Sailing the Sea of Cortez: Cruise Mexico’s Most Famous Anchorages

Map of Sea of Cortez Cruising Anchorages

The major Sea of Cortez spots
There are dozens of anchorages…

Sailing the Sea of Cortez is many a sailor’s dream, and on this blog you can cruise Mexico’s most famous anchorages with us and plan your own future sailing adventure!

Between 2010 and 2013 we sailed our 2008 Hunter 44DS sailboat along Mexico’s entire Pacific coast, from 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, mostly along the east coast of Baja California, and we visited 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 Maps of Mexico’s Anchorages for more detail.

If you are considering sailing the Sea of Cortez, have a look at our pages:

The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, 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.

Sea of Cortez Sailing is at its best in October and May. You may want to run your cabin heater in January (and you definitely won’t want to swim). In August you will find yourself baking beyond belief (but the water will be a balmy 90+ degrees F!

For a very funny read about this area, check out The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck. There is a middle chapter by a chum of his that is very esoteric and boring. You’ll know it when you get there. The rest is absolutely hilarious.

Following are our Sea of Cortez sailing posts:

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 all listed under the MEXICO menu item (Pacific Mexico Destinations) in the menu bar at the top of each page):

To follow our sailing travels chronologically, see Our Cruise (cruising links only) or the Route page (cruising and RVing).


To help you plan your cruise and get you inspired, we created the video series, "Cruising Mexico Off the Beaten Path - Volumes 1-3," shown below. This is a fun-to-watch and easy-to-digest introduction to Mexico from a cruiser's perspective, giving you lots of valuable information that isn't covered by the cruising guides. Each video is available individually at Amazon, either as a DVD or as a download. For discount package pricing on the whole series, visit our page Cruising Mexico Video Series.

Volume 1 reviews the geography, weather and seasons in Mexico and shows you what the best anchorages between Ensenada and Manzanillo are like.

Volume 2 gives detailed info that can't be found in any of the guidebooks about the glorious cruising ground between Manzanillo and the Guatemala border.

Volume 3 (right) provides all the info you need to get off the boat for an adventure-filled trip to Oaxaca.

Our Gear Store also has a boatload of ideas for your cruise!