At SamBoat, we thought about the best 7-day sailing itinerary that will allow you to enjoy the Mexican beaches and small coastal towns. The starting point gives direct access to the Sea of Cortez, a famous place to spot sea lions, whales, sharks and turtles. You will also be able to taste traditional dishes and discover Mexican culture. Renting a boat in La Paz is by far the best way to visit the region!
Day 1: La Paz → Ensenada Grande
30MN or six hours of sailing
It’s time to set sail! Go get your boat and head to Ensenada Grande, a secluded, uninhabited beach located on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California. The sand is soft, the view is beautiful, and there’s so much to see on land and in the sea (where you’ll be able to see a variety of marine species in their natural environment). While you’re there, explore the coral reefs either by swimming or by using a dinghy to the spot of your choice.
Day 2: Ensenada Grande → San Evaristo
30MN or six hours of sailing
Leave at dawn to better apprehend this long crossing, and go to Los Islotes island. You will be quickly rewarded for your morning efforts! There, you will be able to swim with sea lions, it’s without a doubt an exceptional experience… In addition to the huge colony of sea lions, you will be able to observe several species of birds as well as a variety of colored fish. In the evening, we advise you to drop anchor in San Evaristo. A small haven where a small fishing village is located. You can spend a relaxing night there and replenish your energy.
Day 3: Isla San evaristo → Isla San Francisco
10 MN or two hours of navigation.
For the third day of your journey, head for San Francisco Island. It is a small uninhabited island perfect for walking, fishing and snorkelling. A stunning site, also very popular with sailors because of its large crescent-shaped bay. It offers good protection against most winds and rough swell conditions. If you want to see the sunset in the most beautiful way, climb to the top of the mountain. You surely won’t be disappointed!
Day 4: Isla San Francisco → Amortajada
5 MN or one hour of sailing
A very small navigation awaits you on the fourth day of your cruise from la Paz, to join the island Amortajada. Let yourself be charmed by this place, which will delight bird lovers and people who love cruising in turquoise waters. Indeed, the water is so clear that you can see the rippling sand as you slowly make your way to the shore. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere and choose between sunbathing on the deck, swimming in the warm water or paddle boarding before docking on the coast and exploring the surrounding area.
Day 5: Amortajada → Bahia San Gabriel
35MN or seven hours of sailing
After two days of wandering from island to island, you will have to navigate a little bit longer than usual to reach your next destination. As you get closer to the coast, huge cliffs with red and ochre colours will appear in front of you. You will be amazed by this unique combination of desert and sea. On land, you will be surrounded by a western setting with giant cacti. If you have a pair of binoculars on board, this is the perfect place to admire the flocks of pelicans that flutter around the island.
Day 6: Bahia San Gabriel → Puerto Balandra
15MN or three hours of sailing
Puerto Balandra is a small paradise surrounded by mountains. The water is transparent and warm, about 30 degrees! You can easily stay there for hours, without even feeling the slightest chill. If you have small children, this is the ideal place! It’s quite shallow even in the middle of the bay.
Day 7: Puerto Balandra → La Paz
13 MN or two and a half hours of navigation
After taking in the sights and enjoying your cruise from la Paz in Mexico, it is time to return to the port of La Paz. Once you arrive, return your boat and check out. Enjoy the views of the small town one last time.
If you have already gone on a cruise from la Paz and you want to navigate in Europe, you might want to check out our itinerary in the canary islands!