Mexico Yacht Charters – Sea of Cortez
Loreto | Isla Coronado | Isla Carmen | Isla San José
Isla San Francisco | Isla Espíritu Santo | La Paz | Cabo San Lucas
The Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) – Mexico
Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the “aquarium of the world.” The narrow strip of water between Mexico’s Baja peninsula and the mainland, the Sea of Cortez remains largely a secret waiting to be discovered.
Cousteau’s moniker is accurate: here you can dive with massive, gentle whale sharks or play tag with spirited sea lion pups.
The wildlife below and above the water is just part of the draw. The scenery is breathtaking: desert mountains towering over clear-ascan- be turquoise seas. It’s the perfect backdrop for watersports, hiking, beach barbecues or simply dining al fresco and marveling at the starry sky in a land free from light pollution.
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Travels Along Mexico’s Sea of Cortez
Best of all, you will see few tourists and even fewer boats – superyachts do come here, but it’s nothing compared to the busy winter cruising destinations.
When you’re done with the seclusion, head for the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, where you will find the celebrity haunts of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, both of which boast high-end hotels, shopping, excellent restaurants – a Nobu opened recently – and tequila-fueled nightlife.
A huge private airport makes it easy for visitors to jet in and out of Cabo and explore the stunning Sea of Cortez beyond. Cabo is also an ideal place to ring in the New Year, with exciting festivities and a series of dazzling fireworks exploding off the coast – best seen by boat, of course.
Fly into Loreto International Airport and meet your yacht at Marina Puerto Escondido. You can either head to the mountains to tour the restored San Javier Mission church (one of the best preserved in Baja) or just settle in on board and get to know the crew while sipping a cocktail.
In the early morning, head to Isla Coronado, which has a hidden white sand beach. Grab your snorkel to get your first taste of the incredible marine life that the Sea of Cortez offers. Spot sea lions, dolphins and scores of species of fish, or enjoy a peaceful paddleboarding session.
Make the short cruise (less than eight nautical miles) to Isla Carmen, the largest island in Loreto Bay National Marine Park. Spend the day circumnavigating the island while also making use of the yacht’s toy box – exploring by jet ski, sailing dinghy or on board the yacht’s tender. Back on board, recline on the sundeck’s ample sunpads to watch a film under the stars.
Isla San José and Isla San Francisco
While you sleep, the yacht will move down the coastline to Isla San José, home to abandoned salt flats and forests of giant cacti to wander through on foot, and mangroves to explore by tender. After your adventures, your yacht will head south to the smaller Isla San Francisco, where there is the perfect anchorage for deploying the water slide in the clear waters.
Isla Espíritu Santo and Isla Partida
Your yacht will head further south to the uninhabited Isla Espíritu Santo and Isla Partida. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the islands are home to sharks, rays, turtles, dolphins and a large colony of sea lions. Snorkel with the adorable sea lion pups, who will play with you in the water, or take the tender to Ensenada Grande, considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
After a few days in the wilderness, pay a visit to the city of La Paz, with its vibrant art scene and intriguing international history. Stroll along its Malecón waterfront, which is packed with sculptures created by local artists, or visit the Plaza Constitución, with its 19th-century Our Lady of Peace Cathedral Basilica set in the shady Velasco Garden.
Cabo Pulmo National Park
Wake up in the Cabo PuImo National Park, a dream diving destination that’s home to sea turtles and rays. Spend your final day in the water, where you’ll discover why Jacques Cousteau nicknamed this stretch of coastline “the world’s aquarium.”
The next morning your yacht will head to the party beaches of Cabo San Lucas. Disembark and fly out from its international airport or enjoy a few days at the new Nobu Hotel Los Cabos and book a table for dinner at the renowned Nobu restaurant.
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