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 Mexico - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -5 (east coast), UTC -7 (Baja California Sur), UTC -8 (Baja California Norte, summer time UTC -7 start April to end October).

Electrical Supply

Voltage: 127 V

Frequency: 60 Hz


Nuevo peso (NP$) of 100 centavos.

Cruisers warn of cards being compromised in Mexico, and advising the use of "in-bank" ATMs only.


International dialing code for Mexico is +52.

SSB Nets
See Pacific List of Radio Nets
North Mexico - South Bound - 6516 kHz @ 0045 Zulu
North Mexico - Picante - 6212 kHz @ 1330 Zulu
Mexico - Sonrisa (HAM) - 3968 LSB @ 1330 Zulu
Mexico - Amigo - 8122 kHz @ 1400 Zulu
Mexico - Chubasco (HAM) - 7294 LSB @ 1445 Zulu
Pan Pacific Net (from Mexico to Peru) - 8143 or 6230 kHz @ 1400 Zulu

Northwest Caribbean Net, 1400 UTC 6209 USB, alternates 6212 and 6516, 7 days/wk. Generally covers Providencia north to Mexico on the Carib side, including Providencia, San Andreas, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Caymans. They often follow boats all the way home to Key West through Galveston on the US coast, and sometimes boats heading south will continue to check in down to Panama, but not often.

Low-cost Mexico cell phone service. rangeRoamer provides short-term cell phone service for international travelers.Buy, Rent, or use your own cell phone


Using buses to explore Inland in Mexico
This page gives the names and links for all the bus companies that serve the major Mexican ports that are the best jumping-off points for seeing Mexico's beautiful colonial cities (Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Morelia, San Cristobal de las Casas and Antigua Guatemala) and the ancient Zapotec ruins (Mitla and Monte Alban in Oaxaca and Palenque in Chiapas). It also describes what to expect when getting on a bus and how to prepare for those 8 to 14 hour bus rides.

Diplomatic Missions


Emergencies (Police, Ambulance, Fire) - Dial 060


IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for users via World Cruising Club

Mazatlan Cruiser's Guide
$3 USD from various outlets in Mazatlan.
See report for more information.

First Timer's Guide to Mexico
Updated every year in June, this PDF booklet contains the most recent information available about travelling to Mexico by boat.

Cruising Guide to Belize and Mexico's Caribbean Coast, including Guatemala's Rio Dulce
By Freya Rausche
Publisher: Windmill Hill Books; 2nd edition (2004)
ISBN-13: 978-0975575307
304 page volume provides exhaustive information for navigating along the coast of Belize, Mexico's Quintana Roo, the many offshore reefs and cayes, and Guatemala's Rio Dulce.

Charlie's Charts of the Western Coast of Mexico
By Charles and Margo Wood
Publisher: Charlie's Charts; 12th edition (2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0968637036
This cruising guide for yachtsmen cruising Mexico's west coast has been a reliable source of information for 25 years. It provides information about safe anchorages, marina facilities, entry procedures, provisions and sources of fuel, propane and repair facilites.
Features of this edition are the development of marina facilities in San Jose del Cabo, San Blas and La Cruz. It covers the marinas and anchorages from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, north in the Sea of Cortez to San Felipe and south along the mainland coast to Puerto Chiapas/Puerto Madero (the southernmost port in Mexico)

Cruising Ports: The Central American Route
By Pat Rains
Published by Point Loma Publishing (New 6.5 edition - June 2013)
See for further details.
This book covers Pacific Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Pacific Panama) plus Mexico’s Gulf Coast to Veracruz, then NW Yucatan, NW Cuba, Yucatan Channel, Belize, Rio Dulce, Honduras and the Bay Islands, the Western Caribbean islands & banks, Panama’s Caribbean cruising grounds. This book culminates in Panama Canal Transit.

Mexico Boating Guide
By Pat Rains
Publisher: Point Loma Publishing; 3rd Edition (2013)
Updated available for 2015 at Point Loma Publishing This nautical guidebook for cruising boaters covers both sides of Baja, the entire Sea of Cortez (expanded coverage), then continues down the Pacific mainland (Topolobampo, Mazatlan, San Blas, Puerto Vallarta, the Gold Coast, Barra Navidad, Manzanillo, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, Huatulco to the Guatemala border. Cruising anchorages, villages, ports for fuel & provisions, all the marinas, haul-out yards, local services.

The Sea of Cortez - A Cruiser's Guide
By Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer
Published by Blue Latitude Press - 2nd Edition(2009)
ISBN 9780980090116
A comprehensive guide detailing the remote and pristine anchorages of the Baja peninsula and Mexican mainland within the Sea of Cortez. Important cruising information such as weather, HAM and SSB radio nets, customs and immigration information, marina locations and layouts, fuel availablity, boat haulout facilities and marine chandleries are among many of the features detailed throughout this guide.

Pacific Mexico
A Cruiser’s Guidebook
By Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer
Published by Blue Latitude Press
ISBN 978-0-9800901-2-3
This is a comprehensive guide detailing the anchorages and harbors of the Pacific mainland coast. It contains in depth coverage of the harbors and anchorages used by cruising boats travelling along the Mexican mainland coast from Mazatlán to Zihuatanejo.
See the details in the Noonsite review

Explore Central America - Part 2
Continually updated guides available in PDF, EPUB, MOBI. Go to

The most comprehensive guides ever written about cruising the Pacific coast of Central America from Mexico to the Panama Canal. In a two part set, these books provide over 325 GPS waypoints, over 112 charts and city maps, detailed weather descriptions, forecasting information and surfing locations. These books highlight dozens of anchorages not in other books and tons of local information that sailors care about. Also included are detailed procedures for clearing into and out of the Central American countries as well as Ecuador, the Galapagos and Mexico.

