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06-01-2007 04:15 PM
ughmo2000 Whatever you do do not take a handgun into Mexico!

You'll spend your days rotting in a Mexican jail for having a single bullet!

I've spent several months sailing the length of Baja and the southern Mexican coast. I love Mexico and the Mexican people, have never had a problem there and would go back in a second.
06-01-2007 09:02 AM
USCGRET1990 Probably not until you start it...
06-01-2007 08:26 AM
Originally Posted by capttb
Might also want to look at the cruisers guide from Latitude 38, got most of the basic info on Mexico.
Latitude 38's First Timer's Guide To Mexico

This is a great link. Does anybody have one for the Gulf side of Mexico?
05-31-2007 10:58 AM
USCGRET1990 If I did do a Baha thing, being that I'm on the east coast, I would most likely buy a boat already there. I would definetly hide any equilizers. They are good for getting bad folks attention when and if the need arrises.
05-31-2007 12:15 AM
chrisn586 Baja is great; although I'm reluctant to spread the news so that it stays less discovered. It is always warmer than West Coast US and usually cheaper and less crowded.
We are heading South for nine months around August. At least half of that time will be in Baja.
You definatly don't want to bring any guns or illegal drugs along since Mexican authorities are always looking for them. Why do you need a gun any way? Crime is about equal in the US. If it is important lock it up or hide it.
05-30-2007 10:42 PM
dougshipl This is a bit long winded but we love Baja. If you are looking to sail (usually light winds) from CA to Cabo with other boats, the Baja HaHa runs in the Fall and is a blast. Done it several times and you cant beat it for fun. Only those organizers can find a mexican american speaking rock band and lobster dinner on a beach in the middle of no where for under $20 bucks. Only challange is there are only a few places to get fuel and ice (the only 2 words i seem to remember in spanish) for the 1,100 mile trip from San Diego to Cabo. Also, note not many places to sneak into to get out of real bad weather as well as no medical care as US is accustomed to and if someone gets seriously ill they have to be air lifted to US.....after you drive for hours on a bumby dirt road. So plan well. We love Baja and never had problems with locals but we were always very respectfull and would bring toys for young kids and medical supplies for what they call hospitals (1 room buildings) as we hit the fishing villages for supplies as Baja, because of limited mexican population and mostly inhabited by Americans in Cabo & areas north of Ensenada, is not treated by government as well as mainland Mexico cities. In my opinion, best part of Baja is the mexican people and food, the worst is Cabo - reminded me too much of tourist trap and is filled with sport fishing boats from LA. As noted, its like sailing Lake Mead in Vegas. A hot desert but awesome when in bloom. If you want more tropics, head south of PV. Youll love the sailing with the dolphins on your bow and numerious whales that will pop up for a glance at you. And oh yea - the largest population of great whites inhabit the area just off the coast of northern baja so i wouldnt take that morning dip off the side until 500 miles south of US. Other hazard is cruise ships at night. Make sure you have radar to see them and the many other boats that dont use running lights (its mexico).
05-29-2007 09:45 PM
USCGRET1990 Welllll...I've thought and studied for two weeks now...they're just plain not going to like that 50 cal. mounted on the bow, so I'm gonna have to go somewhere else I guess. Hmmmm...maybe Trinidad....
05-10-2007 04:41 PM
Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
You will not be sleeping with Mr. SMith and Mr Wesson in Mexico. Otherwise you will end up sleeping with Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Julio as their sex slave in a Mexican Prison. Firearms (any firearm) in Mexico lands you in a Mexican pen for like 5 years
This reminded me of one of my favorite Sailnet posts of all time -
it was a month or two ago....I had to go back and find it. Thanks Sailhog!!

Originally Posted by sailhog
A friend of mine wound up in a Mexcan prison for carrying a weapon on his boat. The food was awful, but the sex was, in his words, "awesome." Lots of group stuff. Very "sweaty." They made him leave after three months, but he's going back later this summer. He's going to just start shooting at other boats the moment he enters Mexican waters -- just to get a longer sentence. Not my cup of tea, but he really enjoyed his time there. Just an FYI.

05-09-2007 12:07 PM
Jovietal We trailered a Columbia 26 to San Felipe then sailed for 6 months to La Paz
It was quite cool in San Felipe in December with some pretty strong winds.
Lots of down wind sailing, however,at times the seas could get confused and it was like sailing in a giant pan of water with someone shaking it back and forth.
The anchorages north of Mulge are mostly open road stead anchorages. They improve somewhat south of there if I recall correctly. Bahia Del Los Angeles
was a beautiful despite the shore side RV's all lined up with their noisy generators cranked to the maximum output levels. Puerto Escondido and Isla Pardia, we also favorite stops
Don't stay too long in La Paz...some people get stuck there and miss the incredible cruising grounds a little north.
The Sea of Cortez full of humpback and fin back whales the diving and fishing was pretty good as well.

Thetis Island BC
05-09-2007 11:33 AM
Cruisingdad You will not be sleeping with Mr. SMith and Mr Wesson in Mexico. Otherwise you will end up sleeping with Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Julio as their sex slave in a Mexican Prison. Firearms (any firearm) in Mexico lands you in a Mexican pen for like 5 years... American citizen or not.

Nah. Lock your hatch at night. Keep the flare gun close. Get a good night sleep. I would be more worried about my anchor dragging or a hurricane making a loop on me then I would someone boarding my tub. It is more likely too. Don't get too distraught over the piracy.

- CD
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