March 2007


Yachting The Waters Of The Sea Of Cortez

By Alejandra Gómez

With the sails billowing above you, the wind singing in the rigging, and the boat creaking gently as it cuts through the swells, set sail for an adventure in the beautiful waters of the Sea of Cortez. 

Located 60 miles south of the U.S. border, Puerto Peñasco is the perfect seaside destination for those who like water activities, especially yachting.

Pristine waters and colorful skies when the sun kisses the edge of the horizon are the backdrop when you enjoy cruising the waters of Sandy Beach on your yacht!

Yachting Requires Skills

Yachting can be a lot of fun, varying from a trip to the other side of the bay or across the oceans. To have a safe cruise across long distances, a high degree of self-sufficiency and a wide range of skills beyond just handling the boat are required.

Knowledge of navigation, meteorology, mechanical and electrical systems, radio, first aid, sea survival, nutrition and more are needed and can be lifesaving when cruising to distant shores.

Cruisers need to take all possible precautions.

Slips, Anchorages Planned

During the last couple of years, Puerto Peñasco’s affluence of tourism has improved significantly, which has created the need for the port to grow rapidly in its facilities in order to provide better services.

However, in spite of the development, the “Old Port” still has only a relatively small marina with no more than 20 slips and limited anchorages outside the harbor.

Aware of these needs, Sandy Beach Resorts has been planning the perfect solution, now breaking ground on what will be the major nautical tourism destination for those who want to go yachting in the north of Mexico.

The projects will have an exterior commercial marina with more than 440 slips, a service plaza and a cruise-line docking area; an internal commercial marina with 220 slips controlled via lock systems — not to mention a large and small craft marina with residential lots and slips for sailing vessels.

Nautical Ladder

In addition, the fast-growing project of the Sea of Cortez, also referred to as the “nautical ladder,” is adding yet another great opportunity for tourism.

With an infrastructure of more than 3 million dollars and a capacity for more than 37 boats, Puerto Peñasco has been added to the other six nautical stops.

Now Guaymas, Puerto Peñasco, La Paz, Puerto Escondido, Santa Rosalia, San Felipe, and San Blas are united into the nautical ladder around the Gulf of California. Soon other locations such as Loreto Bay and other quaint seashore villages will be added.

So, it’s a good time — and getting to be an even better time — to come sail the beautiful waters of the Sea of Cortez.