WCM has two charter bases strategically placed near the north and south end of what many consider to be the finest 150 mile stretch of cruising available in North America, if not the world. You can begin and end your charter at either location, taking time to explore the islands, nooks and crannies of this amazing area.
In general the FP Helia 44 is based out of the Loreto/Puerto Escondido location, while the FP Saba 50 most often calls La Paz home. The prices are the same regardless of location, with a small additional delivery fee if the cat must be moved between bases for you to begin your charter.
Learn more about our two bases by selecting below:
About two-thirds of the way down the Sea of Cortez, on Mexico’s famed Baja Peninsula, sit Loreto and Puerto Escondido. Backed by the stunning Sierra de la Giganta range to the west and a spread of islands and dazzling blue waters to the east, this area boasts spectacular sailing, beach exploration, historic communities, gorgeous remote anchorages, and world-class fishing. About 10 miles south of historic and charming Loreto, Mexico’s authentic “City of Magic,” lies Puerto Escondido (hidden port). This naturally enclosed basin has been used for centuries to shelter boats of all kinds, and, after many fits and starts since the 1980’s, now boasts a rapidly developing marina and residential project. It is an ideal base for exploring one of the richest, most starkly beautiful cruising areas on the planet, a place Jacques Cousteau once proclaimed “The Aquarium of The World.”
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West Coast Multihulls’ location on the waterfront at Marina Puerto Escondido is home to a small fleet of modern cruising catamarans, along with a full-service marina, boat yard, store, restaurant, etc. This is a magnificent sailing area, boasting 10 islands and dozens of unique anchorages to explore, along with nearby Loreto, chock full of history, dining, and shopping opportunities. This is a part of Mexico that invites you to slow down and soak it all in. Everywhere are the dramatic geology, intense colors and stark contrasts of desert meeting the sea. Fish, rays and whales during the day, coyotes on the beach at night. Puerto Escondido might be only 10 miles from the Loreto airport, but it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle north of the border.
WCM clients are invited to enjoy the crystal clear, warm waters of the Sea of Cortez – numerous offshore islands to explore, dozens of secluded anchorages, refreshing margaritas, and spectacular fishing. Options include destination Learn-to-Sail vacations and captained charters. In all cases you’re looking at the sailing experience of a lifetime. Day after day of “best day ever” kind of sailing, which may ruin you forever. In a good way.
WCM Puerto Escondido Features:
Multiple Catamarans in the fleet, with charter ownership opportunities too
La Paz is a decently-protected natural harbor with a hopping full-service touristy waterfront, all within a day sail from some of the most dramatically beautiful and isolated cruising grounds in the world. A bustling city of nearly 250,000 and the capital of Baja California Sur, numerous flight options connect La Paz with various North American airports.
Your charter will start from Marina Palmira on the waterfront at La Paz, and take you out the 3 mile channel to explore the numerous coves and islands to the north. Breezes are generally light but consistent, and Bahia La Paz is often full of sport fish, dolphins, and whale sharks (winter season). The various anchorages of world-class Espirtu Santo island are jaw dropping, and offer snorkeling, hiking and opportunities for beach exploration. California sailors used to the crowded coves of Catalina will feel liberated, relaxed and connected to nature. Spend your days fishing, wildlife-watching, paddling and swimming, snorkeling and relaxing in a hammock. Evenings include fish on the grill, cocktails and star gazing from the foredeck net of your own modern sailing catamaran. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Options include destination Learn-to-Sail vacations and captained charters. In all cases you’re looking at the sailing experience of a lifetime. Day after day of “best day ever” kind of sailing, which may ruin you forever. In a good way.
WCM La Paz Features:
Multiple Catamarans in the fleet, with charter ownership opportunities too
The FP Saba 50 is usually located here, but can be available from the Loreto location as well
Stellar learn-to-sail vacation options
Lay days in the hopping waterfront tourist zone of La Paz
Knowledgeable staff to ensure your comfort and eliminate logistical hassles
A well-equipped marina facility with fuel, nearby groceries and a few restaurants
World-class sailing, fishing, paddling, snorkeling, beach exploration and hiking
Students and charterers will be able to book classes and vacation sailing time through WCM, traveling in and out of Loreto or La Paz via regular flights from across the US, Southern California, or Tijuana (most making use of the no-brainer CBX border crossing in San Diego). Regular flights into Loreto are available from LAX (typically on Alaska Airlines, connecting from anywhere), Ontario, Orange County, and other smaller regional airports. Some connections go through Mexico City or Phoenix. Note that flights in and out of Loreto are often limited to certain days of the week, which can vary seasonally. La Paz has more flight options at more times, and is services by many north american airlines.
The Sea of Cortez is subject to two different major weather regimes, which alternate seasonally. Winter months, typically December through February, bring “Northers,” which can sometimes blow quite strongly, for two to five days at a time. Otherwise, seas and winds are mellow and variable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. Summer months, June through September, bring intense heat and moderate southerly breezes to the area, easing into the heart of tropical storm season mid August through mid October. The shoulder seasons of mid October through early December, and March through June, exhibit nearly perfect sailing conditions, and spectacular weather for making the most of this amazing area.
We offer a wide selection of cruising catamarans for Capatained Sea of Cortez Catamaran Charters – all especially equipped for your safety and comfort.
Charter pricing depends on the season of your voyage. By sailing in the off season, you will save around 10% off the regular/peak rate. Additional crew or chef, if desired, are additional charges. Please view pricing below, based on your chosen dates of travel:
Prices subject to change without notice. Please call to confirm current rates.
In a hurry? Please call WCM directly for availability and pricing
for your Sea of Cortez Catamaran Charter: 619.365.4326
Our Clients Say it Best
This trip exceed our expectations with respect to beautiful water, mountains & remote anchorages. In my opinion, it was far superior to the Bahamas. Sailing was sporadic due to changing winds daily but that’s nature. We more than made up for it with fishing, spearfishing & beautiful sunsets. We ate really well.–Bruced581 via TripAdvisor
What a terrific experience! Guinevere and Eddie made our charter easy and the yacht was in great shape. This area of Baja is outstanding with the beautiful islands and great snorkeling. We saw whales, rays and lots of dolphins while we were on the water. And there and many wonderful little bays to anchor in for all wind conditions. This was our second trip and we’ll be back again!–Chris G via TripAdvisor
I want to let you know that Lance was very thorough and I feel I learned a lot. I have had several instructors over the past two years and he was the best by far.–Lee Johnston