A yacht charter guide that has everything you need to know about your next sailing holidays in Mexico.
On your Mexico yacht charter, you can enjoy swimming in the brilliant blue waters, snorkeling amongst the fishies, and basking in the glorious sunshine.
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Set sail from La Paz, a quiet and small city in Mexico. Sailing La Paz is the perfect destination to get away from it all.
Literally translating to “peace,” La Paz lives up to its name. The city is tranquil and charming, but filled with plenty to see, with the beachfront malecón and abundance of restaurants and bars.
But the real attractions are the 900 islands on the Gulf of California, that are filled with fantastic flora and fauna.
The Sea of Cortez is home to parrot fish, mahi-mahi, trigger, sea turtles, large manta rays, dolphins, and many types of whales.
Needless to say, there’s plenty of exploring to be done from La Paz.
The best time for sailing Mexico is between November and April. This is the high season, which tends to be drier.
However, you will still have temperatures of around 26ºC / 79ºF.
If you’d prefer to go in the summer, you can expect average temperatures of 32ºC / 90ºF and sea temperatures at almost the same level! Winds are lighter and blow from the southeast.
Have no fear, the rainy season brings cooling rain between July and October.
In the winter, prevailing winds are northwesterly blowing 10-15 knots.
Most tropical storms during hurricane season will miss La Paz and the rest of the southern Baja Peninsula.
You can start your yacht charter holidays in Mexico from La Paz. The best way to go there is to fly into La Paz International airport.
Alternatively, you could fly into San José del Cabo and drive 2 hours north, or you could also get a connecting flight from Mexico City.
For US travelers, there are daily flights to La Paz from many major US cities, such as LAX.
For travelers coming from the UK and EU, it is advisable to fly into a larger hub, such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, or Los Angeles.
Transfer time from La Paz International Airport to base: 14 minutes
Navigation while sailing Mexico is relatively easy with calm waters and sandy-bottom anchorages.
Please note that before you take off and leave Mexico, it is required to visit the harbormaster with a detailed itinerary and any crew or passenger details.
Recommended anchorages for your yacht charter Mexico are:
For provisioning, Yacht4Less recommends the nearby Walmart, which will have everything you need.
It is about a 30 minute ride from the base.
You can also shop at Soriana Híper, a local grocer.
To have provisioning delivered, just talk to your charter consultant! There will also be a market at the base for any other needs you may have before you embark.
⚓ Day 1. La Paz to Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida
⚓ Day 2. Ensenada Grande to Los Islotes (Day Stop) to San Evaristo
⚓ Day 3. San Evaristo to Isla San Francisco
⚓ Day 4. Isla San Francisco to Amortajada, Isla San Jose
⚓ Day 5. Amortajada to Bahia Gabriel, Isla Espirtu Santo
⚓ Day 6. Isla Espirtu Santo to Puerto Balandra
⚓ Day 7. Puerto Balandra to La Paz
It depends. For example, the most important ones are the type of boat you will choose and whether you require a professional crew on board (e.g. skipper, hostess or cook). So, as you can see, there are many factors that can shape a price for a boat rental.
Check our full guide about yacht charter cost and how you can save much money in your next sailing holidays.