Pacific Hurricane Season 2024: Planning Ahead for Hurricane Holes

With the 2024 eastern Pacific hurricane season approaching, cruisers in that part of the world are starting to discuss their strategies and potential hurricane holes for shelter, should storms strike regions where they are sailing. This report has been shared by the Panama Posse.

Published 2 months ago, updated 1 month ago

Reprinted with Permission from the Panama Posse

Eastern Pacific hurricane season approaching

Cruisers have already started to discuss their hurricane strategies and where they want their vessel and crew to be, come hurricane season.  Some vessels are heading up the coast from Panama and parts in between towards Mexico.  Others are heading south along the coast to Pacific Costa Rica and Panama.  While others still are on the Caribbean side of the route making their way to their ‘spot’ in Colombia – north to Rio Dulce and further north – or sail to Grenada / ABCs. We are going to discuss the Pacific in this segment.

Typical La Niña influence

Pacific Hurricane Strategies

There are a number of options for cruisers to consider.

Pacific hurricane strategies run the gamut with some general markers for cruisers to ponder.

Historic hurricane paths.

On the Pacific Coast of Mexico and other central American countries, there are many options for the hurricane season.  For each location, there are different pros and cons to consider.  In general, between June and November, the further south or north you go there is less to no chance of a hurricane.  However, lightening becomes more of a real risk the further south you go.

SOUTHERN  ZONE

ECUADOR

PANAMA on the Pacific side:

COSTA RICA

NICARAGUA

EL SALVADOR

CENTRAL  ZONE

  • Tehuntapec, Mexico is where the hurricanes usually originate from, on their path north.

Southern Mexico

NORTHERN ZONE

Central to Northern Pacific Mexico & Sea of Cortez

All Mexican marinas on the Pacific Side except for Ensaenda and Puerto Peñasco in the Sea of Cortez are in the bona-fide Hurricane Zone and vessels also occasionally suffer from lightning strikes.

Hurricane paths on the Pacific coast specifically.

Storm Names 2024

These are the names for 2024 storms from NOAA’s National Hurricane Centre:

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chris
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Francine
  • Gordon
  • Helene
  • Isaac
  • Joyce
  • Kirk
  • Leslie
  • Milton
  • Nadine
  • Oscar
  • Patty
  • Rafael
  • Sara
  • Tony
  • Valerie
  • William

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About the Panama Posse

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With hundreds of yachts from 27 different countries, the Panama Posse is one of the largest sailing rallies in the world, navigating through destinations like The Yucatan Peninsula and Barrier Reefs of Belize, Pacific Mexico, Rio Dulce Guatemala, the San Blas Archipelago in Panama, the Bay of Islands Honduras, the jungle-lined coast of Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Jamaica and many more. It’s an opportunity to create lasting friendships, explore diverse cultures, and experience one of the most memorable adventures at sea.

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  1. April 16, 2024 at 7:22 AM

    Lightening means reducing weight.
    Lighting is illumination.

    The visible electrical discharge in a thunder storm is LIGHTNING …. !!!

    1. April 17, 2024 at 5:10 PM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Thanks Alan for picking up on the typo – much apprecaited and now corrected!