If you’re on the West Coast, you may want to think about taking a cruise to Mexico this winter. The weather’s great, the anchorages and marinas aren’t crowded, and you can enjoy a different kind of cruising vacation. Here’s a compelling story about the advantages of taking such a cruise this winter, with a sample itinerary, from Sea magazine. Take a look:
Mexico’s Gold Coast: a series of nine beautiful boating destinations and pristine anchorages strung like jewels on a golden crown. Together they provide several months’ worth of winter cruising pleasure. Here’s one winter cruising itinerary for Mexico’s Gold Coast, a three-month itinerary (November, December, January) designed for boaters who want to escape the north’s cold while soaking up the very best of Mexico’s tropic splendor.
November 1-20: If you’re coming down the outside of Baja, jump across from Cabo San Lucas (about 300 nm, avoid Tres Marias) to the welcome arms of Banderas Bay, where four full-service marinas await at La Cruz, Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta. Banderas Bay’s north shore has all the marinas, two fuel docks, two boatyards and Puerto Vallarta’a international airport, for guests. Plan to provision in Puerto Vallarta’s many excellent supermarkets and big municipal market stalls. Walk shady pedestrian paths on Isla Rio Cuale and enjoy street performers, fun art and interesting eateries. Read more: