Paddle the Length of Baja

Bring two books, and make one of them John Steinbeck’s The Log from the Sea of Cortez

Cabo San Lucas

A common sight via Shutterstock     Photo: R. Peterkin

Just divorced? Running from the law? Take some leisure time and paddle the 600 miles of Sea of Cortez coastline from San Felipe to La Paz, a two-month expedition that requires virtually no planning. Simply load your kayak onto your rig, buy Dave Eckardt’s 2009 The Guide to Baja Sea Kayaking (the other one), and drive to San Felipe. Store your wheels at the car park outside of town, buy a week’s worth of groceries, and start paddling south with the prevailing winds. Deserted, campable beaches line the entire route, and towns where you can buy rice and fresh tortillas appear at least every 100 miles. You’ll want to average 20 miles a day and carry about 10 gallons of water per person, which leaves plenty of room for rest days or getting beach-bound by the occasional gale-force Norte winds. Troll for fish as you go, which will leave more space in your hatches for fresh fruit and veggies (Eckardt’s pick: cabbages, for fish tacos). Most people end their expedition in La Paz, as the remaining 150 miles to Cabo is less scenic and increased private land ownership is a challenge to camping.

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