Mexico Boating Guide 

Aug 2015: Pg 17 – 20: New website www.sportfishinginmexico.com for International Arrival should be used by all recreational boaters (yatistas) and commercial sportfishers at least 24 hours prior to entering Mexican waters; Mexico’s federal agencies have made it super easy for foreigners (us) to get all our paperwork done in advance. Keep your receipts onboard. Between the Mexican border and Ensenada, do NOT stop or fish unless you already have all your Mexican paperwork & fishing licenses onboard.  Baja Tourism alerts boaters that the Mexican Navy is now enforcing these laws. The Mexican Navy can board any vessels out to 200 n.m. (particularly including the Coronado Islands), can arrest violating vessels (recreational and commercial), can tow law-breaking vessels to Ensenada, can bus any law breakers (passengers, crew) to the US border. Pay attention, folks, and don’t get yourselves swept up along with politico “scoff laws” who continue to ignore Mexico’s maritime laws. 

Feb 2015: Pg. 91 – 92:  Marina Puerto Los Cabos new phone (624) 105-6181 or 6028, email efernandez@puertoloscabos.com Marine Group Boat Works new phone (624) 105-6500. Marina & hotel damaged by hurricanes in 2014 but now fixed and open.

Pg. 115: Marina CostaBaja new phone in marina office is (612) 121-6255. Destination for 2015 CUBAR powerboat rally. New hotel on island between the yacht basins.

Pg. 152 – 153: new Marina Puerto Escondido (photo below R) has 40 slips a sheltered basin behind the boat yard (613) 131-8097  www.MarinaPuertoEscondido.com   Hidden Port Yacht Club reorganized for the scaled back Loreto Fest 2015. Update: We went in May; it was great. Next year 2016 will be  20th annual Loreto Fest, likely to be huge. hiddenportyachtclub.com

Marina Puerto Escondido

Marina Puerto Escondido is new in the harbor.

Pg. 260 – 262: new Marina Isla Cortes (photo below L) has 43 slips in Bahia Altata beyond Puerto Altata. See 2 new GPS charts of Bahia Altata and new channel to Marina Isla Cortes. The marina provides pilot boat for guests www.marinaislacortes.com.mx   New dockmaster Ed Martinez marinaic@gmail.com

Marina Isla Cortes in Bahia Altata

Marina Isla Cortes in Bahia Altata

Pg. 294 – 295:  Marina Vallarta remodel is complete, new website is www.Marina-Vallarta.com.mx  New dockmaster Christian Mancebo (322) 221-0722.  Opequimar Marine Center yard and fuel dock has expanded. New GPS chart of PV municipal harbor.

Pg. 315: new docks to 225′ in Marina Puerto de la Navidad at Barra. New marina phone is (314) 337-9014, www.islanavidad.com.mx

Jan 2015: Santa Rosalia: The original Marina Santa Rosalia was so severely damaged by Hurricane Odile that the owners decided not to repair it again; it’s essentially closed. Fortunately, the Fonatur marina and fuel dock in Santa Rosalia is open and doing well.

Aug 2013: Marina Chiapas (Puerto Chiapas) is hauling yachts out of the water with the brand new  60-ton travel lift, both for repairs or dry storage (paved yard). This new boat yard capability is a huge advantage for cruisers wanting to summer over on the hard in southern Mexico, or needing repairs before or after crossing the Gulf of Tehuantepec. Yes, the Pemex fuel dock is open.  FMI, contact Marina Chiapas, Enrique Laclette www.marina-chiapas.com  tel 9626956144 movil,  tel office (962) 6204038

Puerto Chiapas Travel Lift

Puerto Chiapas Travel Lift

Correction Page 286. Dog leg waypoint between Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita is 20° 56.0′N and 106° 26.0′W, to avoid 20-n.m. security  perimeter around prison islands. New chart published since Aug 2012.

Cruising Ports

Dec. 2013: Pg. 42: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Port Clearance: The new Immigration office is open, so boaters can clear in and out of Nicaragua here.

Page 239: Panama Canal Transit Fees increased for yachts in October 2013.

Page 198: Replace the first paragraph with the following and update the chart: From the Cayo Vivarillo anchorage (15° 50’N, 83°19’W) we clear the south end of the Cayo and then head SE for 75 miles to an offshore waypoint at (15° 14.4’N, 82°16.6’W). This passes 2.5 miles south of the cay at the south end of the Cocorocuma Reefs. From the latter waypoint we trun SSE and lay a course 120 miles to the east side of Isla Providencia. Total distance is 209 n.m. We easily continue from Isla Providencia to Isla San Andrés.

Moskito_Channel corrected