Unless you're in a huge hurry, which doesn't bode well for a cruising lifestyle, I'd recommend you plan to spend time in the Sea of Cortez
on your way south. You'll find the weather
agreeable, the water
azure blue and clear and the possibilities for exploration endless. La Paz
is a peaceful working town with a wonderfully long Malecon and friendly people. It provides a great spot to do re-provisioning and any needed repairs
during your forays to the islands and anchorages just off the coast or for trips further up to the many bays and anchorages further to the north. The cruising is laid back and the crowds are minimal to non-existent. Fishing
and snorkeling are great and one could spend several years exploring without ever seeing it all.
As you travel south from Mexico
, if you have an opportunity to do a bus trip into the highlands of Guatemala, you might enjoy the beauty of the country side and the the charm of the indigenous Mayan people. Each area in the highlands is unique when it comes to the dress of the inhabitants and the dialects of Quiche spoken. It is easiest to travel to Guatemala City by tourist bus and then take the local buses to the towns and villages. While Antigua
is close by and should not be missed, I'd also recommend seeing Totonicapan, Huehuetenango, Solola, Nebaj and Santa Cruz
del Quiche. If you have time for exploration of Mayan ruins, you should see about trips to Coban and Tikal, just as teasers. Supplementing cruising with overland travels is a great way to get to know an area you are traveling through.
Nicaragua and Costa Rica are both beautiful, but are becoming well developed along their coasts with a goodly amount of expat investments. Whenever possible try to visit interior
areas to get a more comprehensive feel for the flavor of each locale.