The Sea of Cortez offers the most diverse collection of marine life in the world ready for you to explore on a private yacht charter. Snorkel amongst the reefs, dive amongst the turtles and dolphins, marvel at the giant manta rays as they ‘fly’ out of the water. Watch from the deck as blue whales breach next to the yacht and Californian sea lions show off in front of you.
This is an example of an eight day luxury yacht charter itinerary in the Sea of Cortez. Itineraries are created individually for every client based around personal preferences and how you want to spend your time onboard.
Enjoy a welcome cocktail and delicious lunch on board before exploring this charming city. Visit the Nuestra Senora de La Paz cathedral before heading to the Whale Museum to learn about their habits and evolution. Learn about this area’s culture and history at the Natural History Museum. Saunter along the waterfront and admire the many statues along the way – the beautiful bronze Dove of Peace, the giant clam shell and its silver pearl, the Queen of the Sea, dolphins, whales and manta rays culminating in a bronze of Jacques Cousteau - perfect for a selfie.
Enjoy your first breakfast on board as the yacht takes a short cruise to this stunning location. The dune backed beach of Balandra sweeps round a wide bay shallow enough to wade across. Take the kayaks or paddleboards to skim over the surface to other small coves. Explore the mangroves rich with wildlife or hike up the red rock hills. Another selfie moment beckons with El Hongo – a mushroom shaped rock at the end of the bay – which is the emblem of the area. Have a picnic lunch in one of the small coves and snooze away the afternoon. Enjoy the golden sunset before a delicious dinner on board.
Isla San Francisco
Sea Stars & Urchins
Gaze out at your surroundings as the yacht cruises further north – look out for manta rays, dolphins – maybe the odd passing whale. Try your hand at some deep sea fishing en route – your chef will be happy to prepare your catch for dinner. Head ashore at Isla San Francisco and hike up the narrow ridge which divides this tiny island; take some snaps of your fellow charterers kayaking in the calm waters below. The shallow waters are ideal for snorkelling amongst giant blue damselfish, beautiful sea stars and flower urchins. Watch the sunset whilst enjoying a margarita before your beach barbeque.
Isla San Jose
Salt and Sand
Give your breakfast orders to the onboard chef as the charter yacht relocates to the next stop. San José is an island of stark contrasts - beautiful sandy bays, green mangroves and rocky scrubland with cacti-studded desert; the expanse of salt flats hidden by ochre coloured cliffs. Climb up the cliffs for an Instagram-worthy view. Explore the mangroves by small tender or kayak. Take selfies with the giant Saguaro cacti or swim in the naturally protected bay. Watch the Blue Footed Boobies formation dive for their lunch – listen for the whistle which signals the plunge into the sea. Enjoy this perfect example of a diverse ecosystem. After dinner relax in the jacuzzi and gaze into the night sky glittering with stars.
Isla Partida and Los Islotes
Up Close and Personal with Sea Lions
Ensure that your cameras/GoPro’s are fully charged as you ready yourself to meet the inhabitants of Los Islotes, home to a colony of Californian sea lions. Film these bright, friendly creatures as they show off and frolic right in front of you. It may even be possible to snorkel with them and their pups. On Isla Partida dive amongst the rocks teeming with colourful angel fish or rainbow wrasse. Soak up the sun on Ensenada Grande - voted one of the best beaches in Mexico - or paddleboard around the many peninsulas that make up this islet. Climb up to the cliff tops and marvel at the myriad shades of blue and greens stretching out around you. Share your photos and adventures over another delicious dinner on board.
Isla Espiritu Santo
A Pearl of a Place
Once a pearl farming centre, this island is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The cliffs are striped with tan sandstone, red volcanic rock and black basalt making a stunning backdrop to the beautiful sandy bays. Dive right in amongst tropical fish and marine animals such as turtles, dolphins and giant manta rays. Kayak around the many secluded coves and reserve your spot for a picnic lunch. Hike up the hills and watch black fregate birds fishing for their supper. Have a go at landing a yellowfish tuna to score many envious ‘likes’ on Instagram or simply relax on board with a good book and your attentive yacht crew. After dinner listen to a playlist of Latin American music compiled by your crew and try a bit of samba or cha-cha-cha under the stars.
Have a lazy breakfast as you enjoy your final cruise back to La Paz. Head ashore to explore the shopping opportunities to find your souvenirs and gifts for folks back home. Visit the Casa Parra Gallery for native Mexican arts and crafts and locally made jewellery. Spend the day at the Espiritu Spa in the Costabaja Resort for a bit of pampering or play a round of golf at the El Cortes Gary Player Signature Golf Club. Round off your day sampling the many cocktail bars along the Malecon and be entertained by a mariachi band over dinner.
Manuel Marquez De Leon International Airport
Despedida – Farewell
After a late breakfast, say a fond farewell and take your final photos with your charter crew before going to the airport for your onward journey.