San Blas, Mexico Pacific Coast Whale Watch
San Blas, Just below the Tropic of Cancer on Mexico's Pacific Coast, the Pacific Ocean meets the Bay of Cortez Where the waters mingle, the Humpback Whales come to spend their winter. San Blas makes a great place to Whale Watch
Along with Whale Watching, Bird Watching is another big draw for San Blas.
The area around San Blas is still relatively wild and there is still a charm to the simple fishing village. Some day it may be a Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo; it has the beaches, the surfing waves, the historic fort and crumbling old church. The proximity to the US border add to the allure; it is just about a thousand miles south of Arizona. San Blas has a lot to offer but the stopper might now and always be the bugs. Mosquitoes and tiny biting bugs, called locally Jejens, that swarm at dusk and on overcast days.
For those accustomed to slathering on the repellent, San Blas can be a relaxed and lazy place to get a close up look at wild nature.
The village has its wild side too. Fish roast on barbecue spits along the side of the road, ladies sell banana bread of all description, and tour boats make trip into the estuary through tunnels carved in the mangroves to see the crocodiles, coatimundi, snake, iguana, Jaguar, and over 300 (some say 500) species of migratory bird.
In the Bay of Cortez, the whale shark prowl the surface feeding on plankton while the sport fishing fleet hunts for Marlin and Dorado.
Raw nature is the draw now for San Blas. The tour operators offer the ecotour where the wildness of San Blas can be viewed up close.
Migratory birds: 300 types of birds have been reported, along with jaguars, Coatimundi, snakes, iguana and dozens of other endangered mammals and reptiles. The place remains isolated due in part to its notorious bugs called Jejéns, a tiny biting insect. Hurricanes have hurt San Blas as well, a blessing or a curse; some see both; there are not many visitors..
San Blas was founded in 1768 as a commercial port and a boat building center because of its sheltered harbor and its surrounding hardwood forests.
From San Blas, Junipero Serra built a ship and departed for his mission building in California
The captain and crew of the Santa Rita offer ecotours to observe the Humpback Whales and the Whale Sharks offshore. They also offer trips to the Islands for bird watching , and sport fishing trips to catch Marlin and Dorado. Catch and release trips are an option.
Tel. 3232851407 or 323101-4312
Los Ruelas Ecoturismo Nautico
The horse and the bicycle are common modes of transportation for the locals in San Blas. In the afternoon and evening the smell of grilled fish fills the air as the barbecues toast the days catch. Music fills the plaza in front of the old church.
Humpback Whale Season: December to March