Originally Posted by DawnTreader
...Timing could be tight for us, so we are beginning to consider a Central American landfall. It is a long hard sail up the Chilean Channels. We're hoping to leave Tierra del Fuego in a week or two, but it might take 4 months to get north to Puerto Montt, then it is nearly 5000 miles to SOC. If we can't time it to arrive comfortably before Hurricane
season start, we may head
or Costa Rica
. What is the cruising like in these places? Mostly anchoring
, or marinas
? Plenty of nature? We love wild isolation...
You are getting a lot of opinions about your choice of landfalls in Mexico
. I'd take most of those with a grain of salt
; each of the ports
discussed can be wonderful for a cruiser new to Mexico
, and really no bad places, some better than others for certain things. For repairs
, Puerto Vallarta
, Mazatlan, or La Paz
. For anchorages
, the Lagoon
at Barra is bullet proof, and convenient, as is the Mogote at La Paz
. Farther up in the Sea of Cortez
you can find the isolation you crave but less amenities. But you'll need some guide books
. If I was you I'd order the books
and have them sent to Marina Chiapas, which is easy to enter and is a port of entry, and the Marina staff walk you through the check in procedure. A few days or a week there to decompress after a long passage
might be worth saving for. Some people even anchor in the commercial
area Puerto Madero a half mile or so farther in from the Marina.
You can get cheap
transport to the town of Tapachula for provisioning
Let’s talk about timing. You have a few thousands of miles to go and who knows how smoothly or how long that passage
will take. However, arrival in any port in Pacific Mexico, north of Huatulaco, during Hurricane
season is risky. South of Mexico (i.e. Central America) there is effectively no hurricane risk. So we travelled north from Panama
without regard for the season until we got to Mexico, then we stopped to wait for Hurricane season to get over before proceeding further north.
We stopped in Chiapas in July and waited until November. Then we could proceed at our leisure to any places we wanted on the way north.
So, I guess I am recommending Chiapas, it is easy to enter, laid back, and generally expenses there are less than the more frenetic places up north.
By the way, there are some tips you should know if you might think about traveling up through Central America
and up the coast of Mexico. For instance, the strong winds and big seas of the Gulf of Tehuantepec can extend out over 200 miles so it is a really big diversion to avoid them by going out to sea. It's better to make landfall south of there and wait until there is a good weather