Unfortunately, it's unlikely that you'll ever see Checking In Procedures ever written from an authorized Mexican government
official. It's also unlikely that all port captains will agree on what the check-in/check-out procedure entails. Whereas it is correct that a vessel is only required to check-in once they arrive in a port with a port captain
, a close friend of mine had taken his boat to Isla Guadalupe and was stopped by the Mexican Navy
. They ordered him to proceed to Isla Cedros and check-in there.
Personally, I'd recommend checking-in in Ensenada where it is very easy (all government
agencies in one building and on one floor - when we did it last December, it took us less than 2 hours to do everything) and then continuing on to Isla Guadalupe.
As much as I love Mexico and as quickly as it is evolving into an industrial nation, there remains isolated areas where discrepancies continue to exist. It is a small and unique price
to pay to visit this remarkable country.
Fair winds and calm seas.