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Nature to the Fore in the Fall

September 20, 2016

Fall brings a different feeling to Los Cabos. The kids are back in school. Families return to their daily routines. And Nature at the tip of the Baja Peninsula returns to her regular cycles.

Early fall, for example, marks the start of the nesting season for the endangered sea turtles that call Los Cabos home. Through mid-December, hundreds of sea turtle hatchlings will make their way from Cabos’ beaches to the sea. Because the hatchlings are easy prey for natural predators, these gentle reptiles need all the assistance they can get in order to reach maturity. For the past 13 years, Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts has taken an active role in conservation efforts, educating guests about the turtles, and inviting them to assist Mother Nature. Working with the resort’s team of naturalists, residents and visitors alike can help release turtle hatchlings from their protected nests starting in late September. For animal lovers, it’s an experience to be treasured.

Around the time the last of the sea turtles leave in mid-December, one of Nature’s most delightful signs of seasonal change occurs—the migration of hundreds of whales from the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean to the warm, calm waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula. Balmy weather, ideal salinity and abundant marine life makes the bays and lagoons around Los Cabos the perfect place for whales to birth and rear their young. Of the eight species that venture to Los Cabos, the most popular are the humpback whales, which routinely spout close to shore and thrust themselves out of the water in fantastic leaps. Guests at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort and Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort can view these majestic creatures from their room balconies, or from various lookouts around the resort properties. Whale-watching excursions from the nearby Cabo San Lucas marina are also a good option.

Golfers can not only see spouting whales from the cliff-top holes at Quivira Golf Club, they’re surrounded by the exquisite beauty of Land’s End landscape, the rolling dunes and desert foothills poised between the mountains and the sea. Towering above the abundant species of shrubs and trees that frame the course are the multi-armed, centuries-old cardon cactus, many of them colonized by cactus wrens. Golfers are also likely to see roadrunners, prairie falcons, quail or spotted owls during their rounds. Jackrabbits, red foxes, and white-tailed deer are common. And reptiles, including geckos, iguanas or horned lizards, are sometimes seen.

There may be no riotous blaze of fall foliage in Los Cabos, but Nature manifests herself in other ways as summer gives way to the next season.