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Sail Aboard the 45-foot Catamaran, El Mechudo, in the Sea of Cortez

By Emily Evans

Are you dreaming of a relaxing family vacation filled with sunshine and a tropical water adventure? There is no need to look further than La Paz. Board a chartered sailboat with a captain and chef who will serve as your naturalist guides while you explore the wonders of the Sea of Cortez in an intimate and flexible four-night trip.

Owned by Baja Expeditions, El Mechudo is available only to small groups. Together with your family and friends, you’ll snorkel and explore “the world’s aquarium” surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Isla Espiritu Santo. This uninhabited desert oasis lies just 15 miles north of La Paz and is home to a plethora of unique plant species and more than 950 species of tropical fish. You’ll have a chance to see green sea turtles, visit a colony of 400 sea lions where blue-footed boobies roost, and maybe even see a whale. Best of all, you can explore all of this wildlife from the comfort of your own floating hotel.

The Baja Expeditions team customizes an itinerary for each group of travelers that comes aboard. You can stop for special whale, dolphin, bird, turtle, sea lion, and other marine critter sightings; hike the geologic relics of Isla Espiritu Santo; paddle stand-up paddle boards and kayaks in protected waters; or snorkel with friendly sea lions, hundreds of tropical fish, and maybe even whale sharks. You can fish for your dinner (permit required), have happy hour with your friends, and enjoy sunsets that never seem to end within the protected bays of the isolated island.

The crew provides all meals (custom-planned according to guest preferences); drinks (sodas, juice, tea, wine, beer, and cocktails); activities to match all skill and interest levels; equipment for snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding; as well as fishing and diving gear, if requested.

Rates are $1,100 per adult in a group of eight, or $4,400 per family of four (without discount). Download the El Mechudo brochure to share with your friends, and enjoy a limited time 10 percent discount. Contact Baja Expeditions at to begin planning your ultimate cruise in Baja. Learn more at

Guests are welcome to stay onboard the night before and the night after their trip, or they can book a hotel in La Paz (not included). Travelers must arrange airfare through the international airports in Los Cabos (SJD) or La Paz (LAP). Transportation is not included in the rates above.

Have you sailed aboard El Mechudo or had another live-aboard experience in the Sea of Cortez? Share your comments here, or post a review in the La Paz directory.

Emily has worked with Baja Expeditions for the past four years. She studied Ocean and Coastal Resources and came to Baja as a marine science instructor with Ecology Project International and fell in love with Baja. She is happy to create custom itineraries for groups and families.  You can contact her at

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