2024 Sea of Cortez Flotilla

La Paz – Sea of Cortez, Mexico
March 23-30, 2024

Join fellow sailors on a Sea of Cortez Flotilla
and family-friendly sailing vacation

The Sea of Cortez has captured the imagination of sailors and adventurers and offers unparalleled opportunities for exploration under sail.  Good sailing, stunning scenery, and remote anchorages abound in what Jacques Cousteau called “The World’s Aquarium.”


A NauticEd and Santana Sailing Flotilla

Santana Sailing instruction in Long Beach California and Mexico

Flotilla Overview


March 23 – 30, 2024 SOLD OUT join us in 2025 or see our other flotillashere


We welcome all, sailors and non-sailors alike.  There are 3 main ways to join:

  • Bareboat charter the whole boat with you as the skipper and your friends and family as crew
  • Charter the whole boat with our hired skipper. You and your friends and family are crew. Sail and learn as much or as little as you want.
  • Shared boat – cabin charter (perfect for solos or couples traveling). Sail and Learn from our professional NauticEd Instructor/Skipper


Sailing north from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, we’ll explore islands of the Espiritu Santo Archipelago, Isla San Francisco, and more.  Join us by taking a cabin or chartering your own monohull or catamaran.

Sea of Cortez cactus

Scroll through images below from past trips…

Scroll through images below from past trips…

Flotilla Details and Information

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The 2024 La Paz Flotilla is a casual flotilla without a ‘theme.’ This is NOT an adult-only flotilla, a party yacht week, or a flotilla focusing solely on hiking or wines or yoga.  We’re laid back and run our flotillas that way. Of course, you’re welcome to explore as you see fit.   There is a no ducks in a row mentality; a flotilla offers you independence with peace of mind as well as fun and camaraderie with other flotilla sailors.

The NauticEd team are experts at charters – we will provide pre-charter advice, set the course and itinerary and include recommendations on things to do and see.  We’ll provide advice and recommendations on where to anchor under the stars, as well as optional activities before and after the cruise.  We will be there for any questions you might have.  We will send out a guide with itinerary and details ahead of the charter.

US Coast Guard Captain Marc Hughston is a seasoned captain and one of NauticEd’s highest student-rated and highest NauticEd ranked instructors and instructor/trainer will lead the flotilla. Marc has led fun instructional trips here for years. He knows the area well including the best sights and anchorages. This ensures that the flotilla will follow the best itinerary according to the local and current variety of conditions.

Marc is the owner of Santana Sailing which is located in Los Angeles / Long Beach CA. Santana Sailing is the premier sail training and adventures school in Southern California. Capt. Marc Hughston will offer flotilla members confidence that the Sea of Cortez flotilla experience will be second to none!

Cabin rental:  Capt. Marc Hughston (NauticEd instructor extraordinaire) will skipper the lead boat – a wonderful 2020 Dufour 520 GL (click here for details) with air conditioner, generator, watermaker, and more! Capt. Hughston’s vessel is available for rent by the cabin, cabins are suitable for 2 persons, and there are 4 cabins available.

The price (inclusive water toys, fuel, professional skipper, and boat rental) is $4,150 for the ‘ensuite’ cabin, and shared bathroom cabins are $3,850. Additionally, provisions are $150 per person (includes breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Alcohol not included).

Please note that while there will be many opportunities for people to learn and participate in running the boat – there will not be any formal training or assessments for this trip.

For rental of the entire boat: Please refer to the Boat Availability tab below for details. Pricing details TDB – Price will be dependent on the specific boat and amenities. These prices do not include provisioning, water toys, or fuel. If you do not have Bareboat Charter Master qualifications or prefer to sail with a skipper, we will arrange one for you. A hired skipper will require a cabin. If you are interested in chartering a boat and joining the flotilla, please contact Lauren at NauticEd directly.

