The perfect beach?

Isla San Francisco was our second stop on our passage between La Paz and Puerto Escondido.

It is a small island, with a picture-perfect little bay. We stayed two days there enjoying the beauty of the place.

<This is the third in a series of four posts I have been publishing this week covering our passage between La Paz and Puerto Escondido in Baja California. Click here for the first post on the series>

Isla San Francisco is located roughly 1/3rd of the way between La Paz and Puerto Escondido, on the east coast of the Baja California peninsula. It has a nearly perfect round-shaped bay at its southwestern corner, lined with a white sandy beach, brilliant turquoise waters, sandstone hills on both ends, and the dramatic Sierra de la Giganta on the background.

We dropped anchor early afternoon and the wind was blowing from the Northeast, therefore coming straight from land. As a consequence, the crystalline clear water was still as glass on the bay, making no waves on the beach. It looked like a giant swimming pool.

We spent the afternoon swimming and playing on the beach. The next day we hiked to the top of the hill surrounding the bay. It was a steep climb, but we were rewarded by stunning views, as the pictures will attest. That night, we received our Coastal Drifter friends for dinner on Pesto. On the menu, our signature Carbonara Pasta.

The wonderful beach at Isla San Francisco's bay. White sand to one side ....

The wonderful beach at Isla San Francisco’s bay

The girls on the dinghy, after having spent the whole afternoon in the water

The kids on the dinghy, after having spent the whole afternoon in the water

As if the beauty around us were not enough, we were greeted by this beautiful sunset on the first night there

As if the beauty around us were not enough, we were greeted by this beautiful sunset on the first night there

The next day, hiking up the hill

The next day, hiking up the hill

Paulo taking a break to restore energies and check the view

Paulo taking a break to restore energies and check the view

That's what he saw

That’s what he saw

The girls were the first to arrive at the top

The girls were the first to arrive at the top

Speaking of them, notice the essential hiking accessories

Speaking of them, notice the essential hiking accessories

Shoes matching shirt. That's the way they do it!

Shoes matching shirt. That’s the way they do it!

Back to the hike, the hill is steep and covered with moss on the outer side of the ridge

Back to the hike, the hill is steep and covered with moss on the outer side of the ridge

Phil taking pictures of the view

Phil taking pictures of the view

Walking along the ridge

Walking along the ridge

A mandatory selfie before going down

A mandatory selfie before going down

Back to our homes, a well deserved Carbonara to replenish the energy levels

Back to our homes, a well deserved Carbonara to replenish the energy levels

The second and last night there. Apparently, beautiful sunsets are standard feature in Isla San Francisco

The second and last night there. Apparently, beautiful sunsets are standard feature in Isla San Francisco

 

We left early morning of the third day, en route to cover the 40 miles that separate Isla San Francisco from Puerto Los Gatos – our next stop.

Stay Tunned!