Mexico Yacht Charter
Explore the wonderful Sea of Cortez from our La Paz base in Baja California on Mexico’s west coast. On your Mexico yacht charter, discover truly breathtaking natural habitats, along with historic colonial towns and ancient indigenous monuments.What’s on this page
Mexico sailing vacations
A real slice of paradise, the Sea of Cortez is highly regarded for its crystal-clear waters, unique coastal landscape and marine life which makes the region a must for wildlife lovers, who can see gray whales, sea lions, whale sharks and even humpback whales.
With years where there’s no annual rainfall at all, you’re guaranteed excellent weather as you relax in the sun on white sand beaches or visit chic resorts that make the area a playground for the rich and famous.
Sail to the secluded islands to be found in this beautiful corner of Mexico to experience many hidden gems. Unwind in peaceful solitude, or go snorkeling to explore a picture perfect underwater world.
Taking a trip on land during your Mexico yacht charter will give you the chance to participate in various exciting outdoor activities, from horse riding and hiking to mountain biking and zip-lining.
If you’re an avid sailor with a spirit of adventure, we can promise you the waters of the Sea of Cortez will certainly not disappoint.
Top things to do on your Mexico yacht charter
Bahia Agua Verde
This picturesque fishing village set in a secluded bay should be on any Mexico yacht charter itinerary.Although on mainland Mexico, it’s not easily accessible by land, guaranteeing an unforgettable crowd-free experience.
Isla Espíritu Santo
An outcrop in the Sea of Cortez, Isla Espíritu Santo is a Unesco World Heritage Biosphere Reserve, surrounded by clear, deep waters full of shoals of the most amazing tropical fish and sea lions. Out of the sea it has wide stretches of untouched beaches.
Isla San Francisco
Known for its stunning marine life, on Isla San Francisco you can snorkel to see starfish, octopus and sea turtles. The island also has beautiful beaches and remarkable salt flats to explore.
Beside a beautiful bay just south of our base in La Paz, you’ll find this fishing which, because of its strong winter winds, has become a haven for kite surfers. Across the water, there’s Isla Cerralvo, known as Jacques Cousteau Island, who called the Sea of Cortez ‘the world’s aquarium’.
Take a trip to a pearl farm to discover how Cortez Pearls are harvested, or go diving, kayaking and snorkeling on the attractive beaches of Guaymas.
Almost circular in shape and surrounded by sand dunes, Balandra Bay may very well be the most beautiful in Mexico, as well as being one of the calmest. In brilliant blue water, which is never more than waist deep, you can see harmless manta rays.
When is the best time to go to Mexico?
The best time of year for sailing the Gulf of California is mid-February to late June or mid-October to late December.
In Mexico, the summers are long and hot, while the winters are short, comfortable, and dry. Temperatures in Mexico during summer reach an average of 90ºF in May and October, sometimes even reaching 100ºF. You’ll also enjoy fantastic sea temperatures of more than 80ºF.
It’s drier in the low season between December and February, which still has comfortable temperatures averaging 79ºF. Around 90% of Mexico’s rain falls between July and October.
What are the sailing conditions in Mexico?
The sailing conditions include southerly winds averaging between 10 to 15 knots. Most of the Pacific basin tropical storms during the hurricane season typically pass south of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. You’ll need to visit the harbormaster and leave a detailed trip plan before leaving the marina, including intended destination and crew and passenger information.
Useful information for yacht charters in Mexico
Getting to Mexico from the US
The most convenient way to reach our base and start your sailing vacation is to fly into La Paz International Airport (LAP). AeroMexico has the most daily flights and there are several other domestic airlines via Los Angeles (LAX) or Mexico City.
La Paz Airport is a 30-minute taxi ride away. We can arrange airport transfers on request.
You can also reach La Paz via Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), but the transfer takes between 2.5 and 3 hours, via a shuttle van or private taxi.
What language is spoken in Mexico?
The language spoken in Mexico is Spanish.
What is the currency in Mexico?
The currency in Mexico is the Mexican peso (MXN) but US dollars are accepted in the main tourist areas.
What are the customs restrictions for Mexico?
You can view customs information on the gob.mx website.
What documents do I need to sail Mexico?
US citizens must have a passport and either a Forma Migratoria Multiple, temporary or permanent resident card or tourist visa.
There are special documents requirements for dual Mexican/American citizens, particularly minors. We advise you to speak to the Mexican Consulate General’s office in Los Angeles, CA, or visit your nearest Mexican embassy or consulate.
Mexican citizens will need a sailing license to sail in Mexico.
Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.
How do I get around Mexico?
You can easily hail a collectivo bus-style taxi with its destination displayed in the front window. If you’re taking a cab, be sure to negotiate the price before you get in. It’s a good idea to ask restaurants and bars to call you a cab home if you’re out late during your yacht charter in Mexico.
You can also rent a car but make your reservation in advance using the company website to get the best price.
What is the Wi-Fi like in Mexico?
Our La Paz marina has free Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi in Mexico is good, and most cities and towns have Wi-Fi hotspots at bars and restaurants. There’s no phone coverage in about 70% of our sailing area.
What regulations are there in Mexico?
Night sailing is forbidden. We will provide you with the required park permits to visit Espiritu Santo Island. Anyone fishing from a boat in Mexico will need a fishing license issued by the Mexican government. Fishing licenses can be ordered online..
Where can I find weather forecasts for Mexico?
You can find weather forecasts at the weather.com website, both before and during your Mexico boat rental.
What provisioning is there in Mexico?
There are plenty of choices for provisioning in Mexico, including the local Chedraui supermarkets and Walmart. Our La Paz base can also provide a provisioning service if you’d like your groceries to be ready for your arrival.
What baggage can I take on my Mexico sailing vacation?
Please take only soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.
What is the electrical current in Mexico?
The land electrical current in Mexico is 110V.
What is the dialing code for Mexico?
The dialing code for Mexico is +52.
Sailing Mexico with Dream Yacht Charter
Yacht rental Mexico, means you can enjoy the best of the Sea of Cortez and sail its islands. Choose from our catamarans and monohulls.
Skippered Mexico boat rentals
You don’t need sailing experience to enjoy a vacation sailing Mexico. Hire a skipper with your yacht and they will sail you around the highlights of the region, while you relax.
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Why should I book with Dream Yacht?
Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:
- A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
- We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
- You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
- You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
- We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.
What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?
The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.
To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.
You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.
By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.
What is a skippered yacht charter?
A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.
You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.
You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.
What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?
Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.
Can you tell me about your yachts?
Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.
In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.
Do I need insurance?
We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.
We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.
The following options are available in limited locations:
- Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
- Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.
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