The Cruise of Mariposa

24 November 2009 | Fondeadero San Carlos, Baja California Norte, Mexico
20 November 2009 | Turtle Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 November 2009 | Bahia Asuncion, Baja California Sur, Mexico
18 November 2009 | Punta Abreojos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
02 November 2009 | Bahia los Frailes, Baja California Sur, Mexico
01 November 2009 | Ensenada de los Muertos, Baja California Sur
30 October 2009 | Playa Pichilingue, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 October 2009 | La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
16 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
04 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
03 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
09 July 2009 | Puerto Los Gato, Baja California Sur, Mexico
07 July 2009 | San Evaristo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
04 July 2009 | Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 June 2009 | Southern Baja
22 June 2009 | Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
19 June 2009 | La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 June 2009 | Puerto Ballandra, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Ensenada Grande

04 July 2009 | Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Eric/Warm with evening Coromuel winds
Ensenada Grande was our first stop in the well-known islands of Isla Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida just to the northeast of the bay of La Paz. Charter sailboats and powerboats-not to mention long-distance cruisers such as we-frequent the many beautiful coves and bays here. There is hiking and snorkeling and kayaking to be done, and sportfishing offshore.

The two islands run north-south and are separated from one another by a collapsed volcanic cone, now flooded, that has created a large oval bay accessible to the west. Ensenada Grande is a large inlet just to the north of this bay, offering various corners to anchor in, amidst steep sandstone cliffs with deep canyons ending in lovely yellow-sand beaches. Osprey haunt the tops of the cacti and the turquoise-blue water glows with phosphorescence at night.

It was mayhem when we entered Ensenada Grande to anchor. We counted seventeen other boats there, mostly powerboats with music blasting and dinghies racing to and fro. But during the night a good, stiff Coromuel came up, blowing twenty knots off the cliff sides. Nobody dragged, but it wasn't entirely comfortable and by late morning almost everyone had left; in the afternoon we had the bay to ourselves.

These islands are a stunning introduction to the beauty of the Sea of Cortez, and with the exception of the Coromuels would be an ideal cruising ground for a week or two. We spent a couple of days in Ensenads Grande before moving on to the north, but we wanted to make sure to come back on our way south again to explore the islands further.
Comments
Vessel Name: Mariposa
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Ta Shing Baba 30
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Sarka & Eric
About: Sarka and Eric are on a 12-18 month trip to Mexico and the South Pacific.
Mariposa's Photos - Main
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Who: Sarka & Eric
Port: San Francisco, CA