19 January 2017 | Port Escondido, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
It appears money was poured into this development, originally by the government so there is plenty of infrastructure here for small craft including a travellift, boat yard, laundry, fuel and a small marina (at $3US a foot a day which is around $3.70Au or $160Au/day for Monkey Fist it's a little steep). The maximum depth into the entrance channel is less than 4 metres so the size of vessel is restricted to small to medium pleasure craft. The problem is that this place is miles from anywhere which is most likely why the development stopped in it's tracks. It is situated around 13 miles out of the nearest town which is Loreto, and apart from the things I have already mentioned there is nothing else there (other than an expensive French restaurant without patrons). If you want to go into Loreto to buy gas (propane) or restock with food you can catch a taxi - for $100AU ($67US). You aren't allowed to anchor here because it's been declared a marine reserve so you have to take a mooring at $18 ($13US) per day. The price is the same whether it's for a day or a month. However it does include use of the showers/laundry and wifi. The wifi and phone reception are unreliable. However all of this though it doesn't disuade dozens of "cruising boats" from spending extended periods on moorings in the bay and forming a community, not our cup of tea but there is no denying that it is a very beautiful area.
For us the most interesting aspect of this stop was the magnificent Tobar Canyon, about a 4 km walk inland to the Sierra de La Giganta mountain range. We met up with Mike on Easy who had just returned from spending a couple of weeks in the US. The canyon reminded me of parts of outback Australia with it's rocky and rugged landscape broken (except for the cactus), there is a remarkable variety of rocks in the canyon and even the non-geologically minded can't help but be impressed.