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

Cruising News for Mexico and Beyond

2020 Nada Ha-Ha

Nada Ha-Ha

With the cancelation of the  2020 Baja Ha-Ha, Patsy 'La Reina del la Mar' Verhoeven of the Gulfstar 50 Talion has formed the Nada Ha-Ha, which is an independent radio-based ultra-light version of the Ha-Ha.

2020 Baja Ha-Ha - Canceled

The Baja Ha-Ha is the 750-mile cruisers' rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, with R&R stops along the way at funky Turtle Bay and spectacular Bahia Santa Maria.

The Latest Cruising News

Can You Help Brian Help Eduardo?

No tourists now, no trips, no income. Like many Mexicans, Eduardo is hunkered down doing the best he can with odd jobs.

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Hurricane Season Lines Them Up

Bowling pins

The middle of September is the peak hurricane period. Given this year’s hurricane forecast, it’s no surprise that there’s so much action.

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The 2020 Baja Ha-Ha XXVII has Been Canceled. The Nada Ha-Ha Is On.

Caleta Partida

The 27th Baja Ha-Ha has been canceled yet many plan to cruise to Mexico as part of the Nada Ha-Ha or on their own.

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Mexico Cruising Update from South of the Border

At anchor in Yelapa, Mexico

There are many considerations for deciding whether to cruise to Mexico this year.

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Baja Ha-Ha & Mexico Cruising

We hope to see you cruising in Mexico and enjoying La Buena Vida en El Mar. The people are fabulous, the country is gorgeous, and the cruising is fantastic.

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Cruising Resources - Articles From the Latitude 38 Archives

Read the First Timer’s Guide to Mexico

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

By Richard Spindler, Founder of Latitude 38 and Grand Poobah of 26 Baja Ha-Ha's, with help from Patsy Verhoeven, vet of 12 Ha-Ha's.


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 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
email: marinadelapaz@prodigy.net.mx
website: www.marinalapaz.com
VHF: channel 16


 

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
email: gcevallos@elcid.com.mx
website: www.elcidmarinas.com
VHF: channel 16

Paradise Village Marina — Nuevo Vallarta

Slips: 200, from 26 to 240 ft
Harbormaster Dick Markie
phone: 011-52 (322) 226-6728
e-mail: marina@paradisevillagegroup.com
dmarkie@paradisevillagegroup.com
www.paradisevillagemarina.com
VHF: channel 16

Heading south of the border?

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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
email marina@hotelcoral.com
website www.hotelcoral.com
VHF channel 71

Marina Cortez La Paz
50 slips
dockmaster@marinacortez.com
Marina Harbor Master Office +52 612 123 4101
Cel+52 (1) 612 157 0013 La Paz, BCS, Mexico
www.marinacortez.com