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

Cruising News for Mexico and Beyond

Baja Ha-Ha 2020

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

Fiji Opens Up to Cruisers

Malolo sailing

A bit of good news for cruising sailors out there: The South Pacific island nation of Fiji once again opens its doors to cruising yachts and super-yachts.

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South Pacific Wind Shift: Beginning of the End of Lockdown

Nuku Hiva anchorage

Andy Turpin writes in from Nuku Hiva about a slow easing of restrictions on South Pacific cruising.

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Where Would You Find a Copy of Latitude 38 in La Paz?

Rich Boren

La Paz Cruisers Supply is distributing the April issue of Latitude 38 in La Paz Mexico.

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March Is Mexico Time in the April Edition of Latitude 38

Bill Hardesty Hobie 33 Sizzle

Read Paul Martson’s feature on the PVRace and MexORC in the current, April issue of Latitude 38.

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Updates from Fiji and French Polynesia

Tabu Soro Anchored

John Dinwiddie and Diane Brown aboard the Hans Christian 38T Tabu Soro checked in from Fiji.

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Cruising Resources

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 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 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
VHF: channel 16

Marina Cortez La Paz
50 slips
Marina Harbor Master Office +52 612 123 4101
Cel+52 (1) 612 157 0013 La Paz, BCS, Mexico

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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