Health Information

The country of Mexico, including Baja, has a high incidence of Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease. While we take all precautionary steps to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A at our hotel and on our trips for complete protection we recommend our clients get vaccinated for Hepatitis A, readily available at most health clinics. Check with your physician for more information.

As of November 2016, there have been less than 10 reported cases of Zika in Baja. We always recommend insect repellent or insect repellent clothing. Mosquitoes in Baja are known to carry Dengue fever and we encourage you to take steps to avoid getting bitten, both in town and on the island. Fortunately, mosquitoes aren’t too plentiful most of our winter season or tenacious and deterrents are very effective. We recommend contacting the CDC for the most current information concerning the Zika virus in Southern Baja.

Reading List

Field Guides

  • *A Field Guide to the Common and Interesting Plants of Baja California – Jeanette Coyle
  • *Field Guide to the Birds of North America, by The National Geographic Society – Jon Dunn and Erik Blom
  • OR, Birds of North America, Golden Guide
  • *Sierra Club Handbook to Cetaceans – Steve Leatherwood
  • *Marine Animals (includes fish and invertebrates) of Baja California – Daniel Gotshall
  • *Fishes of the Pacific Coast – Gar Goodson

Natural History and Travel

  • Almost an Island, Travels in Baja California – Bruce Berger
  • A Desert Country Near the Sea – Ann Zwinger
  • The Log of the Sea of Cortez – John Steinbeck
  • Miraculous Air


  • Baja Adventure Book – Walt Peterson
  • Into a Desert Place – Graham Mackintosh
  • *Sea Kayaking in Baja – Andromeda Romano-Lax

Sport Fishing

  • The Baja Catch – Neil Kelly and Gene Kira


  • The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  • The Girl of the Sea of Cortez – Peter Benchley

Whale Watching

  • *Field Guide to the Gray Whale – The Oceanic Society
  • Friendly Whales – Roy Nickerson
  • Delicate Art of Whale Watching – Joan McIntyre
  • *Pod of Gray Whales – Francois Gohier
  • Eye of the Whale – Rick Russell


  • Baja Almanac – Detailed Topographic Maps
  • Sea of Cortez Paddling Charts – For ordering info call us at 1-800-355-7140

For Fun

  • Spanish Lingo for the Savvy Gringo – Reid
  • Mexican Slang Guide – Robinson

*Books included in the Mar Y Aventuras camp library.

NOTE: Several of these books can be ordered through “The Discover Baja Travel Club” at 1-800-727-2252 or through


If you are delayed en-route to Baja please notify either of our offices; Sea & Adventures in Bozeman, MT at or 800-355-7140 OR Mar Y Aventuras in La Paz, Baja, Mexico at or 406-522-7596. Keep in mind our La Paz office and Hotel Posada LunaSol reception are open daily, 24 hours a day, while our Sea & Adventures office is open M-F 9-5. If it is a weekend or evening it’s best to contact our La Paz office.

Sea & Adventures and Mar Y Aventuras are not responsible for any costs incurred due to delays that may occur due to transportation (airline), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies for which we are unable to control.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself in case of any last minute emergencies, we recommend that you purchase travel insurance through Travel Insurance Services (800-937-1387).

Physical & Mental Benefits of Kayaking

We recommend reading this article: What are the Physical & Mental Health Benefits of Kayaking?.