve. We leave Friday around 7 pm from Burbank. You can leave your car on my street. Let me know.

    January 17, 2014

    • Talicia V.

      First one to take the empty spot on Stacey's carpool list gets it.

      January 17, 2014

    • Omar

      I put my name there (:

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • Stacey

    For everyone staying at Lucky D's on Friday night, please be sure you go online and secure your reservation for a dorm room http://www.luckydshostel.com/rates/

    January 15, 2014

    • Steve

      Ha, only homeless people from outside California can stay there. ;) I may be staying in San Ysidro close to the border, and will meet you Sat. morn. Sounds like you'll be arriving pretty late on Friday.

      January 16, 2014

    • Stacey

      We should arrive by around 9pm

      January 17, 2014

  • Talicia V.

    Just an update, my carpool is full. Stacey, Delia, Candy and Bill. We leave from my house in Burbank where there is street parking for your cars. Stacey, your mini can take my spot in the driveway. If anyone drops out please let me or Stacey know so I can off the space to someone else. Thanks guys! I can't wait!

    January 15, 2014

    • Stacey

      You are a rock star Talicia!

      1 · January 16, 2014

    • Talicia V.

      Just trying to help boo!

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • Steve

    Hi everyone, I work in Culver City and will probably be leaving from there sometime Friday afternoon. I can drive or ride with anyone coming south on the 405.

    January 15, 2014

    • Talicia V.

      Add your name to the carpool list or contact Omar and Lilli who are both looking to carpool as well. Their numbers are on the carpool sign up sheet Stacey linked in a previous comment. See you there!

      1 · January 15, 2014

    • Steve

      Thanks, I'm now on the list

      January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What time is the bus expected back on Sunday?

    January 9, 2014

    • Stacey

      You and me both! I live in Santa Barbara.

      January 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh wow, that is a long drive! I have parental obligations for pickup Sunday 5pm- will see if I can get an exception for that day, if so, I'd be free to go and wld definitely be leaving Friday, fingers crossed! :-)

      1 · January 9, 2014

  • Stacey

    Here's a link to sign up for carpool! If you are planning to drive, please be sure to enter your info and how many people you have room for. Please include contact info so those looking for a ride can get in touch with you. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqxI5AggHksXdGFha3NjNnBqRkh4Q2stbURsNmd4SkE&usp=sharing

    January 8, 2014

  • Talicia V.

    I can't wait for this trip!

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • Arun

    In +1, I can't wait!

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • ramjet

    Hi
    A one day trip?
    I would like to join in on trips of longer duration.
    I will keep watching for those to come up.
    Ramjet

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to!

    December 1, 2013

  • Delia

    I can NOT pass THIS down!!! YAY!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Omar

    i'm in !

    1 · November 24, 2013

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