Fun and flavourful; Mexico conjures images of sun, sand, and delicious cuisine. Combined with the proximity to California and thus inevitable US influences, Baja manages to capture luxury with a unique simplicity. Embodying the laid back attitude of both California and Mexico, where better to laze on miles of sun-baked sand as huge sapphire waves lap the shore. If you’re a lover of creatures under the sea, snorkel and spot the myriad of fish lurking in the deep blue like yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, snapper, and sailfish. If you’re a foodie, also enjoy the breadth of seafood from the dry comfort of your deck on your plate. Around the world, Baja is used as an adjective for a dish with quality fish and zesty flavours so enjoy the origin. If you’re not in the mood for seeing or salivating over these scaly creatures the Sea of Cortez still has plenty of sea life to offer filled with colossal blue whales, bottlenose dolphins and sea lions. “It never rains in southern California” so cruise on into the Baja sun and start your adventure.
DAY 1 — LA PAZ
Fly into San Jose del Cabo and meet the yacht in La Paz. Embark and spend the day getting acquainted with the yacht and crew. In the evening, the crew will set up a formal dinner on board.
DAY 2 — ISLA ESPíRITU SANTO
Spend your morning sightseeing in La Paz before cruising to Isla Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit Island). Truly ethereal, Espiritu Santo is rumored to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez. Protected under UNESCO as a biosphere and purchased by several non-profit organizations like the Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, its turquoise waters are rich in marine life and its beaches golden and pristine. Spend the afternoon kayaking, snorkeling or hiking ashore. At lunch setup a picnic on Bonanza Beach and enjoy the sights.
DAY 3 — ISLA SAN FRANCISCO
Wake up and enjoy coffee on the aft deck as you cruise the Sea of Cortez. Keep a lookout for the humpback, fin, blue, and orca and orca whales gliding through the water. Renowned for fishing, the famous “El Bajo” or Marisla Seamount is just offshore. The crew can trawl as you cruise with hopes of catching a dorado. After lunch, sail into the deep blue turned emerald waters of the classic Baja anchorage: “The Hook” at Isla San Francisco. From the steep cliffs towering over the crescent beach to the plentiful bay below, there is no better place to anchor for the night.
DAY 4 — PUERTO LOS GATOS
An early morning skiff ride is a must to explore some of the fishermen’s caves and little pocket beaches this area has to offer. During breakfast, cruise north to Puerto Los Gatos, a Martian-esque island with reddish cliffs and rock formations. If you haven’t tired of it, this area is excellent for snorkeling or spend the day hiking the impressive coastline. Visit the Cardon cactus forest, unlike any other forest you’ve set foot in. Densely packed with these spiny members , the Cardon species is the largest in the world. In the afternoon cruise to Agua Verde.
DAY 5 — SAN IGNACIO LAGOON
In the morning, arrive in Puerto Escondido for a short transfer flight across the peninsula to San Ignacio Lagoon for an unforgettable day with the lagoon’s friendly gray whales. Return to the yacht for dinner. Later you will have an opportunity to explore the beautiful seaside town of Loreto, with its fine Mission Church (the oldest in the Californias).
DAY 6 — BAHIA ELEFANTE & PUNTA SAN EVARISTO
In the morning, make way for Bahia Elefante (Elephant Bay) — named for its distinctive rock formation — for some incredible snorkeling, kayaking and hiking. In the afternoon search for the blue whale while en route to Punta San Evaristo, a friendly community with a true “Baja feel.”
DAY 7 — LA AMORTAJADA & LOS ISLOTES
Wake up in La Amortajada to a peaceful view and then take a kayak or dinghy to through the channel leading to a mangrove-lined lagoon. If your legs need some stretching step ashore and walk along the tree-lined passageways to the sea. Later, cruise to Los Islotes, a series of small islands where as you pull in you’ll immediately see the abundance of Steller sea lions lounging on the jagged rocks. Don your snorkeling gear to have a dip with the yearlings and bulls for once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the evening, anchor in a cove on Isla Partida for your farewell dinner.
DAY 8 — LA PAZ
Cruise back to La Paz to disembark.
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