We took a little road trip from January 13th to 16th, 2005 to explore the areas that we thought we might like to sail to. We rented a small Nissan Tsuru and headed north. The speed limit is 80 km/h on most of the highway but we often went significantly below that!!
The roads have no shoulders and were often washed out on the edges. Most Mexicans drive down the centre of the highway so it can be very nerve racking when you meet someone on the road! Part of the road is inland away from the sea. It is quite arid with lots of cacti.
We saw lots of little bays and islands that we can explore on our boat but not many with any facilities such as a marina with showers, beer and diesel!
The first night we stayed at Loreto, the oldest permanent Spanish settlement in the Californias.
This is the Mission in Loreto founded by the Jesuits in 1697. It was the first mission in Baja and was the source of all the future missions, even into the USA.
We have had several lessons on how NOT to anchor in the La Paz harbour.
The first is a boat that didn’t survive the last hurricane. Not exactly the view you were hoping for when you come back to your boat for another season of sailing!
But the other boat was simply anchored too close to shore and was high centered. Operator error!
We sailed into La Paz on January 1, 2005 and took up residence at Marina de La Paz for the month of January. It is close to the centre of the city so it is easy to explore all La Paz has to offer.
La Paz is a traditional Spanish city with a wonderful malecon along the waterfront. It is 2.7 km long with several statues and rest areas. We loved to walk the malecon every day or night and enjoy the statues and ice cream… Our favourite statue was the one of the boy in the boat!
The Current Temperature in La Paz is:
Happy New Year everyone!
On December 30th we sailed to Bahia de Los Muertos (the Bay of the Dead) another 45 miles closer to La Paz. Again, it is another pretty cove with the “Giggling Marlin” restaurant where we spent our New Years.
We had an early dinner and were in bed by 8 pm as we had to get up at 3:30 am to have the tides right for our trip into La Paz. We had a nice sail and enjoyed the sunrise along the way.
On December 28th we left Cabo San Lucas to sail to La Paz, 148 miles away. We had planned to do an overnight so that we could spend New Years Eve in La Paz. But the wind was from the north, right on our nose, so we decided to stop at Cabo los Frailes (Cape of the Friars) only 45 miles from Cabo.
It was a pleasant cove that we explored with a nice diving resort (translation: restaurant with cold beer!). We enjoyed walking along the beach and watching the pelicans.