Mexico | PassageMaker


In this section, readers will find our stories about the Baja Peninsula and Mexico. The Baja is more than 700 miles long, about the size of Italy. To its west is the Pacific Ocean with its persistent ocean swells. To the east, lies the Sea of Cortez. There are several marinas clustered between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, but otherwise marine facilities are few and far between. The coast of “mainland” Mexico offers numerous harbors for shelter, alternating between industrial ports and tourist destinations such as Acapulco.

Dinghy Poker Run

The purpose of the Dinghy Poker Run at Magdalena Bay was to practice launching and retrieving our dinghies in a nice calm anchorage (Is the new painter long enough? Should the motor be tilted up or not?), and to sharpen our small-boat handling skills among…

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Not Your Father’s Ensenada

Back in the day, I joined carloads of other Venice Beach locals with their party hats on and headed south into Baja, Mexico. The first pit stop was Rosarito to grab a few beers on the beach, then on to Ensenada to inflict more self-damage…

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The Baja Bash

The Bash is a 950-mile run up the wild and desolate Pacific Coast of Baja. Described by some veterans of Mexico as the Baja Bash, it starts in Cabo San Lucas and ends in San Diego. The compass heading is generally northwest. And now the…

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Cruising Mexico’s Sea Of Cortez

All cruisers need to be self-sufficient. Those bound for Mexico’s Sea of Cortez need advanced degrees in self-sufficiency. Available navigation charts are not the best. The Mexican government doesn’t broadcast weather forecasts and sea conditions over VHF radio, as do agencies in the United States…

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East Of Baja

For me, the joy of cruising includes literary adventures. Not my kind of wordsmithing, but the cruising guides—most written by friends—that help boaters understand and safely navigate waters from Mexico to Southeast Alaska. These volumes describe ports of call, identify the best anchorages, offer advice…

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