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Old 07-11-2018, 11:47 AM   #1
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Route questions FL - Yucatan

Hello everyone,

I have a 62' Offshore motor yacht in Fort Lauderdale. I want to take it to the Mexican mainland (Cozumel). Ideally I would like to leave FL on or about March 1st. I live in Southern California and I want to get the boat back to Dana Point. This will be the first leg of the journey.

Here are my questions:

1. Weather - what can I typically expect in this region during March?
2. Is there any fishing (dorado etc.) or is it off season
3. Can I stop in Havana? Can I anchor off Cuba to break up my travels?

Thank you in advance. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-11-2018, 12:59 PM   #2
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Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes should be a good resource about weather and routes to take.

Fishing is probably controlled within the 200 miles of the US in its Exclusive Economic Zone. But I suspect that Cuba and Mexico don't care, particularly far from their shores.

It is my understanding that US flagged vessels can stop in Cuba. I wouldn't anchor in Cuban waters without first clearing in at a nearby port.


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We left from Dry Tortugas in January 2015 for Mexico. Cleared in Isla Mujeres. That’s where the cruisers go, decent anchorage, lots of stuff going on. Cozumel anchorage not so great, Puerto Morales didn’t seem to want cruisers.

Fish away, nobody gives a damn, we skipped Cuba for insurance purposes. The current will determine your route. We dropped south hugged Cuba’s north shore then west shore to get south then crossed over to minimize time in current. You will fight it all the way until Providencia, then it eases up.

Have fun, Fl to and including Panama was some of our favorite spots
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Old 07-24-2018, 11:04 AM   #4
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David and Scott,

Thanks for the replies. Anyone else have any information to share?
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:53 PM   #5
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Look at Puerto Aventuras...a reasonably short run south from Isla Mujeres. It's an excellent deep marina, essentially blasted out of the old coral. Very nice, gated community, restaurants on-site, golf course and the berths are first-rate. Last time I was there, George Strait's was there.

The fishing between PA and Cozumel should be very good at this time of year. Not sure you'd get the sailfish/marlin run, but you'll be in deep water as you clear the breakwater. You can read the billboards on the highway while you're trolling.
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