Explore the treasures of Baja California on a luxury yacht
The Baja California mainland has two coasts totaling some 3,000 kilometers and includes 65 islands with hundreds more in the Gulf, making it an ideal cruising ground for luxury yachts. There are two ways to explore Baja and the Sea of Cortez; those with more days to go can enjoy boarding from San Diego and cruising the Pacific side with their first stop at the tree-less islands of San Benitos with their incredible bird colonies and curious sea lions. Further south, the San Ignacio Lagoon is famous for its gray whales. Magdalena Bay, with its rich seas attracting huge flocks of birds as well as numerous cetaceans, is the other recommended stopover on the Pacific coast.
The other option is to join your superyacht at the tip of Baja in Cabo San Lucas, a resort town with lush hotels and villas that host celebrities and CEOs.
Day 1 & 2: Cabo San Lucas
In contrast to the largely uninhabited Pacific coast, the resorts and marinas of ‘Cabo’ provide a good place to start relaxing from city life with just enough upscale shops, restaurants and clubs. to satisfy people in party mode. Cabo is famous for sport fishing, surfing and scuba diving. You’ll want to try your hand at photographing El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, one of the most famous rock formations in the world.
Day 3: Los Frailes
This anchorage is the gateway to the Cabo Pulmo Underwater Park, the largest living coral reef on the west coast of the continent for snorkeling or diving. Experienced divers can also find fantastic deep dives such as the Gordo Shoals, and El Bajo Seamount is ideal for large pelagics.
Day 4: Todos Los Santos
Travel by car! Halfway between Cabo and La Paz is this famous colony of inland artists with its own arts festival in late January and a film festival in March. This area is exceptionally green and was once a center of sugar cane; now she produces organic fruits and vegetables.
Day 5: La Paz
Meaning “peace” in Spanish, it is the largest city in Baja Sur. Stroll through the Malecón and shop for local crafts. Visit the main square and the 18th-century cathedral or soak up history at the Anthropology Museum.
Day 6: Isla Los Islotes and Espiritu Santo
These magnificent islands are found at the entrance to Bahia de La Paz. Their dramatically eroded faces contrast sharply with the clear, gentle sea. Snorkel among the curious sea lions who will happily play with you and humble you with their effortless acrobatics. It is also a great place to explore by kayak and enjoy a barbecue on the beach at sunset.
Day 7: Santa Catalina Island
It is a beautiful deserted island with massive cacti over 12 meters high. Bird watchers can enjoy a hike on land and everyone will enjoy observing the underwater life in the crystal clear waters – there are vast schools of colorful fish and blue whales are often found on the surface. This island is in the Bahia de Loreto National Park and the water and shores are pristine.
Day 8: Puerto Escondido
Much of the Gulf of California is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This large port has many relaxing anchorages. Treat yourself to land for hiking or mountain biking in the rugged Sierra de la Giganta.
Day 9: Lorette
It is Baja’s oldest permanent settlement and once its capital. The picturesque Misión San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundo, built in 1758, is in the mountains, an hour’s drive away. Loreto has an international airport with direct flights to Los Angeles.