puerto refugio

Good Nautical: Puerto Refugio in the Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Good Nautical: Puerto Refugio

in the Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico

29ยฐ 32.3883' Nย  113ยฐ 33.5799' W

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Isla Angel de la Guardia

Many say that in the Sea of Cortez you can be where the desert meets the sea.ย  This is truly the case in Puerto Refugio.

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Puerto Refugio has many lobes to explore on and off the water
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Where the desert meets the Sea
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Sunset in Puerto Refugio

Puerto Refugio is a small cove within the wide bay at the northern tip of Isla Angel de la Guarda. Isla Granito, the 1km long skinny island lying at the entrance to the bay, blocks some of the northerly swell but the anchorage is still very rolly when a norther is blowing. The western cove is very well protected from all other directions.ย  In the summer months this bay is a calm place to anchor and spend time exploring.ย  There is a sea lion rookery and a pelican rookery in different parts of the bay.ย  Many people will visit this bay as their last stop on the way to Puerto Penasco.

Anchorage

Rocks extend from the western point towards the boney finger of rock that juts out from the south side of the cove. Anchor in the northwest corner of the bay in 4.5m on a sandy bottom. The southern part of the bay is scattered with rocks and islets and a lookout on the bow is recommended if trying to enter this part of the cove. Dinghy ashore to the beach and be careful when landing if waves are breaking.

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Visit this Islet to see sea lion rookery
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Expansive desert surrounded by the Sea.ย  3 sailboats anchored on the right with plenty of room to swing.

Photos taken in July and contributed by SV ARROWย and crew

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 29ยฐ 32.3883' N 113ยฐ 33.5799' W

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SEA OF CORTEZ

CABO SAN LUCAS TO PUERTO PEร‘ASCO ~ 700ย  nm

  • Cabo San Lucas to Los Frailes 41.8 nm
  • Los Frailes to Bahia de los Muertos 43.9 nm
  • Bahia de los Muertos to La Paz 52 nm
  • La Paz to Bahรญa de San Gabriel Cove 17.8 nm
  • San Gabriel Cove to Caleta Partida 11 nm
  • Caleta Partida to Isla San Francisco 21 nm
  • Isla San Francisco to Bahia Evaristo 9.8 nm
  • Evaristo to Aqua Verde 42 nm
  • Aqua Verde to Puerto Escondido 23 nm
  • Puerto Escondido to Loreto 14 nm
  • Loreto to Caleta de San Juanico 23.4 nm
  • Caleta de San Juanico to Bahia Concepcion 43 nm
  • Bahia Concepcion to Santa Rosalia 48.9 nm
  • Santa Rosalia to Bahia San Francisquito 79 nm
  • Bahia San Francisquito to Bahia las Animas 32.2 nm
  • Bahia las Animas to Bahia los Angeles 19.8 nm
  • Bahia Los Angeles to Bahia Refugio 42.1 nm
  • Bahia Refugio to Puerto Penasco 107.2 nm

Seafarers typically move quickly from Cabo or San Jose de Cabo and head for La Paz, a magnetic cruising port and epicenter of the lower sea of Cortes for provisions, culture and food. The next sizable city on the Baja side is Loreto close to 150 miles north, with some of the most spectacular cruising spread out between. From Santa Rosalia north to the Bahia de Los Angeles area vistas and locations gets more remote and you tend to see less cruising yachts. In the northern sea Puerto Peรฑasco is a cruiser friendly spot to put up and haul out with most work done by cruisers themselves. The proximity to Arizona / US Border for parts makes this a very popular place to haul out.

Weather in the Sea of Cortes is very much seasonal.

The prime seasons for exploring this area under sailย  is from late Octย  to Decย  ( Fall ) and Apr to Jun ( Spring )

Jan – Mar suffer from strong Northerners๐Ÿ’จ, cold and sometimes gale force winds of 30+ knots that originate in winter high pressure in the southwestern US, and blow the full length of the Sea, kicking up some serious short period square wind waves and swell. They can blow for 2-4 days, with short periods of lovely cool weather in between.

Jul – Oct ย  is the Hurricane Season ๐ŸŒ€ with intense heat and humidity of summer. Summer SE/Tropical Storm Season – hot and humid

There is a general rule of following the water temperature when cruising in the sea. Too cold ? Head south – Too warm ? Head north !

LA PAZ

LORETO

Puerto Peรฑascoย 

CABO SAN LUCAS TO PUERTO PEร‘ASCO ~ 700ย  nm

Cabo San Lucas to Los Frailes NM 41.8

Cabo San Lucas to Los Frailes 41.8 nm

Los Frailes to Bahia de los Muertos 43.9 nm

Los Frailes to Bahia de los Muertos 43.9 nm

Bahia de los Muertos to La Paz 52 nm

Bahia de los Muertos to La Paz 52 nm

La Paz to Bahรญa de San Gabriel Cove 17.8 nm

La Paz to Bahรญa de San Gabriel Cove 17.8 nm

San Gabriel Cove to Caleta Partida 11 nm

San Gabriel Cove to Caleta Partida 11 nm

Caleta Partida to Isla San Francisco 21 nm

Caleta Partida to Isla San Francisco 21 nm

Isla San Francisco to Bahia Evaristo 9.8 nm

Isla San Francisco to Bahia Evaristo 9.8 nm

Bahia Evaristo to Aqua Verde 42 nm

Evaristo to Aqua Verde 42 nm

Aqua Verde to Puerto Escondido 24 nm

Aqua Verde to Puerto Escondido 23 nm


Puerto Escondido to Loreto 14 nm

Puerto Escondido to Loreto 14 nm

Loreto to Caleta de San Juanico 22 nm

Loreto to Caleta de San Juanico 23.4 nm


Caleta de San Juanico to Bahia Concepcion 43 nm

Caleta de San Juanico to Bahia Concepcion 43 nm

Bahia Concepcion to Santa Rosalia 48.9 nm

Bahia Concepcion to Santa Rosalia 48.9 nm


Santa Rosalia to Bahia San Francisquito 79 nm

Santa Rosalia to Bahia San Francisquito 79 nm

Bahia San Francisquito to Bahia las Animas 32.2 nm

Bahia San Francisquito to Bahia las Animas 32.2 nm

Bahia las Animas to Bahia los Angeles 19.8 nm

Bahia las Animas to Bahia los Angeles 19.8 nm

Bahia Los Angeles to Bahia Refugio 42.1 nm

Bahia Los Angeles to Bahia Refugio 42.1 nm


Bahia Refugio to Puerto Penasco 107.2 nm

Bahia Refugio to Puerto Penasco 107.2 nm