Here is my response to a PM that someone sent me regarding SQ
I would be happy to help.
I am going to attach a picture of San Quintin and I'll tell you about it as we go. Please only take these as estimates. I do not have mt GPS
coordinates with me so can't be specific. Also do
heed the warnings of the cruising guides
: the channel entrance has the potential to shift big time, so be very careful if you decide to enter the estuary. In order to get to the upper estuary all of the locals say you really need a guide to show you the channel.
You can also see more pictures of the trip on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=38616&id=1579148817
I think maybe a third of them are of San Quintin, please forgive the fact that they are missing labels.
The points of interest are as follows:
1)Isla San Martin: Colleta Hasler Harbor, we found very poor holding in sand and gravel and some very destitute fishermen living in shacks along the beach. Judging by the skulls and bones lying around the Island it looked like they were poaching from the seal rookery on the South Side.
2)This is one of the anchorages that the cruising guide recommended but that we found would have been a bit swelly.
There is a hotel
here that looks very run down from the outside but upon entrance becomes a veritable palace, with trickling fountains and cherubic kids
running around. It was cheap
too and had wifi
but all I got to do was make one lousy phone
call after walking down the entire isthmus of beach between there and...
5.)our anchorage that we found after picking our way gently through the channel. We found very good holding in mud and sand and endured 3 days of a shifting two knot
currents and 15 knot
4.)This is the other anchorage that the cruising guide recommended which sits outside of the breakers on a windswept beach, I can't imagine taking any kind of dingy through these breakers.
6.)A place where some other boats were anchored which may have been more out of the wind
but which we found a tad crowded.
7.)Is where, if you had some local knowledge, a guide, or the patience to sound out the channel, you could have yourself a very good Western Baja all weather anchorage. On the little point on which the number 7 rests is a hotel
where you can get a hot brackish shower
for $5 US, stock up on some limited provisions at a market, and use some wifi
, heck you could even stay there.
San Quintin is a very cool place with more wildlife than you can shake a stick at (forgive the expression), and a lonely barren feel. I highly recommend stopping off here.
I think that is it let me know if you have any more questions.