Arrival & Customs
The base is located in Marina Costa Baja. The base is approximately 15 miles (24 Km) from the airport (General Manuel Marquez de Leon Airport in La Paz)
Departure tax: Airport $11.50 USD per person. Please note that each passenger MUST have their Tourist Card when they depart the country or a fine will apply.
Everyone needs a tourist visa. Upon arrival, all passenger luggage must go through a brief inspection by Customs Officials. First, you must complete a customs declaration form.
A sailing license is required for all Mexican Nationals issued by the Ministry of Navy. The licensing requirements entail a a sailing course and a medical exam.
Provisions & Beverages
There is a small mini-market located near the base (no fresh produce). For full self-provisioning, the nearest store is in the town
A Baja yacht charter focuses on the superlative sailing, scenic and secluded anchorages, and exploring deserted islands rugged in their remote desert beauty. The fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving in some of the clearest water anywhere is still another delight to savor. The Sea of Cortez receives as many as 340 days of sunlight every year, its depths exceed two miles in some places, and the currents moving within it carry a rich cargo of plankton throughout the ecosystem, supporting California sea lions, sea rays, dolphins, and more than 500 species of tropical fish. Twelve species of whales (including the blue whale, the largest animal on Earth) breed in these waters. Few other places on the planet are as biologically diverse and unique. Add the Old World charm of sightseeing in La Paz and a Baja sailing vacation is an adventure that will inspire fond memories for years to come.
Mexico's currency is the Mexican Peso, available in coins and bills in several denominations. The most common bills are $20, 50, 100, and 500. Coins are 50 cents, $1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos.
Most foreign currencies can be exchanged for Mexican pesos at any money exchange places, which generally offer more flexible business hours and faster service.
Hotels offer the least favorable exchange rate, while the best rate is available at money exchange places. Traveler checks can be cashed at a slightly lower rate than currency.
Although Dollars are widely accepted in most Mexican tourist centers, we advice you to use Mexican Pesos during your visit.
€1 = 18.29 Mexican Pesos
UK £1 =21.32 Mexican Pesos
US $1 = 12.92 mexican Pesos
Area: 1,972,000 sq km (769,080 sq mi)
Capital City: Mexico
Official Languages: Spanish and indigenous languages
Ethnic groups: Mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish), Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian, White
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, other
Government: Federal Republic
Industries: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism
Tipping: 10-15% is the norm if it has not been included.
Electricity: Current in Mexico is 110 volts AC, 60 Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard. There is a 12V cigar lighter outlet by the chart table on the majority of our yachts.
Time: UTC/GMT - 5 hours
The Marinas facilities include showers/toilets, weather information, public telephones, snorkeling gear, kayak rentals, weather information, ice cubes & blocks, markets and provisioning stores.
Boarding / Departure
Embarkation: Charters start at 10:00 AM or 4:00 PM (with evening start).
Briefing Times: Boat/chart Briefings are scheduled at: 8:00 am (Mon – Sun) for all starts. 2:00 pm (Mon - Sun) for evening starts.
All head charterers are required to attend the briefings.
Disembarkation: All charters end at 10 AM at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks
Fuel & Water
Upon boarding your charter boat will have a full tank of diesel fuel and water. We recommend that you purchase drinking water and use the water onboard for bathing. You can generally purchase more water at marinas, but they do charge you by the gallon, so use water sparingly. Please return your charter boat full of fuel and water.