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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.

The Latest Cruising News

Checking into Mexico in Cabo San Lucas

girls in Cabo San Lucas

A lot of sailors are under the impression that checking into Mexico in Cabo San Lucas is impossible or difficult. There are a few changes in the procedure for checking in there.

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Who’s Who in this Mexico Gathering?

Who's Who in Mexico Gathering

The Baja Ha-Ha celebrates cruising everywhere in Mexico, including racing off Zihua to raise money for Sail Fest.

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Nada Ha-Ha or Panama Posse: Mexico Is Calling

Catching fish during Nada Ha-Ha

“Light air, heavy air, clouds, sun and tons of fun.” This is how Nada Ha-Ha organizer Patsy Verhoeven described the 750-mile passage from San Diego to the tip of the Baja Peninsula.

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Baja Ha-Ha’s Poobah Celebrates Cruising to Mexico

When I first visited in the 1970s, we gave the Mexican ranch hands a case of beer. They reciprocated by inviting us to dinner . . .

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Nada Ha-Ha Fleet Departs Today

Nada Ha-Ha

San Diego produced pea-soup fog for today’s start to the Nada Ha-Ha.

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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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Paradise Village Marina — Nuevo Vallarta

Slips: 200, from 26 to 240 ft
Harbormaster Dick Markie
phone: 011-52 (322) 226-6728
VHF: channel 16

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

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


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


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