Mexico - General Info
UTC -5 (east coast), UTC -7 (Baja California Sur), UTC -8 (Baja California Norte, summer time UTC -7 start April to end October).
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.
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.
Emergencies (Police, Ambulance, Fire) - Dial 060
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com 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)
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)
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 www.MexicoBoating.com 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)
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)
Sea of Cortez: A Cruiser's Guidebook, is the most up to date, comprehensive guide detailing the remote and pristine anchorages of the Baja peninsula and Mexican mainland within the Sea of Cortez. The harbors and anchorages listed in this guide are illustrated with over 100 GPS accurate chartlets, derived from satellite photography and first-hand exploration. GPS waypoints, along with prime anchorage locations, accompany each chartlet. 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. And because cruising doesn't stop when the hook is dropped or the docklines are made fast, also included are city maps, grocery store locations, hiking trails, dive and snorkel sites and more. Sample itineraries have been included, based on different schedules to help you make the most out of your time while boating within the Sea of Cortez. Vivid color photography, illustrating the serene beauty and life of the Sea of Cortez, makes this book not only a valuable aid to mariners, but also a fantastic way to plan your next trip or just to daydream of sunny days in the Sea of Cortez
A Cruiser’s Guidebook
By Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer
Published by Blue Latitude Press
Pacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guidebook, is the most up to date and comprehensive guide detailing the anchorages and harbors of the Pacific mainland coast. The guide contains in depth coverage of the harbors and anchorages used by cruising boats travelling along the Mexican mainland coast from Mazatlán to Zihuatanejo. For boats continuing south towards Central America, harbor charts are included for this more remote section of coast. In an area where the official government charts can be up to two miles off, boaters can travel with confidence knowing that the locations described in this guide are illustrated with 72 original GPS accurate chartlets featuring detail not available elsewhere. Chartlets are derived from current surveys, satellite photography, US and Mexican topographic and bathymetric data, as well as the author's first-hand exploration. GPS waypoints including prime anchorage locations, approaches, and navigational hazards accompany each chartlet. Detailed charts don't necessary tell the whole story, so the authors have also included stunning color photography, high resolution aerial photos, and annotated approach photos. And since the cruising life doesn't stop once the anchor is dropped or the dock lines are made fast, detailed city maps, marina guides, fuel, stops, provisioning locations, surf breaks, hiking trails, dive and snorkel sites and much more are also included with each location, helping voyagers make the most of their time on this beautiful and friendly coast. Important cruising information such as weather, ham and SSB radio nets, customs and immigration information, marina locations and layouts, fuel availability, boat haulout facilities, and marine chandleries are among many of the features detailed throughout. Sample itineraries are also included to fit a variety of boater's schedules to help insure that readers don't miss a thing while exploring the Pacific mainland coast.
See the details in the Noonsite review
Explore Central America - Part 2
Continually updated guides available in PDF, EPUB, MOBI. Go to www.svsarana.com
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)
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
www.bajainsider.com Mexico Baja boating information.
A guide for cruisers This site contains a huge collection of tips for cruising Mexico in your own boat.
Road Less Travelled A sailing blog containing useful information on 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.
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.
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