Between 2010 and 2013 we cruised Mexico’s entire Pacific coast between Ensenada in the north and Mexico’s border with Guatemala in the south. In the spring of 2011 and the fall of 2012 we sailed up and down the Sea of Cortez, visiting almost all the anchorages between San Carlos and La Paz.
If you are not familiar with the location of these popular anchorages in the Sea of Cortez, check out Mexico Maps. If you are considering cruising the Sea of Cortez, have a look at our Mexico Cruising Guide Part I and Part II.
The Sea of Cortez is a stunning, raw land of contrasts. From languid tropical bliss to raging, violent storms, the Sea has shown us her glory and her fury, as she does to every sailor that ventures there…
October, 2011 - Crossing the Sea of Cortez from San Carlos "the short way," we found Punta Chivato very inviting.
June, 2011 - After a violent spring Norther in Isla Coronado we found incredible beauty and serenity at Bahia Concepcion.
November, 2011 - Tiny Isla Coyote is one of the few inhabited islands in the Sea of Cortez, but its once vibrant community of 30 has dwindled to 1.
November, 2011 - An impending Norther sent us into La Paz where Groovy joined the other anchored boats in the "La Paz Waltz."
April, 2011 - Ensenada Grande and Isla San Francisco are gorgeous anchorages, and we enjoyed phenomenal hikes up to spectacular views in each place.
April, 2011 - Bahía San Gabriel and Puerto Balandra are classic and gorgeous Sea of Cortez anchorages near La Paz, but Watch Out! Corumuels are Nasty!
Agua Verde is the quintessential Sea of Cortez anchorage: turquoise water, great snorkeling and hiking and a charming fishing community...
May, 2011 - Loreto's gorgeous new Villa del Palmar was a shocking contrast to the leaping manta rays & raw nature that surrounded us at Isla Coronado.
October, 2011 - We swam, hiked and snorkeled at La Ramada Cove and Isla Coronado, two of the Sea's best anchorages, but were alarmed by a shipwreck.
May, 2011 - Puerto Escondido surprised us with an RV park and unfinished canals, while charming Loreto offered up a farmer's market and special Dia de la Marina.
October, 2011 - Resuming our boat travels, we found ourselves in beachwear enjoying beers at a beach palapa in San Carlos, happy to be back in Mexico...
To see the links to our blog posts from the other regions of Mexico besides the Sea of Cortez, check out these summary pages (you can also find them under the Mexico menu item in the menu bar at the top of each page):
- Pacific Coast of the Baja (San Diego to Cabo San Lucas)
- Northern mainland Pacific coast (Mazatlan to Manzanillo)
- Southern mainland Pacific coast (Zihuatanejo to Chiapas)
- Inland Travels (Oaxaca, Monte Alban, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Morelia)
To follow our travels chronologically, see the Route page.