New & Improved Marina Puerto Escondido

The marina near Loreto benefits from an ownership group that loves to go boating.

  Boaters will be glad to know that the new owners of Marina Puerto Escondido — brothers Jeff and Curt Hamann and partner Enrique Salcedo — are experienced boaters.

Jeff Hamann and his family are well known in the U.S. commercial construction and property management industry. Hamann Group specializes in “green buildings” that incorporate the latest in renewable energy and sustainable technology. Located in San Diego, the group manages about 5 million square feet of commercial property around the U.S. Southwest.

“My love for boating and fishing in Baja really started while I was still in junior high school,” Jeff Hamann said. He said he and his father, Robert Hamann, used to travel all around Baja, often in their Piper Cherokee Lance. He recalled flying down to Loreto and landing in the river bed, where he and his family stayed nearby at Ed Tabor’s Flying Sportsman’s Lodge. The Hamanns later cruised Mexico and visited Puerto Escondido in their 50-foot Prout Quasar catamaran, Gloriamaris.

The Hamann family has a long and happy relationship with Puerto Escondido, so purchasing Fonatur’s massive property there was a natural evolution.

Enrique Salcedo, who served as president of the Mexican Marina Association for the past two years, is the Hamanns’ partner in Marina Puerto Escondido. He graduated with a degree in business administration from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Guadalajara and started working in his family’s business in the latex industry in 2005.

“Then we started building real estate developments in Guadalajara, Mexico. Our partners, the Hamanns, have been family friends for 15 years,” Salcedo said. “We’ve always loved the ocean since I was very young. We went to the beaches every holiday, and I loved to go fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and all those fun activities.”

The naturally enclosed 1-mile bay at Puerto Escondido — at the center of the vast Loreto National Marine Park and 15 miles south of the town of Loreto — serves the Sea of Cortez boating community as a summer hurricane hole, and year-round the marina facilities attract boaters to the fuel dock, boat repair yard, marina slips, moorings, launch ramp with parking, dry storage yard and, nearby, the Tripui RV park.

This property was one of Mexico’s “chain of marinas,” developed in the 1980s by Fonatur (National Fund for the Fomentation of Tourism), which created the oval Ellipse basin with a concrete launch ramp and a municipal water supply. To stabilize the entrance channel from the Ellipse into the main part of the bay, it built a lighted breakwater. Ashore it laid a grid of paved residential streets, about 20 blocks worth of building lots that have never been developed. In the tidal zone, Fonatur carved several navigable boat channels, lined with concrete sea walls, that formed two new islands — all in the southwest corner of the Main Bay.

Today the Main Bay contains Fonatur’s fairly new 20-slip marina, plus an even newer enclosed marina with 35 slips behind the boatyard. Out near the “Windows,” boaters can rent one of 37 recently upgraded mooring buoys, including five larger moorings for boats up to 100 feet.
Dockmaster Javier Fuerte is in charge of the everyday operations of the very active marina, fuel dock and boatyard. The boat repair yard has several buildings and a 50-ton Travelift, a large dry storage yard with a concrete floor and covered boat storage.

The 250-foot-wide entrance channel between the Ellipse and the Main Bay is being dredged to 13 feet at zero tide.

“We will be putting in approximately 80 more full-service slips (100-, 50- and 30-amp power, water, Wi-Fi) for boats up to 200 feet,” Salcedo said. Planned to be completed by November 2017, the new Canadian-made slips will extend north and west from the existing marina docks in front of the marina office buildings. A new floating concrete breakwater made in Ireland will protect the new slips, Salcedo said.

Shoreside, the new owners bought all of Fonatur’s signature two-story blue-glass buildings, which house the marina office, a grocery store, two restaurants, a laundry room, showers, a cruisers’ library, an art gallery and a swimming pool with a patio lounge.

“The fuel dock will stay where it is presently located, but it might be lengthened,” Hamann said. In the marina’s second phase of expansion, new docks and slips may also be built in the Ellipse, to be overlooked by upscale condos with shops and restaurants on the ground floor.

“We plan to have nice custom homes on one of the islands,” Hamann said. Artist renditions show 19 lots on the island formed by existing canals, each lot with a private dock for a boat up to 100 feet LOA. The residential phase is to include a beach club with a restaurant, spa and gym for homeowners, plus a boutique hotel and condominiums.

The second island could be developed for residences as well.

The model canal-front homes shown on the marina’s website look very much like those presently lining three residential boat canals at Cabo Blanco Marina in Barra Navidad, Jalisco.

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3 thoughts on “New & Improved Marina Puerto Escondido

  1. As a long time Baja traveler, I have taken the quick trip from the main road over to Puerto Escondido to admirer this pleasant slice of paradise. You can watch needle fish swim in the calm waters from the marina shore. The Sea of Cortez is just as John Steinbeck described and more. I highly enjoyed a hotel close by named Tripui, including a great restaurant and RV park. The views of the Gigante Mountain range are amazing! Check it out

  2. Jeff Hamann,

    Do you remember the twin engine airplane that was used to fly tourists to and from the Flying Sportsman lodge? It was an old military bomber, I think it landed gear up. It sat in the river bed for years. Kids threw rocks at it, the fuselage was full of rocks when I saw it in 1971. I remember turning the prop on one of the engines.
    Do you have any photos of the plane?
    Thanks! Steve Robertson

    • As I recall based of many years of visiting Loreto Ed Tabor had B 25 Mitchell’s. Mr. Taber was World War II bomber pilot and had purchased surplus planes He had two B 25s towards end of their lifespan one was sold to the movie Catch 22.
      The planes were later replaced with DC 3 That had Safari Cllub posted on the fuselage
      My father and the Enrique Ortega Sr. and Ed Taber were partners in the DC 3. International travel service located in Los Angeles was one of the primary sources of tourism to the Baja Owned and operatoted tby my father mentioned above.
      They wonderful history I hope you enjoy


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