Other additional costs may include travel/accommodations, on-land excursions and activities before or after the cruise, and NauticEd Welcome Dinner (optional).

We have one more potential option – a group of (nice) folks want to join the flotilla but they need someone to skipper the boat. If you are a competent skipper, you (and your partner) could join in sharing the cost of this monohull boat. Cost around $1600 + for the cabin depending on the boat. If you are interested in this option, please contact Lauren at NauticEd directly.

There are a variety of catamarans and monohulls available.  Contact Lauren @ lauren@nauticed.org for updated information and availability.  Prices will included a $600 flotilla fee per boat.

On this one-week flotilla, we’ll explore the islands of Espiritu Santo, Partida, San Francisco, Coyote, and San Jose. The exact itinerary is TBD, and subject to change depending on weather conditions.

  • Day 1 Saturday— Board vessel in La Paz 5 PM, Welcome Dinner (optional)
  • Day 2 Sunday— Espiritu Santo
  • Day 3 Monday— Partida
  • Day 4 Tuesday— San Francisco
  • Day 5 Wednesday— San Francisco, Coyote (fishing village), San Jose (mangrove lagoon)
  • Day 6 Thursday—Espiritu Santo/Partida
  • Day 7 Friday—Balandra/Caleta Lobos, return to base appx 4 PM
  • Day 8 Saturday— Depart vessel by 10 AM

More details, maps, and optional activities are forthcoming once you join us.

To bareboat charter a yacht from Dream Yacht Charter in La Paz, you need to qualify as Bareboat Charter Master. To charter a catamaran, you need the Catamaran Qualification or Endorsement. If you are unsure if you qualify, please ask us and we can assist. If you have experience but do not have a certification, visit nauticed.org or contact NauticEd today. Without a doubt, you should be competent at anchoring as there are no moorings and have significant sailing experience in your resume.

We will be embarking and disembarking from the Marina Costa Baja in La Paz. You can fly direct to La Paz international airport with many carriers (airport code LAP), frequently with a connection through Mexico City. The marina is just 30 minutes away from the La Paz airport. From the airport, you can take a taxi to the marina for about MEX$340 pesos.

You might also choose to fly into Cabo San Lucas (airport code SJD), and shuttle to La Paz.  EcoBaja Tours is the least expensive shuttle option, running about $55 USD for a round trip.  It usually takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to cover the approximately 190km to La Paz. Private cars generally run $250-$300 USD for the same trip.

Many people choose to explore other parts of La Paz and Baja California Sur before or after the sailing vacation.

In La Paz there are opportunities with local vendors for snorkeling, kayaking, diving, and swimming with Whale Sharks.

Todos Santos – About 95 km to the south, Todos Santos is popular with ex-pats, artists, and surfers, offering views of the Pacific coast, small hotels, and culinary experiences ranging from street tacos to fine dining.

La Ventana – the small fishing village and kite surfing hot spot is about 50km southeast of La Paz, on the gulf coast.

Los Barilles – this is a popular spot for ex-pats with an active sport-fishing fleet.  It is located about 115km southeast of La Paz on the gulf coast and is about 70km from the SJD airport.

Cabo San Lucas – this has become much more than a party town.  There is quite a lot to do and see, and everything from the basics to 5-star resorts.  It is about 170km from La Paz.

—The distance from La Paz to Todos Santos is approximately 95km or about a 1.5-hour drive away and well worth it. Popular with expats, artists, and surfers, Todos Santos offers views of the Pacific coast, small hotels, and culinary experiences ranging from street tacos to fine dining.

NauticEd is the premier official Sailing Education Body of the United States recognized by the US Coast Guard and NASBLA (the State boater licensing authority). NauticEd has been awarded the American National Standards EDU-3 for sailing training and issues global sailing licenses and certifications. Theory education is accomplished with online sailing courses in a modern multimedia format while practical on-the-water training and assessment is conducted through a network of sailing schools and instructors worldwide.

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