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The Sea of Cortez spans more than 700 miles, but the typical Baja sailing itinerary concentrates on a much smaller area, starting from La Paz 137 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. The city of La Paz is itself a destination with varied attractions including museums, a performing arts theater, historic sites, numerous shops, and a delightful selection of small, intimate cafes and restaurants. Beyond the harbor is a hinterland of remote mountains and desert indented with snug coves and bays where the snorkeling is superb and the pristine white-sand beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. Deserted islands dot the waters and provide a habitat for rare species of plants and animals. Observing dolphins, whales, and manta rays is a common occurrence (January through April) while you're enjoying a leisurely sail in balmy fair winds.

Day 1: Ensenada Grande

La Paz to Celeta Lobos - 6.5 nm. The first day of your Baja itinerary takes you northward across Bahia de La Paz into the Sea of Cortez. It will feel as if you've stepped into another world as you leave the city behind. The land rises in hues of red desert and rugged mountains soar skyward. Caleta Lobos (Lobos Cove) is only a couple of hours away, leaving you plenty of time to relax when you get there. Head to Ensenada Grande, a popular anchorage with its turquoise waters, towering rocky cliffs and white sand beaches. Ashore you can hike, lounge on the beach or enjoy the waters and snorkel along the rocky shoreline.

Day 2: Isla Partida

Located just off the northwest tip of Isla Partida, rocky islets known as Los Islotes is famous for being one of the few places you can swim with sea lions in a natural setting. Moor dinghies at the national park's buoys on the northern and southern shores. Head to El Bajito for great diving with tropical fish or sail to nearby San Evaristo, a quaint fishing village, and spend the night in a well-protected anchorage.

Day 3: Isla San Francisco

Sail to Isla San Francisco, a popular anchorage in a crescent shaped bay fringed with white sand beaches, red rock cliffs and crystal clear waters. This picture-perfect cove offers sublime hiking, snorkeling, fishing and beaches. The large bay can accommodate plenty of boats and has a good holding ground..

Day 4: Amortajada, Isla San Jose

Make for Amortajada, on the southwestern tip of Isla San Jose. When you reach the anchorage, take your dinghy or kayak to explore the main lagoon by going through the mangroves. Take your binoculars to spot egrets and herons.

Day 5: Isla Espiritu Santo

Set off for Isla Espiritu Santo and its most beautiful beach within the bay Bahia San Gabriel. Head to the rocky western shore of Punta Prieta and the southern point of Ensenada de la Dispensa for fantastic snorkeling.

Day 6: Puerto Balandra

Make for Puerto Balandra with its eight unspoiled white sand beaches and inland salt lagoon with the "El Hongo" rock formation, also known as the mushroom. In the shimmering blue water you'll find an array of colorful fish and coral to delight swimmers and snorkelers.

Day 7: Back to Base

Head back to base by 10 am

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