What’s Slow Cruising All About?

Chrissie and I recently spent a week on The Sea by ourselves, going slow and really exploring in the same cruising grounds where we do our sail training trips. It was such an amazing experience, I knew we had to share it.

Here’s what Slow Cruising is all about. Enjoying the cruising life. Slowing down. Snorkeling and really exploring without a time table. Trying to figure out the name of that starfish with 12 legs, or was it 13? Kayaking quietly among crabs, long-legged birds, and spotting Frigates and Blue Footed Boobies. Taking pictures. Sailing, navigating and anchoring. Exploring ashore where few people go. Learning to recognize the stingray just under the sand. Dinghy trips and cultural exchanges with local fisherman. Finding and exploring the sea caves. Marveling at weathered rock formations with crazy faces in them. Enjoying the solitude. Some more sailing, navigating and anchoring. Watching Manta Rays leap from the water at sundown. Deciding whether to take another swim, go for a sail, have a Margarita, try the fresh made ceviche, or just relax and read another chapter.

The Sea of Cortez - Departing from La Paz, BCS, Mexico

On this sailing adventure we’ll share the things we know and love about the islands, secluded coves, and sea caves in the Parque Nacional on Espiritu Santo, Isla Partida, and the Sea Lion rookery at Los Islotes.


This could be just the right trip for you.

  • Are you exploring the world of sailing and want to see if it’s for you?

  • Are you an experienced sailor or Santana Sailing Alum looking for a low key introduction to the Sea of Cortez?

Aspiring sailors will see the possibilities of learning to cruise on their own, and experienced hands will get a look at the very best these cruising grounds have to offer. While the focus is on fun and exploration, contact us for information about Sailing Skill Endorsements available for these cruises. Be ready as an active participant in running the boat, tidying up, and operating safely.

— Scroll down to see Who This Trip is Designed For, Prerequisites, and how to Apply for This Trip


Slow Cruise Package Pricing - Catamaran

Single Occupancy Private Cabin - $3795
Two Sharing a Cabin - $2495 per person
5% Loyalty discount for Santana Sailing School grads and past cruise participants
Please see our Payment Options, and read and acknowledge our Cancellation Policy.

What’s Included

  • Your single private or shared cabin on a Lagoon 421 or 440 catamaran or similar vessel

  • Professional USCG Licensed captain, and first mate

  • 2 Kayaks, dinghy and outboard, fuel, port fees and permits, everything having to do with the boat

  • Bedding, towels, and snorkeling gear

  • All provisions except alcohol

  • Boat will be loaded and ready to go when you arrive

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the marina

  • Hotel stays and meals ashore before or after the cruise, and alcohol

Travel Planning, Dates, Times, Deposit

  • Generally, a flight to Cabo San Lucas (SJD) is easier than attempting to fly to La Paz (which usually involves connecting thru Mexico City).

  • EcoBaja Tours provides low cost comfortable shuttle round trip to and from the Cabo airport and La Paz - see the Travel Details page.

  • The CostaBaja Resort and the Hyatt are two very nice hotels right at the Marina.

  • The trip begins with boarding the boat at CostaBaja Marina, beginning 5 PM the first day, usually a Saturday; enjoy a welcome with no-host sundown cocktails at the Beach Club across from the boat, and a get-acquainted dinner together in the harbor; spend the first night on the boat in the harbor.

  • We depart the Marina by 10:00 AM Sunday, spend 6 days cruising the islands, and return to the Marina by about 4 PM on Friday. Off the boat by 10 AM Saturday.

  • See the Travel Details page for complete information.

  • Deposit is 60% at the time of booking, balance due 60 day prior. Please see Payment Options, and read and agree to the Cancellation Policy.

Secret cove with amazing snorkelling

2019 DATES

February 9 - 16, Catamaran

March 16-23, Catamaran

May 18-25, Catamaran

November 16 - 23, Catamaran

Fish camp at Caleta Partida

Interested in other dates? Want to take the boat over with all your sailing friends? Interested in a flotilla for the same dates? Please Contact Us.
Scroll down for a gallery of photos from our November 3 Trip

Snorkel and kayak in pristine bays


This one week trip is especially well suited for sailors, both aspiring and experienced, who want to explore new cruising areas and linger a bit. You’ll naturally build confidence in your sailing, anchoring, & maneuvering skills. This is a low stress, easy going week on a Catamaran.

Swim with the sea lions at Los Islotes


While cruising and sailing experience is not a requirement, you must be ready to participate in life on board a sailing catamaran. You’ll refill your own drinks, help out with vessel operation and keeping the boat and your cabin ship-shape. Be ready to learn all you can and participate fully. If you have sailing skills, we would love for you to use them. Participants should be in good physical condition.

Enjoying sunset on Espiritu Santo


To apply for participation on this trip please fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. Once your application is reviewed we will contact you for the next steps.

Some of the sea caves…