Sailing is popular in the Mexican Caribbean and despite a location that is slightly hidden from easy reach by sailors in the Caribbean Sea thanks to a hook of coastal property that runs from Majahaul to Ambergris Caye, Belize, if you dream of sailing to your vacation here, it is certainly a possibility.
Before you can dock in Chetumal, you'll first have to clear in. The ports of entry along Mexico's east coast include Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras, and Puerto Morelos. As you approach the coast, it is recommended that you notify customs officials at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival, then make sure your yellow Q flag is flying upon arrival. Immigration will need to be cleared first, which means presenting Tourist Entry Forms and passports for each person aboard your boat. From there, customs will take over and make sure everything is in order before allowing you to finally carry on to Chetumal.
Facilities in the area are sparse, but as yachting becomes more and more popular in the region, we're likely to see this begin to change. For now. You'll find anchoring along the shore to be your most feasible option.
Is your plan to sail to Chetumal in your own vessel, or a charter from another location? This next table contains a list of marinas in the area.
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Sailing to Chetumal takes a little extra work, but those who dream of visiting this town by boat can make arrangements to ensure they make it happen.
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