Having made the Galveston and Corpus to Isla Mujeres trip several times, here are my thoughts. If you hug the coastline, you'll have the wind on your nose all the way to Vera Cruz. Cut across the Gulf and you'll not only have somewhat better sailing winds, you'll cut about 400 miles off your trip.
Since you'll be puting into some Mexican ports, be sure your passport is up to date and that your boat is CG documented (state registration is worthless in Mexico.), no firearms and if you if you don't speak at least Spanglish, take a good Engslih/Spanish conversational dictionary with you.
s/v Paloma, Bristol 29.9, #141
Slipped in Bahia Marina, easy access to Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Last edited by johnshasteen; 01-26-2010 at 12:23 PM.