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Yacht Charter La Paz

If you’re looking for a sailing vacation offering total relaxation, plus the chance to see whales, swim with sea lions and explore over 900 islands, then look to La Paz.

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  • Abundant marine life
  • Dramatic scenery
  • Scenic villages

Yacht rental La Paz

La Paz

La Paz is located at the end of the Baja California Sur peninsula, separated from Mexico by the captivating Sea of Cortez, which is also known as the Gulf of California. The sea, which has legendary status among divers and sport fishers, is the ideal choice for an authentic, unspoiled sailing vacation.

You’ll find tranquil turquoise coves, pristine deserts and rugged mountain ranges on your La Paz yacht charter, as well as stunning remote anchorages across more than 100 miles of coastline.

Sail to Isla San Francisco, a popular anchorage in a crescent-shaped bay fringed with white sand beaches, red cliffs and crystal clear waters. This picture-perfect cove offers great hiking, snorkeling and fishing. 

You also have the chance to go whale or dolphin watching, getting close to these beautiful creatures. Or swim with sea lions in the natural aquarium of Isla Espiritu Santo. 

Our base for your sailing vacation is at the beautiful Marina Costa Baja in La Paz, where you’ll also find luxury resorts, golf courses, fine restaurants, museums, and restored colonial-era buildings. All of which make La Paz an unforgettable destination.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in La Paz

La Paz yacht charter sailing rocks and sea

Swim with sea lions

One of the top things to do in La Paz is to sail to stunning Espiritu Santo and join a licensed tour operator for the opportunity to snorkel and swim with curious and playful sea lions. While there, you’ll enjoy a stunning backdrop of rugged red rock islands, birds and marine life.

Hiking at Isla San Francisco

Hike the ridge that takes you to the top of the hills surrounding this picture-perfect crescent bay. Don’t forget your camera to capture the dramatic contrasts of sky, sea, sand and rock. 

Stroll the Malecon boardwalk

Be sure to visit the scenic Paseo Alvaro Obregon waterfront while sailing La Paz. Stroll through the Malecon boardwalk shops admiring the amazing statues along the way then,in the evening, enjoy a stunning sunset and sample local treats from the food vendors.

Snorkeling at Isla Espiritu Santo

Don’t miss exploring Cardenal and Candelero on Isla Espiritu Santo, with high visibility underwater for snorkeling adventures. Enjoy a beachfront picnic here following your swim.

See the migrating whale sharks

The gentle giant whale sharks in La Paz are filter feeders and safe to swim with. This exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime experience is highly regulated to protect the animals, so you must book with a licensed local tour operator. It’s one of the best things to do in La Paz, so we recommend you don’t miss out.

Weather insights

La Paz cryslalline waters sailing vacation

When is the best time to go to La Paz?

The best time of year for sailing La Paz is mid-February to late June or mid-October to late December. 

In La Paz, the summers are long and hot, while the winters are short, comfortable, and dry. Temperatures in La Paz during summer reach an average of 90ºF in May and October, sometimes even reaching 100ºF. You’ll also enjoy fantastic sea temperatures of more than 80ºF.

It’s drier in the low season between December and February, which still has comfortable temperatures averaging 79ºF. Around 90% of La Paz’s rain falls between July and October. 

What are the sailing conditions in La Paz?

The sailing conditions include southerly winds averaging between 10 to 15 knots. Most of the Pacific basin tropical storms during the hurricane season typically pass south of La Paz and the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula.

You’ll need to visit the harbormaster and leave a detailed trip plan before leaving the marina, including intended destination and crew and passenger information.

La Paz people enjoying vacations on skippered catamaran

Sailing La Paz with Dream Yacht Charter

La Paz yachts

Yacht rental La Paz, Mexico, means you can enjoy the best of the Sea of Cortez and sail its islands. Choose from our catamarans and monohulls. 

Skippered La Paz boat rentals

You don’t need sailing experience to enjoy a vacation sailing the Sea of Cortez. Hire a skipper with your yacht and they will sail you around the highlights of La Paz, while you relax.

