Your comment of relatively sheltered waters makes me mention that the Sea of Cortez
, offers some really great sailing, but in the winter months, is cold and very stormy... The Sea is over 700 miles long and the fetch can be enormous.
During the summer months, there is always the possiblity of a Hurricane
coming up the Sea or rolling over the Baja
Pennisula. In addition, during the summer months there are Chubbasco Winds (Squalls) and Elephante Winds (Pacific Wind
blowing into the Baja).
With that said, we spent the summer of 2011 in the Gulf of California
(Sea of Cortez). The Sea of Cortez incredibly beautiful and after 9000 NM through Mexico
, Central America
and now the Western Caribbean
, have found the Sea of Cortez is our favorite cruising ground... so far.
There are a number of marinas
in the Sea of Cortez that should meet your needs, depending on what you intend to do.
If you want to leave the boat on the hard
for the winter or hurricane
season, the best bet would be San Carlos
or Guaymas on the mainland side of the Sea. La Paz
also has dry storage
In addition, there are marinas in La Paz
, Santa Rosalita, San Felipe, Puerto Penasco and Topolobmpo. There are also moorings in Puerto Escondito, 10 miles south of Loredo.
A good reference is the cruising guide by Shawn Breeding & Heather Bansmer "Sea of Cortez - A Cruiser's Guide
". This book is the bible for cruisers in Mexico
and has all the information you will like require.