I would love to cruise
Mexico, but information on the East coast
of Mexico from Pt Isabel. TX to Tampico is unavailable.
There is a fantastic oportunity for Mexico to turn its east coast
into a cash cow. But nothing is being done about it.
People that live on the gulf coast
of the US are limited to three types of cruising, the Caribbean
(too far to go) the gulf coast
itself (not very interesting), and Florida
(too expensive). The east coast of Mexico is a short easy cruise
that even amateures could handle from the end of the GIWW at Port Isabel. There are several interesting ports
on the east coast such as La Pesca, but there is no information on how to get there AND..aparently its not legal
to go there without FIRST going all the way to Tampico to get cleared into the country. That requires backtracking. The Mexican government
should have some sort of temporary clearance that can ge obtained in Pt Isabel at the consolate and that allows cruising the coast and stoping is the various small ports
on the way to Tampico where an official clearing in could be done.
BUT....even this knowledge that I exibit on this subject took two years to glean from other sailors that had gone before me. There seems to be no official source for such information and even the officials at Pt Isabel have conflicting information as they are consolate people and are not familiar with cruising and clearance procedures.
BTW, the requirement for a fishing license
that costs a fortune even if you are not fishing
and dont have fishing gear
onboard & requiring one for every boat including your dinghy
and your lifeboat is adding insult to injury.
I guess its different on the west coast
, but the miriad of conflicting advice and impropperly applied regulations
on the east coast scares most boaters away from the area.