We left La Paz on 4/13 and met Anna at Play Bonanza on Isla Espiritu Santo
– about 20 miles from La Paz.
|Mike and Brian stopped by for a beer. |
They were very comfortable in Mikes bean bag chairs.
|Shelling on Playa Bonanza.|
The following morning we took off early and had a great sail all the way up to San Evaristo where we waited out a northerly for 4 days. It’s a nice protected anchorage, but it was cold – air temp got down to 59 in the morning and water was 68.
|Sailing from Bonanza to San Evaristo.|
It was cold!
|Our route to San Evaristo.|
|View from the cockpit - San Evaristo.|
One morning it was calm enough to head across to Punta Salinas
on Isla San Jose (4 miles) for a day trip.
|The abandoned salt ponds at Punta Salinas.|
|Anchored off of Punta Salinas.|
On 4/18 we made an early morning departure and motored to Punta San Telmo – 47 miles. It was like someone had turned the switch – no wind, no clouds, warm air and water temp was rising. We absolutely loved San Telmo. We were the only boat there. The snorkeling was great, good beachcombing, perfect weather and warm and clear water (got up to 76 while we were there), plus the view was awesome-AND Chrissy caught her first yellowtail while trolling in the dinghy!
|Beautiful red sandstone and white sand beaches in San Telmo.|
|Loomba-Loomba anchored off of Punta San Telmo.|
On the morning of 4/21 another southerly came up so we decided to head 17 miles north to Agua Verde which was one of our favorite Sea of Cortez anchorages last year. It was good sailing and we anchored in the southerly cove about mid-day. The weather was perfect, and the water was clear and warm. We spent three days just hanging out, swimming, fishing, beachcombing and snorkeling. Perfect.
We slept in the cockpit two nights while we were there to watch the forcasted meteor showers. There was no moon so the stars and Milky Way were gorgeous, but the meteor shower was disappointing.
|Loomba-Loomba anchored in Agua Verde.|
Another southerly came up the morning of 4/24 so we sailed north again. This time 17 miles to Candeleros Bay. There is a big hotel here that lets cruisers use their facilities and we can get wifi on the boat. It’s only 7 miles from Puerto Escondido so if the weather stays settled we’ll stay here until we need to head into PE to get the car started and the boat cleaned up before we drive down to La Paz to pick up Kelsey and RL who will be joining us for about 9 days.
|Sailing from Agua Verde to Candeleros.|
|We got a bonito on the way.|
|Anchored in Candeleros.|
We knew we loved the Sea of Cortez in April, May and June, but this year is even better than last. There are fewer boats, the water is warmer and clearer than it was at this time last year, we are more relaxed, and we are moving more slowly and spending more time in the places we really like. We are excited to have Kelsey and RL join us for awhile to see what it’s all about!