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Old 24-12-2011, 10:52   #1
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Sea of Cortez Winds - Apr/May?

We will be chartering from La Paz in the Sea of Cortez end of April/early May and would appreciate comments from people with knowledge of the area. Planning to head North from La Paz as far as Loreto then back.

From reading so far:
-Late enough there should be no 'Northers.
-Early enough there should be no Tropical Storms.
-Coromuel winds in the evenings around La Paz are likely. Every night?
-Mostly West or Southwest winds would be expected throughout the days?

Thanks for your comments. Any other thoughts/suggestions about the area? We're really looking forward to this sail.

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Old 24-12-2011, 11:45   #2
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Re: Sea of Cortez Winds - Apr/May?

Perfecct time to be there. Not to hot, not too cold.
Enjoy !
Check out the V cove on the North end of Carmen Island.
It's just West of the NE point of the island.
White rock bluffs with caves you can dinghy into.
Good snorkling on a small reef and around the fringes.
Our favorite spot.

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Old 27-12-2011, 06:48   #3
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Re: Sea of Cortez Winds - Apr/May?

Best sailing we had the whole time we were in Mexico. My thoughts:

* Coromuels every night. As soon as the sun goes down. In the La Paz area, the best place we found to escape them was in the Balandra anchorage tucked way down in the southern end of the southern bight. You'll still get wind but you won't get the swell. Caleta Partida on the islands can sometimes be safe but we still got swell in there. All the other island anchorages (even Playa Bonanza) gets swell in the Coromuels.

* We found 10 to 15 knots of wind almost every day. If I remember correctly, it was out of the north.

* The northers were pretty well over by then.

* Favorite anchorage ever: Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante right across from Puerto Escondido. We tucked up into the northwest bight and laid to bow and stern anchors. Gin clear water. Beautiful snorkeling and spear fishing.

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Old 27-12-2011, 07:42   #4
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Re: Sea of Cortez Winds - Apr/May?

Best time for the SOC is after March or before Dec., otherwise it's a bit cool.Bay of L.A. at north end is the summer hideout for year round cruisers.In winter most sail down to Zihautanejo area where water is warm.The sea temp. in the SOC is the lowest I have seen for this time of year.We had to wait out a late norther at end of April,last spring.We will spend our first summer in sea this year because my upcoming back surgery has postponed my winter stay.Caleta Lobos,just south of Ballandra has better protection from all winds.
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