YOUR TRIP IN
Explore the Riches of Baja Mexico's Sea of Cortez
Commence your adventure in La Paz, a city adorned with natural beauty, culture, and historical charm. Explore pristine beaches, bustling town squares, and the anthropology and history museum. Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk to the pier, where you can admire bronze sculptures, including the famous Christ of the Ocean.
Afterward, sail to Puerto Balandra, a paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Dive into the sea for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or opt for an onshore adventure through scenic hiking trails. Be sure to capture a photo of the iconic Mushroom Rock "El Hongo."
Isla Espiritu Santo, the nearest island to La Paz, showcases its striking red limestone cliffs against the backdrop of the turquoise sea. Bahia San Gabriel boasts one of the most exquisite white sand beaches on the island. According to The Nature Conservancy, Espiritu Santo hosts an exceptionally intact ecosystem, home to unique plant, animal, and aquatic species, including black-tailed hares, ground squirrels, and ring-tailed cats. Snorkeling enthusiasts can explore the coral reefs along Punta Prieta and Ensenada de la Dispensa, housing over 500 fish and sea creature species. With mountains reaching heights of 2000 feet and desert landscapes revealing archaeological marvels dating back 40,000 years, the island is a true gem.
Isla San Francisco & Isla San Jose
The crescent-shaped bay at Isla San Francisco is a favored anchorage, known for its magnificent red rock cliffs, clear waters, and sandy beaches. Activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, and snorkeling are all on the agenda, with sightings of manta rays, thresher sharks, and seals. Explore the sandy seabed, where charming garden eels play hide and seek as you swim by.
Isla San Jose's Amortajada anchorage is another must-see location. Kayak through the mangroves and lagoon, don't forget your binoculars for observing white egrets and herons.
San Evaristo is a charming village known for fishing, salt production, and goat herding. The well-sheltered anchorage features a sandy beach, perfect for a leisurely afternoon of swimming and sunbathing. Adventure seekers can try spearfishing or simply relax onboard with cocktails while watching sea lions and pelicans. Indulge in an authentic, locally-inspired meal.
Agua Verde, a bustling fishing village nestled against the Sierra de la Giganta mountains, offers striking blue waters against striped rock cliffs. "Roca Solitaria," a prominent rock pinnacle, stands guard at the entrance to Agua Verde Bay. Embark on a hill hike to savor a breathtaking panoramic view of the bay. Sample fresh seafood caught by local fishermen or try your hand at catching dinner yourself.
Isla Monserrate, a part of the Bay of Loreto National Park, houses 13 reptile species, including a Whiptail species named after the island. It is the largest and one of the oldest oceanic islands in the region, characterized by volcanic limestone landscapes. Hikers will be captivated by its stunning vistas, while divers should prepare their underwater cameras to capture the diverse array of flora and fauna beneath the surface.
Los Islotes, a small cluster of islands off the northwest tip of Isla Partida, is home to a colony of Californian sea lions and a vibrant reef. Here, you can experience swimming alongside these friendly sea lions or dive below the surface at El Bajito to encounter exquisite tropical fish up close.
As you return to La Paz to conclude your charter, savor the sight of breaching whales by Isla Partida. Take a final stroll along the boardwalk and explore the picturesque streets of La Paz, or visit the botanical garden near the anthropology museum.