Western Coast of Mexico including Baja
By Charles Wood
Publisher Charlies Charts - 12th Edition (2009)
ISBN 9780968637036
For over 27 years this has been the definitive guide to cruising Mexico. It covers the marinas and anchorages from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, north in the Sea of Cortez to San Felipe and south along the mainland coast to Puerto Chiapas/Puerto Madero (the southernmost port in Mexico). Rapid changes in marina facilities, telephone numbers and email addresses have resulted in 92 pages being changed since the last edition. The 30-page introduction provides information on topics such as entry procedures, fuel stations, firearms, provisions, money and even Montezuma's Revenge. It includes Janet Steele's Mexico A to Z with many helpful hints for shopping and getting along in Mexico

Mexican Consulate boating information
Mexico Baja boating information.

Ministry of Tourism.

A guide for cruisers
This site contains a huge collection of tips for cruising Mexico in your own boat.

Maps of Anchorages in Mexico

Insiders Guide to Mexico

Travelling Inland in Mexico
Places to visit when cruising the coast.

Using buses to explore Inland in Mexico
A useful guide for exploring more of Mexico than just the coastal area.

Road Less Travelled
SY Groovy cruised Mexico from 2010-2013. Their sailing blog contains alot of useful information on cruising Mexico.

Jacaranda Journey
Chuck Houlihan & Linda Edeiken left San Diego in 2005 and spent 7 years cruising Mexico. In 2013 they headed south and have since explored Central America and South America with plans to explore Chile in 2015. Their blog has excellent passage notes and trip reports.

Update History

August 2013: TIP info. for boats owned by companies provided by Amanada Hilsdon of Alex Thomson Racing.
June 2013: Fees and TIP info. updated by Catherine Duning 
January 2013: TIP information updated with feedback from Trevor Lusty reporting from Puerto Madero and Dan Freeman from La Paz.
November 2012:Correct of cost of fishing licence from Cathie Kerr of schooner Windjammer.
October 2012: Information on new Immigration rules posted, however currently how to implement these has not been circulated to the various ports of entry.
July 2012: Clarification of regulations for clearance and immigration from Richard Spindler of Latitude 38.
May 2012: Documents updated with correct information about the Richard & Eveline Schooling of SV Aluna.
May 2012: Immigration updated with news from Islas Mujeres cruisers that tourist card granted on arrival from Cuba with no problems, thanks to Richard Schooling for this information.
April 2012: Verification from Latitude 38 that a Zarpe has never been asked for on Pacific side of Mexico.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 28, 2014 01:49 PM

If using Navionics to navigate in Mexico waters, Latitude 38 report that chart data on which the Navionics charts are based are sometimes off by a significant amount. It is recommended if relying on digital charts, to do a Google Earth overlay of a chart to ensure the coastline is correct, particularly if navigating near islands and at night. See the Latitude 38 article about this at

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 31, 2014 09:53 PM

Latitude 38 are warning cruisers planning on joining the annual fall migration to Mexico, to hold off on completing paperwork in advance. The problem is that Banjercito (the Mexican military bank) adopted their web page from the web page for automobiles crossing into Mexico. Aduana (Customs) is working to get them to change the website now. It's recommended that cruisers wait until the end of September or even early October to apply for their TIP once the Banjercito web site has been properly amended for yachts. Read more about this at

Royce says:
Jan 31, 2015 10:15 AM

The web link for the online TIP does work correctly. The address is right but clicking the link confuses their server. Instead, go to their home page, paste 'Importacion Temporal de Embarcaciones' into the Google search bar and click <Buscar>. This will take you to the right page, in fact the same address as listed above.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 29, 2015 04:47 PM

Meat seizure in Mexico: Taken from Yahoo Group Cruisers Network Online
On Saturday, March 14, 2015 we cleared in to Mexico, Puerto Morelos, on our sailboat, Sea Schell, from Belize. Most of the officials were very polite, friendly, efficient and professional.

The woman from SAGARPA came aboard and started looking into everything. In our freezer she found several pounds of frozen meats for our personal consumption. Most of the meats were still labeled in their grocery store packaging and identified as being products of Belize. She said that she was required to seize and destroy any meats not labeled as having been inspected by the USDA, the Mexican department of agriculture or the similar agency of another government. The items she seized were: 4 chicken breasts, 2 chicken legs and thighs, pork chops, 1 pound pork stew meat, 4 minute steaks, 1 package turkey coldcuts. All of those items were still in their store packaging with appropriate store labels. In addition she seized the following: 4 breakfast sausages, 2 italian sausages. These items had also been bought at the grocery store in Belize but we had separated them into meal sized plastic bags before freezing.

We had never heard of any regulation that required destruction of meats on our boat for our personal consumption upon entry into Mexico. Friends on other boats clearing in to Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos and San Miguel, Cozumel at approximately the same time and had not had that happen. Marina El Cid reported that they had never heard of such a thing. Detailed searches we did of websites from the Mexican government, tourist information sites and other cruisers showed no similar seizures and no indication that there was such a requirement. When we reported the incident on a radio net that covered all of the northwest Caribbean no one had heard of any such seizure in Mexico or any other country.

When we asked the woman where we could find the regulation she referred us to <> . There is no information on that site that refers to what cruising boats can bring into Mexico.

We are reporting this incident to all the cruising websites that we use to learn how to comply with all government regulations. If there is such a regulation the Mexican government should make it clear to all vessels prior to entering. This news will deter cruisers from visiting El Cid Marina and Puerto Morelos. That’s a shame because the marina is beautiful, the people are wonderful and it’s a great spot to stop to tour Mexico.

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