Originally Posted by dhenline
I am looking for a nice place to charter a boat in July. I live on the west coast Seattle
area and I do NOT want to sail in the san Juans. I want a place where I can swim off the boat. I was thinking la Paz area. Is it too hot at this time of year? at DYC, the boats are super reasonable and I could get one with AC.
any other companies to look at ? I am weary of DYC given their less than stellar reputation.
I was in Mexico
2 years on my own boat. Years later I chartered out of La Paz in late Sept/early October. It was 102 degrees some days even then. I would avoid July for sure. Even with a Bimini
you can get burned from reflection off the water to the point where you nearly need medical
care. And for a charter, it makes it difficult to get off the boat and do anything on land. I wouldn't charter after May and not before Oct 1 personally.
I'm from Seattle too.
Another word of advice
; ONLY eat cooked food
. If one of your party is starving for a salad. Use handcuffs! We had a few guest parties aboard when we were there. One of them insisted on having a salad at lunch the day they arrived. I warned him. He spent the entire week in the V berth or the bathroom. 102 degree temperature.
There are two kinds of "tourista"; the "Hard Tourista" and the slight diarrhea. You dont want the "Hard Tourista".
If your kid gets that, you may be looking for a hospital.
That's the next problem ...... you dont want to go to public hospital, you need to find a doctor's office who knows what he's doing. My father in law dislocated his thumb. It took us about 6 hours of learning
curve to get it fixed.
-First we went to the village clinic. The nurses didn't know what to do and finally started pulling on his thumb! We got out of there.
-Then a cab ride to a 2 hour wait at a public hospital. No hospital person would even talk with us. Then a nice woman warned us, "you'll never get it done, too many people. This is the public hospital for poor people".
So a cabbie told us where to go and took us. It was a house with a doctors office in it. He was US trained and fixed us up right there quickly.
Sea of Cortez
water gets up to maybe 65 degrees, maybe a bit warmer depending on where you are. It's not like the Bahamas
for swimming, but it's great. Take a thin skin suit for snorkeling or swimming.
I love Mexico and the people there, but it's a different world.