Fancy taking in a dip with the largest fish in the sea? Of course you do. That’s why you should head down to the capital of Baja California Sur, La Paz, where whale sharks winter, enjoying the nutrient-rich waters in the Sea of Cortez.
The city of La Paz is a two-hour drive north from the popular tourist destination of Los Cabos, and it is well worth it. It’s a small but vibrant city, and everything from the long, bayfront promenade to the cuisine is based on the sea.
The local captains have an intimate knowledge of the area and follow the whale sharks. Depending on the size of your boat and your captain, you may share the experience with other people, or you may have it all to yourself. Most of the boats are between 15 and 20 feet.
A 30-minute boat ride (depending on the day) will get you to the whale sharks. Your captain will navigate near the fish’s path, hand you a snorkel and fins and tell you to jump out. For a moment you’re disoriented, but then you see a 15-foot whale shark swimming at you with its mouth gaping open and you quickly remember where you are.
You can swim with the fish for as long as you can keep up; they move surprisingly fast. The animals are friendly but spook easily, so don’t get too close and definitely don’t try to touch one. Spend as long as you wish following the fish; time is little concern to most of the boat captains and you’ve already paid. A trip will cost around $40, but remember, haggling is absolutely accepted and different captains may quote you different prices.
But, whatever the price, after you’ve been in the water with a whale shark, you may never be the same again.
The Alamo was a place occupied by Spanish settlers, and an important part of the early stages of Texas’s war for independence from Mexico. The Spanish settlers established a military and prepared for a fight. During the early stages of the war, a group of Texan soldiers ambushed and took over the Alamo from the Mexican military and gained control of San Antonio. Shortly after, the Mexican military gained control once again. The Battle of The Alamo went on for years and eventually ended with the Texans winning.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.