+1 for someone enjoying La Paz and the sailing in the area.
My wife and I finished our ASA Bareboat
and Catamaran classes
on a week long trip on a Lagoon 440
from there. Really nice couple that spends a lot of time in La Paz on their boat down there. I think it was roughly 7-8 months a year there, 4-5 months a year in the Seattle
area on a different boat.
Our trip was mid November 2015 and we did have some boisterous wind
. The second day we stayed at anchorage protected and watched the 'buffaloes' dancing in the open water
. (35+ knot
winds) The next day we motored to another protected location against the 30-35 knot
winds, but it really wasn't a big deal and everyone on the boat was having a great time and laughing. Of course the Lagoon 440
was probably more enjoyable to ride out there than a 32 foot mono would have been - but then I don't really know because I don't have both experiences.
The distance between protected anchorages
can be pretty minimal if you need them to be and it seemed the winds were quite predictable since they did certainly dominate coming from the NW if I remember right.
We had some great sailing with 20-25 knot winds a couple days and 15-20 knot winds a couple others. So other than the day and a half of 35+ knots that all seemed quite nice. Of course it will greatly depend on your boat, guests, experience and comfort level. On the other hand, doing man-overboard drills and tacking and jibing on a 44' catamaran
in 20-25 knot winds were great conditions to learn in.
Being from Oregon
I found the water
a very pleasant temperature and the outside air temperatures were nice and warm without being too hot. We also appreciated the isolation and found beauty in the deserted feel pretty much everywhere we went. Certainly in a week long trip from La Paz and back you likely won't run into much 'civilization' out there other than what you bring along. So if an evening at a bar on land is your thing, I didn't have that experience and couldn't have if we wanted. Well, unless you count other boats. We were in a flotilla of three cats. We just brought the bar with us.
We flew into San Jose Del Cabo and rented a car. Drove to Cabo San Lucas and spent one night there at a cute little Bed
and Breakfast a close walk to the Marina. Then drove to La Paz. At the end of our sailing we spent two nights in La Paz at a nice hotel
and really enjoyed the whole La Paz area. Then drove back the other way (through the mountains) back to SJD and flew home.
La Paz is definitely on our list of places to visit again, though we would probably skip SJD and Cabo San Lucas unless we head
down by boat some day. We do tend to like a couple lively nights on the town per roughly 4 days of tranquility. Too much of either one without the other can get old. Must have balance, Danielson...
In the images
, the one off the back of the boat was the worst day out and we chose to go out and actually had fun. But we knew what we were in for and had a short (1-2 hour?) hop to the next protected anchorage which made it totally reasonable.
Oh - and no phone
coverage to speak of for us, which really was a bonus.
-Isla San Francisco
-Isla San Jose
-Bahi San Gabriel