Whale of a Honeymoon
Resorts like the One&Only Palmilla, Las Ventanas al Paraiso and Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, have earned Mexico’s Los Cabos a shining star on the map of global extravagance. However, beyond the bona fide desert-meets-the-sea romance, these self-contained enclaves of leisure and pleasure have recently received tremendous attention for something beyond tangible luxury—the gray whale migration.
A front-row seat to this natural spectacle is Mother Nature’s wedding gift to Los Cabos’ honeymooners between December and April. Peaking in February, approximately 6,000 mammoth gray whales seek refuge in Los Cabos’ nutrient-rich waters to give birth and rear their young. Though most resorts provide in-room telescopes to bring the event up close and personal, the real-time Discovery Channel show often unravels on the rocky beaches around Esperanza. Indeed, it’s possible to marvel at these majestic mammals while enjoying the resort’s phenomenal Mexican cuisine at its hilltop La Palapa restaurant or sipping a margarita from your elevated, oceanfront balcony.
Along Mexico’s eastern coastline, the Yucatán Peninsula also serves as a seasonal “whale” wonderland. Though classified as part of the shark family, whale sharks are curious and docile creatures growing up to 40 feet and weighing as much as 20 tons. They inhabit the waters near the northeastern tip of the peninsula between May and September, during which visitors can snorkel alongside the gentle giants. Day trips are easily arranged through the concierge at the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun and the Fairmont Mayakoba. esperanzaresort.com; ritzcarlton.com/cancun; fairmont.com/mayakoba