Dipping a toe in both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, we have just returned from an epic two week adventure sailing/camping holiday in southern Baja California in Mexico. My wife and I plus my daughter of 6 yrs old , and my son who is 4, flew from Madrid to Mexico City and then to La Paz the following morning on a great value return ticket price of 2,011 eu including 2X hold luggage bags with Aeromexico.
We spent one night at the Hilton Hotel inside Terminal 1 of Mexico City airport. It was jolly handy and great to freshen up. We were all up for our early morning flight. It’s only a 2.5 hrs flight from Mexico City to La Paz, Baja. We rode the wave of sunrise that morning until we could see the spectacular rugged mountains and fields of indigenous cacti as we made our approach to La Paz. We touched down bright and early just after 7 am, a day after leaving home.
We were met at the airport by Mike Madlock from Gobaja Sailing and he immediately set us up with his spare pick up truck so we had something to run around in while we got our bearings around the bustling town of La Paz. We needed a good square meal!
We had the day to settled into the boat , a 30ft Catalina and did some fishing off the dock. Mike could not have been more hospitable and invited us up to his place where we stayed the night in comfortable lodgings.
The forecast for the week looked great and we had a thorough pre-departure briefing in the morning with one of Mike’s skippers. We were off and out of the channel and had a couple of hours of blissful sailing before anchoring up at Playa Pichilingu by the late afternoon, which was enough time for a bit of early evening beach combing. We had the most delicious dinner of seafood soup, home made fish fingers and crispy chips, fish and clam tacos, at the little restaurant on the beach called Luna Bruja, so we didn’t have to cook and could stretch our provisions.
In all we had an idylic 5 nights on the Catalina 30 live aboard, followed by 4 days in the camper van. We found perfect little bays in the nature reserve of Espirito Santo a short mornings sail from La Paz, We saw humpback whales, sea lion colonies, dive bombing pelican sanctuaries, and dolphins. We caught a nice fish with some squid that we kept on a block of ice in the cooler/fridge, along with a few cold beers and and meals of meat and veggies, milk and eggs and bread, plenty of avocados, tomatoes and fruit. We had plenty of fresh drinking water provided onboard. The gas BBQ mounted on the stern came in handy and we strung up a bed sheet for a midday awning. The galley and stove were ideal, the head and fresh water working, bunks, fresh bedding and towels for us all. We were careful with water and didn’t run out or have to worry about fuel.
If you are in any way unsure of your boating skills I’d recommend going out with one on Mike’s competent skippers/instructors, at least for the first time anyway.
The following 3 nights we rented Mikes Roadtrek Camper Van to see grey whales on the Pacific Coast, beach camping in La Ventana, Kite surfing capitol of Baja, plus camping in a beautiful campground in the mountains Rancho Verde RV Haven. on the way to Los Barriles.
Last stop in Baja was 3 nights in The Posada del Molino a small Spanish Colonial style hotel ideally located in the historical district and magical town of Todos Santos.
On our return we had a few hours to transit in Mexico City before our overnight flight back to Madrid and took the opportunity to jump in a cab and check out the Central zocalo in Mexico City, before our overnight flight.
Special thanks to Mike and his team from Gobajasailing.com who could not have been more helpful. We have had the best possible adventure holiday that will be hard to beat. We all loved it!