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Old 02-12-2015, 09:35   #1
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Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

Taking a 45ft Cat. From Panama to LaPaz
I need an update on safe refueling ports,
Distances,
Also an update on customs /immigrations
Along the way...
Anybody made this coastal trip lately ?
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Old 02-12-2015, 09:50   #2
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Re: Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

We did this trip in reverse a few years ago.

May I suggest you go online and purchase the two cruising guides by Eric and Sherrill of Sarana? The guides are updated every year and by far the best available for this stretch of coastline up to the Mexican border. For $18 bucks it's well worth every penny

http://www.svsarana.com/central_america_guidebook.php


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Old 02-12-2015, 11:01   #3
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Re: Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

Thanks Chuck,,i have'nt done that trip north for at least 10 years,,,not up to
Date on whats happening along the coast..
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Re: Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

I do know that you are supposed to check into Costa Rico to get fuel, which is a PITA. I just flagged down a fishing boat and made a deal.

The wind can be pretty light until you get to Papagayo area, then keep one hull on the beach. Ditto for the Tehuantepec.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:14   #5
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Re: Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

[QUOTE=donradcliffe;1976735]I do know that you are supposed to check into Costa Rico to get fuel, which is a PITA.


I wonder about that. In Golfito they fuel up all kinds of things. US Navy, fishing boats, sail boats anything that pulls up to the dock.
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Thanks for the help gentlemen,,every little bit counts
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Old 02-12-2015, 18:03   #7
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Well the fuel dock in El Salvador is easy peasy but crossing the bar is not, so ask for a guide over it. Once there, the marina bar is great.
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Re: Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

Get yourself a sailing boat - the fuel lasts a lot longer!
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:09   #9
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Re: Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

For your destination in Mexico, Latitude 38 does a big rally, the Baha haha to Mexico every year and they have lots of great discussions online of Mexico issues including the crackdown a few years ago that caused panic among boat owners and other new topics

Here is their guide

https://www.baja-haha.com/Guide/MexFTG-2015.pdf

For Mexico customs advice, Tere Grossman, President of the Mexican Marina Owners Association. They also own/run the San Carlos Marina.
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Re: Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

La Paz has a fun Cruiser Club at Marina de La Paz.

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Re: Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

In places like CR, you can do all the running around to check in and I don't believe they ever look at your boat. In Nicaragua you pretty much stay on the boat in the marina until everybody shows up from the city. They actually hang out down below for a while. This is a good adventure for them to get out of the office. Good entrance from the sea, up a river a little bit, nice marina and sea side Palapa bar but nothing else. If you are up for an adventure, you could catch a bus from there.
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Re: Panama to La Paz ,Mexico

We left Panama in July, now in Acapulco. Fuel at La Playita by jug, Golfito CR, Quepos, Marina Papagayo, Bahia del Sol (El Salvador), Puerto Madero (Mexico), Bahia Santa Cruz. All the later stops were fuel docks. Only Santa Cruz required a fender board. Details are on our blog as far as Mexico: The Owl and the Pussycat
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