MEXICO is bounded on the north by the USA; on the south and west by the North Pacific Ocean; on the SE by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. The major attractions are the ancient Meso-American ruins, and popular beach resorts, the coastal climate and unique culture – a fusion of European (particularly Spanish) and Meso-American cultures.
The Pacific Coast region is a popular superyacht cruising area, where there are cities and towns with rich cultural and culinary traditions, as well as some of the best beaches for water sports like surfing and fishing. You can play golf on world-class courses, on the Baja California Peninsula, as well as discover the underwater treasures of the Sea of Cortez, and witness the amazing migration of the Gray Whale.
Less than 400 miles off Mexico’s western coast and visited mainly by yachts on passage to the Marquesas, lie the four Islas de Revillagigedo (Socorro, Clarion and San Benedicto plus the smaller Roca Partida) and several adjoining rocks. Declared a marine reserve and patrolled by the Mexican Navy, the islands are occasionally visited by scuba and fishing expeditions. There are few anchorages and no facilities for yachts in transit, other than the help that the Mexican Navy provides in case of emergencies.
The yachting facilities are improving as the number of yachts visiting Mexico increases. Major ports now have a reasonable range of services and repair facilities. Although fuel is available almost everywhere, it can be dirty. Major superyacht marinas can be found in Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Puerto Vallarta. Acapulco is a convenient stopover for the voyage between Panama and California – caution should be exercised when alongside the town wharf for refuelling as the surge can cause significant vessel movement and mooring line breakages. The Pacific Coast of Mexico is a first class superyacht destination.
Captain’s log: Mexico – Cruising the West Coast of Mexico