Kick off New Year with Whale Watching Adventure at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, B.C.S.

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Whale Watching Tours Offer Up-Close Encounters with Nature

We’re all about checking off your bucket list at Villa del Palmar at the Islands, and whale watching in The World’s Aquarium is one of those majestic moments that will stick with you forever. -- Owen Perry, Villa Group co-owner and president.

Add some adventure to the New Year with a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience through Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, recognized by the World Travel Awards as Mexico’s Leading Beach Resort.

Situated along the Sea of Cortez, which is otherwise known as “The Aquarium of the World,” Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto offers guests a chance to get up close with gray and blue whales as they migrate along the Pacific Coast each winter and spring.

“We’re all about checking off your bucket list at Villa del Palmar at the Islands, and whale watching in The World’s Aquarium is one of those majestic moments that will stick with you forever,” said Owen Perry, Villa Group co-owner and president.

Guests of Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto have two options for whale watching excursions during their stay at the “million star” resort, known for its star-laden sky, genuine hospitality, and incredible views of the Sea of Cortez and Sierra de la Giganta mountains.

The first option includes an eight-hour voyage that kicks off with a scenic drive in an air-conditioned van across the Baja Peninsula to the Pacific side of Magdalena Bay called López Mateos, the ideal spot to get an up-close view of gray whales. Each year gray whales migrate nearly 4,000 miles on a journey from Alaska to get to Magdalena Bay to bear their young in warm placid waters.

Once there, a knowledgeable guide will lead guests on a two-hour tour of the bay. Guests will learn about the lifestyle and habits of gray whales and interact with them in a safe environment as they play, jump and float nearby, curious newborns by their side.

After the excursion, voyagers are treated to a delicious, local lunch in López Mateos, a tiny authentic fishing village, before heading back to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto.

For another adventure, guests can look for sei whales, sperm whales, belugas, humpback whales, orcas and the majestic blue whale (largest animal to have ever lived on Earth) right in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park with the resort’s Sea of Cortez Tour.

Offered through Danzante Tours (the resort’s in-house tour agency), guests can choose a four-hour island tour with whale watching included to Danzante and Del Carmen islands aboard a comfortable APEX boat. The excursion includes a picnic on the beach, with optional hiking, snorkeling and leisure time on the islands, as well as an expert guide who can describe the surrounding habitat and point out exciting sightings of dolphins, sea lions, exotic fish, and of course, whales.

Whale watching season in Loreto runs from January to April, though whales are often closest to shore and the most active in February. Guests are recommended to bring comfortable clothes, sneakers, a light jacket, glasses, a hat, sunscreen, and mostly importantly, a camera to capture amazing memories, for both excursions.

Both the Magdalena Bay adventure and the Sea of Cortez tour package include a four-night, five-day stay in a Deluxe Studio, access to kayaking and paddle boarding, and credit at the 39,000-square foot Sabila Spa for relaxation after the fun-filled whale tour. Starting at $519 per person based on double occupancy for the Magdalena Bay package and $479 per person for the Sea of Cortez tour, the special packages can be booked now through March 31.

For resort reservations or additional information, please contact the resort at reservaciones.vdpl(at)vgloreto(dot)com or call 800.790.4187. To learn more about Villa del Palmar, contact your preferred travel professional, visit http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com or call the number above.

About Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto: Baja’s First Million Star Resort
Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a luxury destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island. Flanked by the rugged Sierra de la Giganta range, the Villa del Palmar is the first and only resort to occupy one of the Gulf of California's last virgin coastlines. The resort features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with terraces and stunning ocean and mountain views, three restaurants offering gourmet dining, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square-foot Sabila Spa and Wellness Center, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches, a private beachfront Danzante Bungalow and a mild and warm climate year-round. The 7,400-yard Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay Golf Course will offer a challenging, yet friendly course that works with the natural beauty and serenity of the surrounding environment.

Guests can enjoy PADI-certified SCUBA diving lessons and snorkeling tours in the protected indigo waters that explorer Jacques Cousteau once dubbed the “Aquarium of the World.” Outdoor adventurers can also experience tours of the nearby Danzante and Del Carmen Islands atop an inflatable APEX boat, as well as swimming, world-class fishing aboard the “Mad Dash” tournament boat, paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking. With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest National Marine Park. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children. Travelers can take a short flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines or from Calgary, Canada aboard WestJet, Canada’s most-preferred airline, to the Islands of Loreto.

The resort is also currently named the 16th best resort in Mexico by Trip Advisor. In 2015, Travel Weekly magazine recognized the Islands of Loreto with a 2015 Silver Magellan Award in the Adventure Destination category. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto was also recognized as Mexico’s Leading Beach Resort in the 22nd annual World Travel Awards.

For additional information on events, amenities, or availability call 800.790.4187 or visit http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com. Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings by finding us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/villadelpalmarattheislandsofloreto) or Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as @VilladelPalmarL.

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