What to Expect on your Mexico Cruise!

Living aboard a sailboat

Groovy in the Bay of Careyes.

When we tell folks we spent three and a half years cruising our Hunter 44DS Groovy in Pacific Mexico, more times than not they say, “Wow, that’s my dream!”  There’s something about the idea of sailing off over the horizon to tropical destinations that makes everyone get excited.

But is the reality of cruising anything like the dream?

For us, there was a bit of a gap.  We loved our cruise and our lives would not have been complete without doing it, but it was nothing like we expected.  The fantasy of endless umbrella drinks in the cockpit, calm, clear anchorages teeming with colorful reef fish and balmy nights of sound sleep listening to little wavelets lapping at the hull were just that: a fantasy.

Living aboard a sailboat, especially bobbing around at anchor, is like no other lifestyle.  Sometimes it’s heavenly, sometimes it’s uncomfortable, and often it’s very funny.  Living as an ex-pat in Mexico aboard a sailboat adds a whole other dimension.  And in the end, it was the living in Mexico part that left the deepest impression on us after our cruise was over.

The following pages are brief snapshots of what this life of cruising in Mexico is like.  If you are considering untying the dock lines and heading out on an extended cruise, I hope these posts will help give you an idea of what cruising is like, especially cruising in Mexico.

Getting the boat ready to go is a relatively easy process.  Just open your wallet and roll up your sleeves.  But getting prepared emotionally for a new life on a boat in a foreign country is something that is easy to overlook.  I hope that these posts will paint a vivid picture of what it is like to take your boat on a cruise to Mexico and help ease your adjustment once you get there.

To help you plan your cruise and get you inspired, we created the video series, "Cruising Mexico Off the Beaten Path - Volumes 1-3," shown below. This is a fun-to-watch and easy-to-digest introduction to Mexico from a cruiser's perspective, giving you lots of valuable information that isn't covered by the cruising guides. Each video is available individually at Amazon, either as a DVD or as a download. For discount package pricing on the whole series, visit our page Cruising Mexico Video Series.

Volume 1 reviews the geography, weather and seasons in Mexico and shows you what the best anchorages between Ensenada and Manzanillo are like.

Volume 2 gives detailed info that can't be found in any of the guidebooks about the glorious cruising ground between Manzanillo and the Guatemala border.

Volume 3 (right) provides all the info you need to get off the boat for an adventure-filled trip to Oaxaca.

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