Tuesday, April 3, 2007


The Sea of Cortez, also known as the 'Gulf of California', is amazing in so many different ways. From the abundance of sea life to the clarity of the waters, the Sea of Cortez is host to amazing fishing, scuba diving, beautiful views, and more.

Legendary diver Jacques Cousteau once described the Sea of Cortez as the "world's aquarium" and the "Galapagos of North America". Some other experts describe the area as the future Mediterranean of America and places like Rocky Point, the next Cancun in the north of Mexico.

The Sea of Cortez currently plays an important role in one of the most interesting ecospheres in the world, and with everything that is happening in the region, it stands to play an amazingly pivotal role in what happens to the area next. There is so much one could say about the Sea Of Cortez, so I'm just going to start off of the top of my head and go from there.

As you can see from the map - the Sea of Cortez is bordered by the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, and Sinaloa. To the north it is part of the desolate Sonoran landscape, and creates amazing ares where open desert suddenly spills into a beautiful, sparkling coastline. Further down south it laps up against more polular - and populated - places like bahia Concepcion, La Paz, San Carlos, and San Jose del Cabo.

Traditionally the Sea of Cortez has been a commercial fishing zone. With the growth of tourism in the last 20 years (more about this below) attentions have been turned toward sport fishing and boating, scuba diving, and the like.

In 2005, hundreds of islands in Mexico's Sea of Cortez were declared World Heritage Fund sites by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. They are home to major whale breeding grounds, and the designation opens up the ability for Mexico to seek funding from the international responsibility to help preseve the area.

The Sea of Cortez is host to a number of interesting and unique little sea critters such as the Flying Mobula and the vaquita marina, the latter of which has been called "the world's rarest, most endangered porpoise".

What's in the Sea of Cortez's future? There's the Mexican government's La Escalera Nautica/Sea of Cortez Project, which seeks to draw more and more pleasure boaters and fishermen to the area. There's a boom in construction all up and down the coasts. There's the World Heritage Fund site status. There's ecotourism and an uptick in enviromental worries about what is going to happen to the area. At this moment the government of Sonora is building a modern costal highway from the south line with Sinaloa, all the way to the north state border of Baja California.

In other words, the future's going to be busy on the Sea Of Cortez and investors from all over the world, are already busy there building hotels, condos, golf courses and big resorts.

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