Baja Sea of Cortez Voyage
Dates: Flexible | Departure: La Pax, Baja California, Mexico | Group Size: Flexible | Price: Starting at $1850 per person
Join MountainSea for a one week sailing adventure through the marine life-rich Sea of Cortez. We will embark from La Paz, exploring the uninhabited islands of Espiritu Santo, Isla Partida and San Francisco. The package will include food catered and prepared by our professional staff, a trained skipper with expert knowledge of the cruising grounds and a focus on safety without compromising fun. The dramatic coastline boasts activities such as hiking, snorkeling, whale watching, and scuba diving. Various yacht choices are available, monohull and catamaran, depending on your interest.
Create Your Own Adventure…Do as much or as little as you would like throughout the week. If you are interested in learning how to sail, your captain is a certified sailing instructor and can give you a certification through the American Sailing Association. If you want to relax and enjoy the sights only, thats okay too! You may decide to help sail the yacht one day, but not the next. It is all completely up to you.
This voyage is designed by MountainSea founder Ted Barrett who has spent many months sailing in the Sea of Cortez. The sample itinerary includes our favorite highlights but can be adjusted to accommodate your requests. Other factors such as weather and sea conditions may impact your actual itinerary and our captains will know which spot is best for the day!
Baja Sea of Cortez Highlights
- View sea lions, dolphins, and even whales in their natural habitat
- Hike “The Hook”
- Sail protected waters and learn the ropes
- Snorkel into dramatic caves on Isla Partida
- BBQ fresh fish on the beach
Day 1 – La Paz
Arrive to the marina north of La Paz, in the late afternoon for a yacht introduction and move into your cabin. We’ll have some time to relax and get to know each other over a cocktail and some hors d’oeuvres. Tonight, we stay in the marina for dinner at Steinbeck’s, a favorite dining spot in Marina Costa Baja.
Day 2 – Espiritu Santo
This morning we head out of the marina and into the Sea of Cortez to sail north to the uninhabited island of Espiritu Santo. The Sea of Cortez is home to over 900 uninhabited islands. One of our favorite cruising grounds for many reasons; getting completely off the grid and away from the hustle of the big city and the demands of home and work, beautiful crystal-clear water with an abundance of marine life, deserted white sand beaches and empty, isolated anchorages. Tonight, we anchor in one of the many bays on the west side of the island. Dinner will be prepared by your crew. Sit back, enjoy the sunset and have a margarita!
Day 3 – Isla Partida
Take the time this morning to relax. Take a swim, snorkel the walls along the side of the bay to see reef fish like sergeant majors and wrasses, take the SUPs out for a paddle and pick up shells along the beach. At lunch, we’ll sail around the corner between Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida. At Calletta Partida we’ll drop the hook and have lunch. This afternoon we will dinghy through the small passage between the two islands to go explore the east side of the islands. Here you can snorkel into caves and see the dramatic effects of the exposed shoreline.
Day 4 – Los Islotes
Today is action packed. We leave early this morning to head to Los Islotes, a small group of rocky islands north of Isla Partida, that serves as a home for a sea lion rookery. Here we’ll spend a couple hours snorkeling and swimming with the curious sea lions. Hopefully, there are some newborn pups as they are curious and love to come close to see you. After our fun with sea lions, we’ll set sail on one of our longest legs of the trip. We are headed to Isla San Francisco and the iconic bay, The Hook. The Hook is a pristine bay with the longest white sand beach we will visit. Tonight, we’ll use our grill to make kabobs and grilled veggies under the stars.
Day 5 – Isla San Francisco
Sleep in this morning, relax and enjoy a hearty breakfast before taking on the day. This morning we’ll hike the trail around the cliff side looking over the Hook. Make it as challenging as you like, but don’t forget to stop and enjoy the view. Today is all about enjoying everything that Isla San Francisco has to offer, snorkel the reef at the entrance to the Bay, SUP around the corner to an empty cove, walk the long white sand beach or lay out in a hammock and read a book. Take in the sunset with a cocktail and prepare for a delicious dinner of fresh fish.
Day 6 – Esprirtu Santo
We’ll leave early this morning for our longest sail from San Francisco back to Espiritu Santo. We’ll practice our new found sailing skills. Take the helm and steer us downwind riding the swell back south. This afternoon, get out on the water and explore another beautiful bay. Take it all in as we head back to the marina tomorrow.
Day 7 – La Paz
We’ll have a lazy morning and lunch before heading back to the marina. Make sure to complete all of those sailing goals before reaching the marina. We’ll spend the late afternoon watching the sunset at the large pool. After drinks by the pool, clean up and dress up for dinner in town.
Day 8 – Farewell!
Unfortunately, today we must leave our beloved yacht and head off to new adventures. It was a pleasure having you all onboard and we look forward to sailing with you again in the near future!
- All breakfasts, lunches, and snacks
- 4 Dinners onboard
- Water and all non-alcoholic beverages onboard
- 7 Nights in double stateroom with ensuite lavatory
- Air conditioning
- Snorkeling equipment
- Water toys
- Yacht fees, fuel costs, marina fees
- MountainSea hat
- American Sailing Association Certifications
- ASA 101 – Basic Keelboat Sailing
- ASA 103 – Coastal Cruising
- ASA 104 – Bareboat Chartering
- ASA 114 – Cruising Catamarans
- Scuba Diving
- Airport transfers
- 3 Meals onshore
- Attraction entrance fees
- Alcoholic beverages (Many places to buy throughout the voyage)
- Travel insurance
- Crew gratuity
“Taking our family, including two children, on a yacht for the week was daunting, as we all had very limited experience on large boats. But every detail and every comfort was taken care of by Captain Ted. We were able to learn a tremendous amount, and the way in which Ted worked with our kids was as gentle as it was effective. His demeanor imparted a sense of confidence that allowed our kids to comfortably take on tasks they might not otherwise have tried, from taking the helm to learning to flambé shrimp for dinner. We all came away appreciative that our week had been as relaxing as educational. The unbelievable beauty of the Caribbean was perhaps the least impressive part of our trip, and that is saying a ton about Ted and the trip. Can’t wait to head South again.”
Keith, Krista, Walker and Grey Davis