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Heading South: Latitude 38's Guide to Sailing and Cruising the Coast of Mexico and Central America

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Sailors Attract Sailors — Sometimes in Unexpected Places

While walking in Arizona, Pat McIntosh spotted a sailing dingy tied to a car roof. “Who’s got the car with the sailboat on top out here?” All the RV’ers looked at me as if they had never heard of a sailboat before.

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Should I Sail Away? What Would You Do?

Sailors often ponder the question of whether to stay put, or sail away. Some know the answer before the question even arises, while others take time to deliberate. What would you do?

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Festival de Veleros in Barra de Navidad Is on for February 21-27

Cruise-in-week Fiesta de Veleros

While the word cruising suggests lounging on the aft deck or reading a book in a hammock, Fiesta de Veleros continues a long tradition of cruisers who appreciate the hospitality of the local Mexican community and give thanks by giving back.

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Ticket to Ride: Frank and Mary Grace Stitch Head West to Hawaii

Frank and Mary Grace Stitch

Sailing to Hawaii was not even Plan B for Frank and Mary Grace Stitch when they took possession of their new HH55 catamaran, Ticket to Ride.

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Sea of Cortez and Tahiti Updates: It’s All Different but the Same as Ever

Andy & Julie Turpin Little Wing

The glorious Sea of Cortez is calling. It is as beautiful as always and unaffected by the pandemic. However, ashore in La Paz, COVID restrictions are in full force with masks required indoors and outdoors.

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Cruising Resources - Articles From the Latitude 38 Archives

Read the 2020 First Timer’s Guide to Mexico

First Timer's Guide to Mexico
First Timer's Guide to Mexico

Latitude 38's First Timer's Guide to Mexico Update for 2020.

Why Cruise Mexico?

Walk the docks of any marina from Vancouver to San Diego this summer and you're likely to find dozens of sailors fitting out their boats for extended cruising. Where are they headed? While some undoubtedly have lofty dreams of eventually cruising the South Pacific, the Caribbean or the Med, destination numero uno for almost all of them is Mexico.

Fitting Out: The Cruisers Back Porch

A centuries-old adage claims, "You can tell a lot about a sailor by the cut of his jib." But when it comes to modern cruisers, nothing reveals more about their sailing style than the 'back porch' of their boat. That is, the stern section, which may house everything from solar panels to surfboards, and barbecues to radar domes.


Favorite Sailing Apps

One of the frustrating aspects of living in this 'app-happy' era of endless innovation is that is it seems almost impossible to keep up with the latest, greatest developments in technology — including smartphone, tablet and computer software related to boating.


The Info on AIS

Now more than ever, the modern sailor has lots to choose from when it comes to navigation and safety instruments. Communication devices such as the Iridium GO! and Garmin inReach (which also has GPS capabilities) have complemented the single-sideband radio and VHF. Chartplotters have digitized and dramatically simplified navigation, and radar has long been an important tool for identifying marine traffic, obstacles and weather.

Offshore Communication

With the ever-expanding assortment of communications devices designed for offshore sailing, comes the dilemma of deciding which ones belong on your 'must-have' list, and which ones you can live without — especially if you're on a limited budget. With that in mind, we'll share some tips and insights here that we hope will reduce your befuddlement.


Communications: Idiots Guide to SSB 

Despite several advances in offshore voice communications such as satphones, marine single sideband (SSB) isn't going away anytime soon. That's because SSB, unlike satphones, allows an unlimited number of people to listen to a transmission at the same time.

Small Boat Adventuring in the Sea of Cortez

You don't have to own a fully equipped 50-ft cruising boat to enjoy the spectacular Sea of Cortez, a vast, sparsely developed wonderland for sailors and adventurers.

Latitude reader Derek Rice and a buddy recently had big fun tapping into the region's magic aboard a 44-year-old Catalina 22 daysailer.


Cruising Notes—Things to Know Before You Go

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Marina El Cid — Mazatlan
Slips: 90, from 30 to 120 ft; end ties: 4
Harbormaster Gerónimo Cevallos
phone: 011-52 (669) 916-3468,
US free 1-855-513-4080
VHF: channel 16

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Marina Puerto Los Cabos — San Jose del Cabo

Slips 200, from 30-260 ft
Assist. Manager Anibal de Iturbide
011-52 (624) 105-6028
toll-free 01 855-578-6222
VHF channel 22 A

Marina Coral — Ensenada

Slips 353, from 30 to 109 ft, end ties: 64 to 100 ft
harbormaster Fito Espinoza
phone toll-free from the US (866) 302-0066,
01-152 (646) 175-0050
fax 011-52 (646) 175-0058
VHF channel 71

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Marina de La Paz — La Paz
Slips: 110, from 30 to 200 ft
Harbormaster Neil Shroyer
phone: 011-52 (612) 122-1646
fax: 011-52 (612) 125-5900
VHF: channel 16


Marina Costa Baja — La Paz

Slips 250, from 30 to 200 ft
Manager Gabriel Ley
Phone 011-52 (612) 121-6225
Toll free (888) 866 9394, (800) 200-0281