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La Paz sailing itinerary

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La Paz yacht charter and zodiac boat 7-day itinerary La Paz, Mexico

Day 1: Ensenada Grande

Head to Ensenada Grande, a popular anchorage with its turquoise waters, towering rocky cliffs and white sand beaches. Ashore you can hike, lounge on the beach or enjoy the waters and snorkel along the rocky shoreline.

Day 2: Los Islotes – El Bajito – San Evaristo

Located just off the northwest tip of Isla Partida, rocky islets known as Los Islotes is famous for being one of the few places you can swim with sea lions in a natural setting. Moor dinghies at the national park’s buoys on the northern and southern shores. Head to El Bajito for great diving with tropical fish or sail to nearby San Evaristo, a quaint fishing village, and spend the night in a well-protected anchorage.

Day 3: Isla San Francisco

Sail to Isla San Francisco, a popular anchorage in a crescent shaped bay fringed with white sand beaches, red rock cliffs and crystal clear waters. This picture-perfect cove offers sublime hiking, snorkeling, fishing and beaches. The large bay can accommodate plenty of boats and has a good holding ground.

Day 4: Amortajada

Make for Amortajada, on the southwestern tip of Isla San Jose. When you reach the anchorage, take your dinghy or kayak to explore the main lagoon by going through the mangroves. Take your binoculars to spot egrets and herons.

Day 5: Espiritu Santo – Bahia San Gabriel – Punta Prieta – Ensenada de la Dispensa

Set off for Isla Espiritu Santo and its most beautiful beach within the bay Bahia San Gabriel. Head to the rocky western shore of Punta Prieta and the southern point of Ensenada de la Dispensa for fantastic snorkeling.

Day 6: Puerto Balandra

Make for Puerto Balandra with its eight unspoiled white sand beaches and inland salt lagoon with the “El Hongo” rock formation, also known as the mushroom. In the shimmering blue water you’ll find an array of colorful fish and coral to delight swimmers and snorkelers.

Day 7: Sailing

Head back to base by 10am.

La Paz couple enjoying beach 14-day itinerary La Paz, Mexico

Day 1: Espiritu Santo Island

Begin your charter with some breathtaking underwater scenery by snorkeling at the rocky western shore of Isla Espiritu Santo at Punta Prieta or the southern point at Ensenada de la Dispensa. Drop anchor at Caleta Partida or Ensenada Grande overnight and relax.

Day 2: Los Islotes – Isla Partida – El Bajito – San Evaristo

Swim with sea lions in a natural habitat by sailing to Los Islotes at the northwest tip of Isla Partida. You can moor your dinghy at the national park’s buoys on the island’s northern and southern shores. In the southwest, dive at El Bajito to be among tropical fish and then head to San Evaristo, a quaint fishing village, to overnight at a protected anchorage.

Day 3: Nopolo

Sail to Nopolo, anchor in the northern or southern lobes of Nopolo and use your dinghy to explore isolated fishing villages. You’ll be protected from northerly winds and free to explore this tranquil retreat.

Day 4: Puerto de Gato

Head to Puerto de Gato and while its anchorage is a bit limited, you’ll find stunning diving and snorkeling while surrounded by red rock formations and white sand beaches.

Day 5: Bahia Agua Verde – Puerto Escondido

Find cave paintings, ample anchorage and snorkeling at Bahia Agua Verde, which is a remote fishing village. Puerto Escondido is also nearby, where you can spend the night. Pick up fuel and water, and provisions are just a taxi ride away in Loreto.

Day 6: Del Carmen Island – Danzante Island – Bahia Agua Verde

Plan a visit to the southern point of Del Carmen Island and Danzante Island too. After a full day, sail back to Bahia Agua Verde for the night.

Day 7: San Cosme – Puerto Los Gatos

Eat a hearty breakfast and make your way to San Cosme Island to spend the day there. Cruise south and stay overnight at Puerto Los Gatos, which will protect you from the northwesterlies.

Day 8: Amortajada

Make your way to the anchorage at Amortajada, on the southwestern tip of Isla San Jose. Spot egrets and herons while kayaking through the mangroves to the main lagoon.

