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 Posted: Fri Dec 16th, 2016 10:57 pm
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I'm looking for towns/islands/destinations either on Baja or the mainland within 1-2 days sail.  Interested in scenery, snorkeling, or just towns with anchorage/moorage to visit towns within reach.  Will be sailing right after New Year's.  Also, any tips on sailing in the Gulf, and reference info.thanks in advance

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Do you only have 2 days or are you looking for places that are within 2 days sails?

Here is a good guide.
Sea of Cortez A Cruiser's Guidebook
by Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer

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I have 7-8 days, and would like to visit several spots, without going as far south as Los Cabos.

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I'm not a sailboater but only having 7-8 days, and being in a sailboat, is tough. Especially since the prevailing winds at this time of year can blow for a few days in a row and not allow you to move. Even only going as far south as Loreto would be a challenge;  never mind Cabo.
I guess my tip on sailing in the Gulf is be prepared for winds to 20 kts (or more) and seas from 4-6 feet at 5 sec intervals. Or at least know when these are predicted and hunker down.
Are you in a daysailer or something bigger? Have you ever sailed down here, in the winter?
I think the only real options are Santa Rosalia and Bahia Concepcion (with a land-based side trip to Mulege, no safe anchorage at Mulege proper). The book above covers these areas well enough. If you got both of those in in seven days, you'd be doing well.
There are no islands with safe anchorages on this side, unless you want to go up by Kino, which I dont recommend. Too far, and the comfortable anchorages (around Isla Tiburon) are too far removed from Kino. Kino is not much, anyway.
There are a couple of protected anchorages on the mainland shore, north of San Carlos, but they have no real attractions to visit while anchored. They are just nice, remote anchorages. One is Ensenada Grande at about 13 miles from Punta Doble and one is Julio Villa at about 26 miles. There are others north of here, but none as well protected if the wind conditions described above, occur.
I guess I am overlooking sailing around to Guaymas and staying in there. A bit of trouble for a town you could drive to in about 20 minutes, IMO. But it has safe anchorages and a marina. 
Suggest you contact the Tucson Sailing Club and talk to some members about doing more than daysailing around here. Some of them must have gone on longer jaunts down here. The wind can be dangerous.

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That is not a lot of time. If I had to be back at work on the 9th day I would do the places around San Carlo. if you have not see this thread it hit most of the sites. http://forum.sancarlosmexico.com/forum4/12696.html

In winter The sea has northern storms that can last 5 or more days but most of the time only 3 days, you would not want to cross the sea in one.

The most south across the sea I could do is Loreto/Puerto Escondido, but there would not be a lot of swimming or site seeing in a trip that far south.

If it was me and I had to sail across the sea, I'd shoot for Bahia Concepcion. I could spend 3 night there in a different spot each night, maybe get a ride into Mulege. I would then start working my way back,
Punta Chivato
Santa Rossalia
Isla San Marcos

I would do night crossings coming and going.

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Yeah, what Steve says. Many sailboaters cross at night, under power. Best chance of calm seas. You would have some moon, during your time period.

You are prepared to snorkel in 60F water, I hope.

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I'll be in a 36 foot sailboat with diesel engine.

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Yesterday and last night, we are experiencing the thickest, longest-lasting fog I can remember in my nine years here. Very unusual, for these parts.

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Seems like the weather might dictate your agenda. Sometimes you can make a pleasant crossing and then wait a week for decent weather to return. I think the agenda in post #5 would be a good one and interesting but you might get beat up coming or going.

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Bahia San Pedro is a good first night stop, easily spend a day or two there relaxing and exploring. Then on up to La Cocina (the kitchens. Be careful of Serimeurto if there is a sea coming in from the south, the waves funnel in, not good in that case. On the way back do a lap around Isla San Pedro. That should take you a week. Otherwise, if the winds are good, up to Santa Rosalia, down to Punta Chivato, then back home. Really recommend you get Shawn and Heather's book. You won't regret it.

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Just to clarify, Ensenada Grande and Bahia San Pedro are the same bay.

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