Islas Espiritu Santos, Partida, Los Islotes, Balandra

Together with our friends on Yare, we traveled and explored the islands for 10 days.  Beginning at Playa Bonanza on Isla Espiritu Santos, our next anchorage was Caleta Partida.  It was very protected from the northers that were strong at that time.  There were two fishing camps there but no one was actually there when we made it ashore to meet them….  A fantastic cave was found just north of there on the southeast corner of Partida.

 

Fishing camp, Caleta Partida
Fishing camp, Caleta Partida
On the way to the sea cave, Caleta Partida
On the way to the sea cave, Caleta Partida
Cave
Cave
Cave, looking out
Cave, looking out

 

Caleta Partida
Caleta Partida

 

Next anchorage was Ensenada Grande, just to the north.  There was an awesome beach and maintained hiking trail that lead to a lookout over 100m up over the east side of the island.  Jess and I (the moms) made it all the way to the top while the others were ready to get back to the beach.

Ensenada Grande, lobe #3
Ensenada Grande, lobe #3

 

Beach lobe #3, Ensenada Grande
Beach lobe #3, Ensenada Grande

Before heading back to La Paz to reprovision, we made it to Los Islotes to swim with the sea lions.  They are surprisingly friendly and accepting of swimmers and snorkelers!  It was magical to get to touch a real live WILD animal in its element.  They swam nearby often nibbling on Liam and Pete’s fingertips, apparently amazed that they don’t have webbed hands 🙂

Los Islotes
Los Islotes

Once back in La Paz we were eager to stock up again on items from the grocery store Chedraui.  It felt familiar to go there then…  Ice cream at Fuente’s was a treat too.  Although our little buddy Odin had to stop by the hospital to get stitches to mend his chin while on the way!!  More info here : http://svyare.blogspot.com/2016/01/la-paz-medical-care.html?m=1

Fuentes yummy-ness
Fuentes yummy-ness

 

After only a couple days in La Paz we set off bound for La Cruz.  We really miss our friends on Yare.  Traveling together through paradise has been a fantastic experience.  We hope to see them again in the spring overe here on the east side.

Goodbyes to our dear friends of sv Yare
Goodbyes to our dear friends of sv Yare

 

On the way, we stopped at Bahia Falsa and also Belandra (north of La Paz) and got to reconnect with our friends Scott and Tanya from Kialoa.  We’ve known them for three years, were in Fleet together (Bluewater Cruising association).

Running down the dunes, Balandra
Running down the dunes, Balandra
Kialoa joins in!
Kialoa joins in!

And then, like a dream, it was over.  We set off across the sea towards La Cruz.

Sailing southeast into the sea of Cortez
Sailing southeast into the sea of Cortez

One thought on “Islas Espiritu Santos, Partida, Los Islotes, Balandra”

  1. Love the photos, especially running down the dunes! We send our love to each of you!!
    Holly, Blair, Penelope and Beatrix
    ps, Penelope really misses her friends and wants them to know she thinks of them often!

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