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; 3rd Revised edition (April 2007)
ISBN- 13: 978-0975575314
This completely updated guide provides detailed piloting information for navigating from Mexico's Isla Mujeres and Cozumel to Belize and Guatemala's Rio Dulce, including the many offshore cays and reefs. GPS waypoints locate all harbor entrances and anchorages, complete with 117 original sketch charts, 185 photos featuring 16-pages of color photographs, many aerials and two large folded charts showing the entire area.
Charlie's Charts of the Western Coast of Mexico
By Charles and Margo Wood
Publisher: Charlie's Charts; 13th Edition (2013)
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 e-mail 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.
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)
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)
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.
A Cruiser’s Guidebook
By Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer
Published by Blue Latitude Press
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 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
Mexico Baja boating information.
A guide for cruisers
This site contains a huge collection of tips for cruising Mexico in your own boat.
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.
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.
Bahamas – Sea of Cortez Comparison
The Sea of Cortez is a popular first stop for cruisers coming from the West Coast of the US while the Bahamas are popular with East Coast cruisers. Both are great and popular cruising grounds and very different from one another. Carolyn Shearlock has cruised both areas on her own boat.
November 2016: Cancelling a TIP information added to 'Documents'.
September 2016: All formalities checked/updated.
October 2015: Medication information added to health section from Latitude 38.
June 2015: Publications checked.
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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