Day 9: Isla San Francisco

Find the picture-perfect cove of Isla San Francisco with white sand beaches with a backdrop of shimmering sea and red rock-lined shorelines. This popular anchorage boasts some of the best hiking, snorkeling, fishing, and beaches in the region. Although it’s popular the bay accommodates plenty of boats, and has a good holding ground.

Day 10: Ensenada Grande – Espiritu Santo island

After sunrise, sail to Ensenada Grande and enjoy swimming in its turquoise waters or stroll its white sand beaches. Explore its rocky shoreline underwater or hike ashore. On Isla Espiritu Santo, you’ll find a trail at the southern end of Bahia San Gabriel beach that links you to yet another white sand paradise.

Day 11: Cardenal – Candelero

Don’t miss exploring Cardenal and Candelero on Isla Espiritu Santo with high visibility underwater for snorkeling adventures before returning for another night at Ensenada Grande.

Day 12: Puerto Ballena – Ballena Island – Gallo Island – Gallina Island

Cruise around Puerto Ballena, stopping at Ballena Island, Gallo Island, and Gallina Island, which all sit in well-protected turquoise waters.

Day 13: Puerto Balandra

With another white sand beach and shimmering blue water, Puerto Balandra is a wonderful playground for any snorkeler, hiker, or kayaker. It’s also home to the famous mushroom-shaped rock formation “El Hongo” and inland salt lagoon.

Day 14: Sailing

Head back to base.

Useful information for yacht charters in La Paz

La Paz fishing and enjoying yacht charter

Getting to La Paz from the US

The most convenient way to reach our base and start your sailing vacation is to fly into La Paz International Airport (LAP). AeroMexico has the most daily flights and there are several other domestic airlines via Los Angeles (LAX) or Mexico City.

La Paz Airport is a 30-minute taxi ride away. We can arrange airport transfers on request. 

You can also reach La Paz via Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), but the transfer takes between 2.5 and 3 hours, via a shuttle van or private taxi.

What language is spoken in La Paz?

The language spoken in La Paz is Spanish.

What is the currency in La Paz?

The currency in La Paz is the Mexican peso (MXN) but US dollars are accepted in the main tourist areas.

What are the customs restrictions for La Paz?

You can view customs information on the gob.mx website.

What documents do I need to sail La Paz?

US citizens must have a passport and either a Forma Migratoria Multiple, temporary or permanent resident card or tourist visa. 

There are special documents requirements for dual Mexican/American citizens, particularly minors. We advise you to speak to the Mexican Consulate General’s office in Los Angeles, CA, or visit your nearest Mexican embassy or consulate. 

Mexican citizens will need a sailing license to sail in Mexico.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around La Paz?

You can easily hail a collectivo bus-style taxi with its destination displayed in the front window. If you’re taking a cab, be sure to negotiate the price before you get in. It’s a good idea to ask restaurants and bars to call you a cab home if you’re out late during your yacht charter in Mexico. 

You can also rent a car but make your reservation in advance using the company website to get the best price.

What is the Wi-Fi like in La Paz?

Our marina has free Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi in La Paz is good, and most cities and towns have Wi-Fi hotspots at bars and restaurants. There’s no phone coverage in about 70% of our sailing area.

What regulations are there in La Paz?

Night sailing is forbidden. We will provide you with the required park permits to visit Espiritu Santo Island. Anyone fishing from a boat in Mexico will need a fishing license issued by the Mexican government. Fishing licenses can be ordered online.

Where can I find weather forecasts in La Paz?

You can find weather forecasts at the weather.com website, both before and during your La Paz boat rental.

What provisioning is there in La Paz?

There are plenty of choices for provisioning in La Paz, including the local Chedraui supermarket and Walmart. The base can also provide a provisioning service if you’d like your groceries to be ready for your arrival.

What baggage can I take on my Mexico sailing vacation?

Please take only soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in La Paz?

The land electrical current in La Paz is 110V.

What is the dialing code for La Paz?

The dialing code for La Paz is +52.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

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Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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