|Marina Palmira & La Paz|
|Anchored at Agua Verde|
There is no "wrong" or "right" way to cruise Mexico (excluding, of course, throwing garbage into Mexico's waters, being disparaging of Mexico or its people, loud parties late at night in anchorages, jet-skiing in anchorages -- oh, I could go on and on...). Back home (in BC), there are many who enjoy marinas; why is this not OK for Mexico? If one boat enjoys anchoring whereas another prefers more time in a marina, it is not another boat's place to judge. Of course, staying in marinas costs more money (but generally less expensive than up North), so finances often limit stays, but this does not mean one is better than the other.
Marinas are not all the same and the marinas we've stayed at in Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, La Paz, and Mazatlan were each very different, and all were quite a different experience from those up in the USA and Canada. And certainly, contrary to what one poster stated, staying in these marinas are not at all like staying in a marina back home: just outside the Marina (and, often, inside the Marina) lies Mexico. Mexico's people, culture(s), food, and life in general are all so different than up north. Staying in marinas made it much easier to enjoy these aspects of Mexico.
We ended staying at Marina Palmira in La Paz from early December (2013) until late April (2014), making many trips of 1-3 weeks duration each to the multitude of anchorages north of La Paz. But we kept coming back to Palmira because (i) we really liked the Marina, (ii) we really like the community at the Marina (cruisers and staff), and (iii) we loved La Paz. Which brings up another reason that many, including us, have prolonged stays in marinas in Mexico: socializing with friends.
The combination of "town (marinas) and country (anchorages)", for us, made for a wonderful Winter cruising season.