Wow, some crazy misinformation in this thread.
You'll never see 12' swells in the soc. You will see short square waves that come at short interval, and are really unpleasant, when wind and tide oppose each other.
A norther can blow for a few days, which on a short trip might be a problem. Ideally if you could spend your whole time on a boat, if a norther was blowing you can dine out in la paz, and if it's not you can go sailing.
There are plenty of anchorages that are very close together and offer protection from northers... if one comes up one afternoon, by the next morning you can typically relocate. Sure some blow for multiple days, but not all, not even most.
is gin clear, and warm compared to southern California
waters. Don't expect any shore life at any of the anchorages, there's Maggie's at Evaristo, but it's not what I would be going for. Go for the gin clear water, where you can watch your hook set in the white sand below the boat. You can sail at 3 knots because there's no swell. You also sleep good because there's no swell.
PV is horribly touristy, and if you anchor
out at La Cruz or Pta Mita you may have swell, but probably not in winter. You'd be hard pressed to get to Tenacatita and back in a week.
If you want bars at every anchorage you should go to the BVI's, not baja
. Once you get about half way up Espiritu Santos you won't even have cell service
anymore. The only social life will be with other boats in the anchorages. There will be lots of Canadians around. Fishing
is pretty much wiped out, you should eat your fish
tacos in La Paz.
We are currently in San Carlos
, MX. We were in La Paz off and on since winter 2015. We did Thanksgiving in La Paz, and Christmas
and New Years at San Evaristo. We were last in La Paz two months ago.
I'd post some pics but our internet
is intermittent, I'll probably spend at least 5-10 minutes trying to get this to post.
A lot of the northers aren't that bad, we were able to beat to weather in them a few times. A lot of them are 15-20 kts, as long as you get out at the beginning of a blow you're fine. If it's a 3 day blow you won't want to be going north on day 2 or 3, the SoC will have those short square waves. But they are typically gone 12 hours after the wind stops blowing. Of course, if you're as far north as you want to be, then you'll welcome a norther to blow you back to la paz!
As we sit here stewing in our sweat in the 75% humidity of San Carlos
, we can't wait until the northers start to blow and we can ride them back to La Paz! We're hoping Bay of LA will give us a little break on the humidity scale.
If you wait until spring, you might have to deal with Corumels, a south wind that blows right into all those anchorages with great north protection. Also more bo-bo's in spring, little gnats that try to land on your eyeballs, nose, ears, and mouth. Annoying as hell.
Better sign off, the wind is picking up, we're in for a blow.