PUERTO PENSACO – With four marinas and a long history of freedom from hurricanes, most U.S. boaters summering over in Mexico already know a bit about Puerto Peñasco, the northernmost boat harbor in the Sea of Cortez.
The Mexico cruising “Class of 2014” will be the first to use the revamped TIPs -- or Temporary Import Permits -- for U.S. or non-resident boaters entering Mexican waters for the first time. Last year, problems with the TIP form – which ordinarily allows boaters to keep their vessels in Mexico tax free for up to 10 years – inadvertently lead tax investigators to impound 330 yachts in nine marinas.
November 1 is the traditional start of winter cruising season along Pacific Mexico, because that’s when hurricane season (June 1 through October 31) is supposed to be over.
Dreaming of cruising Mexico? This fall, more than 25,000 U.S. boat owners are making plans for their adventures down south. Whether you own an ocean-going yacht or a fishing skiff on a trailer, you’ll be happiest if you prepare before you go.
ENSENADA – A new desalinization plant south of Ensenada has just started construction, and although it’s not slated to be completed until 2016, a spokesman for the port captain’s office said any new hazards to recreational boaters will be marked with lighted buoys.
MEXICO CITY – A feasibility study to protect the national supply of yellowfin tuna is considering an exclusion zone, a fishing ban and a quota or catch limit on that species along southern Mexico waters.
The cruise, for sailboats 40-feet and larger, would start in San Diego and end at Barra de Navidad in the heart of Mexico’s “Gold Coast” cruising grounds -- with stops at other ports with secure marinas.
The new $23 online permit is required for pleasureboats crossing the border to fish or whale-watch in Mexico waters, but not for those who simply transit Mexico waters.
Right now, more than 4,000 West Coast recreational boaters -- commonly referred to as “yatistas” -- are preparing to head south this fall into Mexican waters.
Boaters can enjoy wine tastings from the region’s top wineries and great traditional cuisine at Hotel Coral and Marina’s Fiestas del Mar celebration, April 20 in Ensenada.
What do first-timers really need to know about cruising in Mexico? What surprises do they have in store? What should they take along? Here's what experienced cruisers had to say.
Fees charged for all vessels that transit the Panama Canal are scheduled to increase dramatically on Oct. 1, so cruisers planning to “switch oceans” might want to plan their passage through the canal for September.
The third annual Cabo Marine Show is scheduled July 5-7 at a new location: IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas, docks K-M. The boat show will be open to the public and will feature exhibitions from more than 50 local and international vendors.
CONANP, Mexico's federal commission that protects designated nature zones, is counting exactly how many PWCs, jet boats, water taxis and excursion charter boats zoom in, out and around the iconic landmark arches at Land’s End -- and how that traffic affects protected flora and fauna.
La Marina Acapulco (formerly known as La Marina de Acapulco) has new owners who opened new docks in December, alleviating the port’s shortage of guest slips.