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Does anyone have suggestions for anchorages that provide protection from the December winds in the Sea of Cortez between Loreto and Santa Rosalia? We should have a week and half to explore the baja coast in this zone. We a likely just wanting to focus on a couple of places as I want to ensure the best possible time for my new to cruising family.

We are a little reluctant to go to Bahia conception because we have heard there are quite a few people with the road and rvs and possible coliform issues in the water, unless someone has different information.

My goal is to find a couple of very calm anchorages for comfortable live aboard time with access to a good beach and exploring for our two boys 3 and 6 years old.
 

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Hola GreatWhite!

I was hoping to explore that side of the Baja this winter but those plans are on hold now until next winter. These are a couple of interesting places I researched and can provide more info if you haven't departed yet and are interested.

East from Loreto -Isla Carmen, Bahia Salinas, located on the NE side of the island, offers wind protection from the west, north and east. Good anchorage in depth of 10m, sand over heavy mud with excellent holding ground, 25 59.675'N, 111 06.573'W. Watch out for the fishing boat wreck in the center of the bay, 25 59.400'N, 111 06.355'W. An abandoned settlement is located on the beach along with a disused pier and offers lots of hiking and exploring potential.
-Isla Carmen, Punta Perico South located 2.5 miles east of Bahia Salinas, offers good north wind and wave protection. Good anchorage in 6-10m of depth with sand bottom, 25 58.264'N, 111 04.590'W. Good snorkeling and diving at the rocky point.

If the wind kicks up from the south you'll find protection just around the point of Punta Perico ( give those rocks on the point a wide berth) at Bahia Cobre 25 58.916'N, 111 04.120W or Painted Cliffs 25 59.802'N, 111 06.573'W.

North from Loreto, try- Isla Coronados (6 miles) with north wind protection from the volcanic cone. Guide book lists good anchoring in sand with depths of 14'-27', 26 06.274'N, 111 16.443'W. Spot is listed as beautiful white sand beaches, wonderful snorkeling, fishing and hiking.
-11 miles NW of Isla Coronados, Punta Mangles, anchorage west of the point and south of the indent on the north shore in 2-5 fathoms, 26 16.774'N, 111 23.357'W. Shoreline is shoal and rocky, watch your depths as you approach, waves and swell can wrap around the point. Spectacular spot to view the cliffs and sea caves (north around the point via dingy). Lots of seashells and exploring due to the green mangroves and abandoned resort. Stay clear of Mangles Rock, 26 14.673'N, 111 22.161'W (small tip visible at low tide, covered at high tide).

Caleta San Juanico, Punta Pulpito, Bahia San Sebastian (tricky approach), Bahia Concepcion, Isla Requeson, Punta Chivato and Isla San Marcos lie north from these and have varying degrees of north wind protection. Let me know if you need more info.

Have a great trip and safe voyage!
Rick
 
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