Santispac Shelter

On the third day at Isla Requeson a north wind started to blow and the anchorage got unpleasant. We left in the afternoon and stumbled upon Playa Santispac looking for shelter. The next morning, we were surprised by the unexpected beauty of the place.

<This the sixth in a series of posts covering the 10 days-or-so we spent cruising the beautiful Bahia Concepcion in Baja California. Click here to access the first post in the series, and here to access the previous post>

I didn’t have much expectations of Santispac – perhaps driven by the picture on our cruising guide. But, as the northernmost harbor inside Coyote Bay, it was the best shelter available against the prevailing wind that had settled that afternoon.

We got there early in the evening and didn’t see much of it. When day broke the next morning, we saw a wide harbor lined with a white sandy beach, brilliant turquoise waters at the shoreline, and a few local eateries. Moreover, the harbor was full with marine life – manta rays swimming and breaching all around us, dolphins, and even a pod of Pilot Whales made it inside the bay.

Sunset at Santispac Bay
Sunset at Santispac Bay
Raquel watching for sting rays
Raquel watching for sting rays
One happy sailor
One happy sailor
The white sandy beach at Santispac
The white sandy beach at Santispac
Walking to the restaurant
Walking to the restaurant
A beer truck came by, and Phil and I paid homage to it
A beer truck came by, and Phil and I paid homage to it
s/v Coastal Drifter
s/v Coastal Drifter
Paulo petting Coco aboard s/v Coastal Drifter
Paulo petting Coco aboard s/v Coastal Drifter
Raquel catching up with her reading
Raquel catching up with her reading
One happy Adriana
One happy Adriana
The dinghy and the sailboat.
The dinghy and the sailboat.

 

We spent two full nights in Santispac and in the middle of the third we raised our anchor to cross the Sea of Cortez for the first time.

Watch out for the update on this passage on our upcoming post.

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