Northern Sea of Cortez

We are amazed by the dramatic landscapes and geology of the rocky islands and eastern coastline of Baja, Mexico. Hiking is sure different among the massive, colorful rock walls.

The various sandstone sculptures is jaw dropping. Basically living outdoors on the water, we experience all the natural elements, including weather.

Sailing south in the Sea of Cortes in August???
Not an easy task and it must be considered at many levels. We sailed south at 1 am because we needed to time the current and minimize the southerly winds or we could have had a slow miserable trip.
We had at least a 2 knot tail current and much help from some westerly gap winds out of Punta Trinidad.
Not only that, but the last 4 out of 6 nights we’ve had storms (known as Chubascos) crossing the SOC at night. Eek, glad it didn’t happen while on passage.
Happy to say we made it to Santa Rosalia in great time and good spirits.
We spent 1 night, as little time as possible, as it is the HOTTEST place on Planet Earth (well at least Baja).

In the Sea of Cortez, in the summer there are 3 major wind events that we have to be aware of; Chubasco’s, Coromels and Elephantes. These are fast moving convection cells which may have lightning, rain and high winds of 40 knots. Its been an amazing adventure in so many ways. Love it all!

Puerto Refugio! Amazing cruising grounds. This place is super remote even though San Diego is less than 300 miles away (as the crow flies).
We are anchored just north of Isla Angel De La Guarda. The snorkeling and fishing are amazing and the views are to die for. We are swimming with turtles just feet from us almost every time we get in the water. We will definitely remember this as one of the highlights of everything we’ve seen.

This is as far north as we will be going in the Sea of Cortez. Next we are looking forward to doing some land travel on the Mexican mainland as well as visiting family in California in September.

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