Full-Ship Charter on the Sea of Cortez
Seaward and her crew, plus a maximum of 12 passengers - yours to enjoy sailing the coast of Baja California.
La Paz, Baja California, Mexico
La Paz was first inhabited by Neolithic hunter-gatherers more than 10,000 years ago. They left their traces in the rock paintings near the city and throughout the Baja peninsula. The Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés arrived in the bay in 1535. He established and then abandoned a colony here. In 1596 Sebastián Vizcaíno arrived, naming the area La Paz.
La Paz's climate is typically dry, warm and sunny with a year around average temperature between 75F-77F. La Paz averages over 300 days of sunshine annually. Breezes from Bahía de La Paz keep the temperature mild. The bay acts as a barrier to seasonal storms in the Sea of Cortez. Rainfall is minimal, despite the occasional heavy rains.
La Paz enjoys one of the highest standards of living in Mexico, with average wages in the range of $27 per day, versus minimum wages in Mexico overall of $4.25 per day. Industries in the area include silver mining, agriculture, fishing and pearls. Tourism is also an important source of employment.
Eco-tourism is the major source of tourism income in La Paz. Visitors come to enjoy La Paz's marine wonders, its diverse terrestrial species unique to the region. There are roughly 900 islands and inlets in the Gulf of California, with a quarter of them under United Nations protection as World Heritage Bio-Reserves. The islands of the Isla Espíritu Santo group, bordering the south eastern portion of the Bay of La Paz, are considered the crown jewels of the Gulf. This is the primary tourist destination in the area. The diving, snorkeling, and kayaking here are considered second to none. Yachting folk love La Paz for its several marinas, boatyards, marine supply stores, and organized boating activities. The waters around La Paz offer adventure for both novice and experienced cruisers.
Sailing coastal Mexico and the Sea of Cortez
explore the bays and islands, beaches and villages of Mexico's spectacular coast. You'll learn the ways of the sea from professional mariners, discover abundant marine life, dine on fresh and delicious meals, and enjoy the true beauty of Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, or Cabo, as it is known, is at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the second-largest city in Baja California Sur, after La Paz.
Cabo is known for its lovely, sandy beaches; several world-class Scuba diving sites; and the distinctive sea arch, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.
The first humans are believed to have come to the southern end of the peninsula 1,400 years ago. When the first Europeans arrived, they encountered nomadic groups of natives subsisting on a diet consisting of fruit, seeds, roots, and shellfish, as well as hunting and fishing. They lived a Neolithic lifestyle, without metals. A fishing village grew in the area in the early 1900's when an American company founded Compañía de Productos Marinos S.A. to catch and can tuna. This tuna plant was the beginning of development at Cabo San Lucas. Cabo's warm waters, the beauty of its beaches, and the abundance of sport fish motivate many Americans and Mexicans to spend their vacations here.