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Guerrero Negro/Mexico

Introducing Guerrero Negro

After the snazziness of the touristy border towns, unassuming Guerrero Negro – a town that sprang up to service the lone salt factory – is a welcome relief. People actually speak Spanish here and nobody’s barking out invitations to strip clubs. Though the main tourist draw is the proximity to whales in whale season, there’s excellent bird-watching in the shallow marshes, plus friendly hotels and restaurants, and the salt factory’s odd white crystalline plains are quite beautiful. The nearby Laguna Ojo de Liebre (known in English as Scammon’s Lagoon), which annually becomes the mating and breeding ground of California gray whales, is the prime attraction.