We visited Mexicos' Caribbean coast line which extends along the east side of the Yucatan Peninsular. The Mayan civilization lived on this peninsular and as a result there are many archeological sites to visit. From Cuba we crossed the infamous 'Yucatan Channel' and arrived at the Isle Mujeres located a couple of miles of the north east tip of the Yucatan. The island offers the best facilities and protection for yachts along the entire Yucatan coast. We were able to safely leave the boat and take the ferry to the mainland for site seeing. We sailed the entire coast from Isla Mujeres to Xclalak in the south where crossed over to Belize.
We departed Cayo Lago, Cuba and headed in a south westerly direction for Isla Mujeres approaching the island from the south and well clear of the Arrowsmith shallows lying to the north. While the gulf stream flows general at 2 knots through the Yucatan Channel we experienced currents of up to 6knots as we approached Isla Mujeres. Arriving at dawn dealing with this and the numerous cruise liners heading for Isala Cozumel was quite a navigation challenge.
Apart from at Isla Mujeres we encountered very few cruising boats along the Yucatan Caribbean coastline. It is a leeshore and very exposed to the prevailing easterly trade winds with very few sheltered anchorages and a limitec number of harbours.
A day trip to Cancun with the ferry and bus.
In the town square in Merida the capital of the Yucatan, Wifi Internet and power sockets to connect your lap top were provided free !
Merida is one of the oldest Spanish colonial towns in Mexico. The central region is undergoing renovation and there are a number of museums and churches to visit.