When I checked in at Ensenada last year, it took 40 minutes on Christmas
Eve for a tourist card, TIP, Fishing License, and Customs
. I was shepherded by Jonathan from Cruiseport Marina along with another couple from Canada
. I didn't pay a boat fee as I was under 3 tons. While liability insurance
is required, I only needed to show liability insurance for the marinas
(Cruiseport, Marina La Paz
and La Cruz). I bought liability insurance online while I was in San Diego
through ACE Seguros.
I was boarded a few times and had a drug dog search at the dock
at Tres Marias. No Mexican official ever asked for insurance papers, just boat documentation
, passport, and tourist card. Was never asked to show a fishing license.
I never checked into or out of any port although you can do it on the radio
with a little Spanish. Different port captains have different opinions on procedure. Every one is a fiefdom, but what Mexico
City says and what the port captains say can be two different things. It was suggested by Jonathan to do it the old way just to be safe and avoid issues. I ignored the advice.
There are also API anchor fees
collected inconsistently at check out depending on which port you use when exiting the country. Was 11 pesos a day or about $150 for six months less any days in a marina, on the hard
or API fees
collected locally (Puerto Escondido waiting room anchorage). Marinas
collect the API fee in the slip fee. Keep all your receipts organized.
at Cabo was $138 pesos per night but not collected regularly. Fonatur comes out in a launch and makes the rounds when there are a few boats. You can pay at the boat. The anchorage isn't worth the cost. Too many swells and jetskis. Next time I'll skip Cabo San Lucas.