I went from San Francisco
to Ensenada last October for first time in 25-years, through we did a touch and go to drop a crew member
in San Diego. Our Ensenada destination
Naval, not Marina Coral
and arrived mid afternoon. I offer no advice to you, only what my decision making would look like if I were in your shoes. Assumes weather
is not a factor.
I had a mildly difficult time reconciling what I saw with what was on the chart plotter. There is a surprising amount of development along the coast and lots of lights at night I'm sure. It would be a 100% instrument approach - buoy lights are likely small and obscured by background lights.
I've done quite a few first-time-at-night harbor landings despite conventional wisdom not to (which is good wisdom - I don't always eat my vegetables either). I find them very stressful and exhausting. Good crew is essential.
There probably isn't a good place to anchor
if you decide to abort the approach which might force me into a bad decision.
Finally, I happen to enjoy overnight passages - nothing like a cup of coffee at first light. So I'd leave the day before and gain a half day vs lose it.
If I were to decide to chance it with a nightiime arrival, I'd print out Google Earth
shots of at least 5-miles north and south of Marina Coral
so I could better correlate visuals vs chart plotter rendering. And I'd look for an anchorage just in case.
If you go, and if you're a beer
drinker, find Wendtland Brewery. Their Perro del Mar IPA just won a best-in-show for Mexico
. The brewery is situated not far from Coral near a bunch of fish
packing plants. The aguachiles ceviche there is some of the best I've had anywhere.