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Old 11-03-2013, 05:55   #1
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Best Mexican Port for Half Time Liveaboards

My wife and I are retired with a 43' cutter and are considering half time live aboard status in a Mexican port or ports, commuting back to Wyoming in the summer. What port would give us the best bang for our buck, considering safety, boat storage and commuting? My wife is Puerto Rican, fluent in Spanish with Latin "street smarts". We enjoy local cultures, so we are not looking for a "gringo ghetto", but wouldn't rule out a port because of that, but definitely want to avoid the expensive "tourist traps". We are open to new ideas, local food and drink and fiestas. We prefer anchoring or mooring out for the privacy, breeze and cost benefits. What information have I left out? George
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:23   #3
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Re: Best Mexican Port for Half Time Liveaboards

For cheap travel, a lovely town, good sailing destinations and a very safe marina when not on the boat try Puerto Morelos on the east coast. It is 30 miles south of Cancun.

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Caribbean or Pacific will work. George
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Re: Best Mexican Port for Half Time Liveaboards

Depending on the time of year La Paz, San Blas (has bugs), or Barra de Navidad would be my hands down winners on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. We spent time in all of these would love to be living there NOW rather than back in California living aboard so the kids can goto high school!
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The marina in Barra is now under new ownership and is very affordable now.The constant Northers in Lapaz are a pain,but otherwise nice there.
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Re: Best Mexican Port for Half Time Liveaboards

There's also san carlos. Probably the easiest to get to (5 hour drive from Tucson) and reasonable dry storage costs. A little cold in mid-winter, but lots of boats base out of SC and do a loop down to Barre and back each season.
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Re: Best Mexican Port for Half Time Liveaboards

La Paz in Baja California Sur is one of my all-time favorite ports but I could easily spend the rest of my life in Puerto Escondido (south of Loreto). We're also very fond of Bahia Concepcion but that might be a dicey place to leave a boat unattended though many do. Of course, Banderas Bay has everything and most insurance companies will cover a boat there during hurricane season. We have spent some very memorable time in Manzanillo but, again, probably not the best place to have a boat if a storm hits. As many have said, Barra de Navidad is well protected but, for some reason, not one of my favorites - on the other hand, where else in the world can you get French pastries delivered to your boat every morning?

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