Cruising Mexico’s Sea of Cortez in Baja

Last Updated: January 30, 2013 by
Categories: Mexico

Sunrise on the Sea of CortézThis corner of the world feels remote, and getting here from the Northeast United States requires a stress-free mindset. Baja, Calif., is in transition from being a vast wasteland to a jet-set-like resort getaway. It’s also the gateway to a unique, low-key cruise experience aboard the Safari Endeavour, an 86-guest yacht-style boat that sails the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), out of Baja’s capital city La Paz.

Baja is much bigger than it seems. It’s 1,100 miles long from the North at the California-Tijuana border to its tip at Cabo San Lucas, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, straddling the Tropic of Cancer.

Plane-loads of snowbirds land at Los Cabos Airport, met by hordes of transfer vans for the 30-mile ride to their resort villas and hotels on the ocean side of Baja, and 30 minutes eastward is the less chic town of San Jose del Cabo, situated on the Sea of Cortez, where ATV riders hugging the coastline look like characters out of a “Mad Max” movie dressed in helmets, goggles, and bandanas.

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