The hidden jewel

For me, the bay of Puerto Escondido has been the most beautiful place we have stayed on this journey to date. Picture this.

<This the first in a series of posts I will be publishing this week about the three weeks we spent at Puerto Escondido, Baja California. Click here to access the first post>

Starting with the bay itself. Being connected to the sea by a narrow passage, it looks almost like a salt-water lake. There are small sounds on its East and Northwest sides, each with a mini mangrove and brilliant green shallow waters.

But what gives magic to this place is the background. The bay is located at the footsteps of the Giganta mountain range – towering rocky formations, in a multitude of layers of different colors and shapes. It is truly dramatic.

The bay is also home to a thriving fauna – fish in particular. At night, we would hear the splashes of fish jumping out of the water. And during the day, schools of flying fish would cross the calm waters of the bay.

Nearby, there is the picturesque Isla Danzante, with the scenic Honeymoon Cove. We visited there with our dinghies for a hike with spectacular views. Stay tuned for the update tomorrow.

Los Candeleros, a small archipelago of stunning little islands on the approach to Puerto Escondido
Los Candeleros, a small archipelago of stunning little islands on the approach to Puerto Escondido
The coastline features just before the entrance to the bay
The coastline features just before the entrance to the bay
The dramatic Sierra de la Giganta backdrop at sunrise
The dramatic Sierra de la Giganta backdrop at sunrise
And how it looked like during the day
And how it looked like during the day
The bay is full with Fish. Note this one scratching his back on our mooring line
The bay is full with Fish. Note this one scratching his back on our mooring line
This guy lived under Pesto and Coastal Drifter for most of the three weeks. He was named "Dinner". And managed to be still alive when we left
This guy lived under Pesto and Coastal Drifter for most of the three weeks. He was named “Dinner”. And managed to be still alive when we left
The place is also full with Seagulls and Frigates. This guy left a "present" after staying on our outboard for an hour
The place is also full with Seagulls and Frigates. This guy left a “present” after staying on our outboard for an hour
The calm waters inside the bay. The opening to the left is called "the window". Even though it looks like a breakwater, it is in fact a natural isthmus
The calm waters inside the bay. The opening to the left is called “the window”. Even though it looks like a breakwater, it is in fact a natural isthmus
Sunset at Puerto Escondido. Every evening, we would gather on deck and watch the sun set behind la Giganta. One boater nearby would play a horn at that tie, and another would play lullabies on his guitar. Magical moments
Sunset at Puerto Escondido. Every evening, we would gather on deck and watch the sun set behind la Giganta. One boater nearby would play a horn at that tie, and another would play lullabies on his guitar. Magical moments

4 Replies to “The hidden jewel”

  1. Oh, you just reminded me (i forgot to mention) a sweet day hike into a short canyon there at the Giganta. Waterfalls, pools…”hidden” little paradise. I hope someone mentioned it to you and you found it. Nice memory. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Nice place, and plenty of other cruisers. I feel like more safe when I can see other boats around mine. Pure psychological, but it woks for me.

  3. When we made our decision to stay in Puerto Escondido, there were perhaps 15 boats already there. A few days later, this number increased to 40. It was in fact reassuring to see all these other boats seeking shelter in the same place as we were !

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