In a few months we will be departing Key West
with our ultimate destination
the Rio Dulce, Guatemala
. we last did this trip in 2008 so I need some RECENT info.
Our first stop will be Isla Mujeres and I'm cool with the clear in (ie zarpe/CBP1300 from US etc) but not sure how to clear out! When we did it last you could clear out of Xcalak then bop down into San Pedro Belize
, but now one CANNOT CLEAR OUT of Mexico
from Xcalak. So how does one clear out of Mexico
heading South? And still get to stop in all the interesting spots (Bahia Ascencion etc)
I spoke with one of the Isla marinas
and they say you can clear out of Isla then just head
on down, stopping when you need to, but I dunno..... Can you hang out somewhere for a week waiting for weather
? Ok to get off the boat? Do you get the Mexican officials to list possible potential stops in Mexico on your Zarpe? Does Belize
Have any issues with any of this?
One alternative is to gunkhole the Mexican coast then return to Isla, clear out, then zip on down to Belize, at worst anchoring
overnight while remaining on the boat...would that work? I suppose PuertoAdventuras (which is closer )would also work but Isla has more experience with sailboat clearance ( I think). What Would the Mexican officials find acceptable?
My goal is twofold...enjoy the Mexican coast leisurely, clear out legally with minimal stress. Time isn't a factor, unless we bump into hurricane
season( then scoot down to the Rio)
So what has anyone else done?