Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur

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Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido is located in Mexico
Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 25°48′38″N 111°18′28″W / 25.81056°N 111.30778°W / 25.81056; -111.30778Coordinates: 25°48′38″N 111°18′28″W / 25.81056°N 111.30778°W / 25.81056; -111.30778
Country  Mexico
State Baja California Sur
Municipality Loreto Municipality
Elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 2
 • Urban 0

Puerto Escondido is a large natural harbor in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. It is located in the Loreto Municipality 28 km south of Loreto, on Federal Highway 1 on the western shore of the Gulf of California.

French architect and urban planner François Spoerry designed a neighborhood of Puerto Escondido.[1] but it was abandoned after only 3 (now abandoned) buildings were constructed. . The nearest community to Puerto Escondido is Tripui, a privately owned leasehold community, largely of ex-pat Americans and Canadians with a store, hotel and restaurant. It is about 1 kilometer from Puerto Escondido.

Description[edit]

The main harbor is about 1.8 km long and 1 km wide with a 30 meter wide entrance and 3 meter depth. It has been a popular anchorage with visiting sailors and is widely recognized as one of the best 'hurricane holes' in the Sea of Cortez.[2] Adjacent to the main harbor is an abandoned marina project, "the Ellipse" and seaward of the Ellipse is a large, somewhat protected anchorage known as the "Waiting Room" to sailors and "Enfermario" to local Mexicans. The port is administered by API-BCS who charge for anchoring in the port. The inner harbor is leased to Desarrolladora Marina Puerto Escondido, S. de R.L. de C.V. who installed a small marina and moorings for rent. There is a small boatyard, grocery store and restaurant in the marina. A privately owned marina (Marina Puerto Escondido) was opened in the fall of 2013 as a prelude to private development of properties lining the canals and a proposed additional marina in the Ellipse.

Puerto Escondido lies within the Loreto Bay National Marine Park which became a United Nations World Heritage Site in 2005. There are 6 sizable islands and numerous smaller islands and rocky outcrops within a few miles of the port. They offer excellent diving and snorkeling. The spectacular Sierra Gigantes are within about 2 km of Puerto Escondido with rugged canyon trails for the more adventurous hikers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frenay, Robert (2006). Pulse: the coming age of systems and machines inspired by living things. Macmillan. p. 246. ISBN 0-374-11327-0. 
  2. ^ Mexico Boating Guide By Patricia Rains