A gray whale breaches in San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico.

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Laguna San Ignacio

Top choice in Southern Baja

Along with Laguna Ojo de Liebre and Bahía Magdalena, Laguna San Ignacio is one of the Pacific coast’s major winter whale-watching sites. The Mexican government has thankfully granted an unprecedented level of protection to 199,040 acres of surrounding land. Three-hour whale-watching excursions start at US$55 per person.