Summer Vacations with an Edge: Kayaking the Sea of Cortez
So you're done with kayaking Manhattan and ready for an edgier boat trip? If you've got your basic boat skills down, one of the world's most picturesque kayak trails is just a few miles from the states, in Mexico's Baja California.
The sparsely populated coastline along the Sea of Cortez is one of North America's most remote waterways. Paddling through aquamarine seas surrounded by desert, rocky caves and the towering volcanic Sierra Giganta mountains, you'll catch sight of humpback whales, California grey whales, dolphins and, if you're extremely lucky, leatherback sea turtles.
GORP has an excellent guide for how to get going on the Sea of Cortez, or for less loner types, Sea Kayak Adventures offers six- to eight-day guided kayak tours through the sea.
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