|Celebrating our arrival with margaritas!|
|The lobby @ the Hotel Coral|
What's what with checking into Mexico? For a $25 fee, this marina will take you to the immigration/customs office to get your visa, import permit for the boat and pay any port fees/taxes. When you arrive to the customs office, each window is marked with a number and on the wall, there are instructions on where to go, for which window. It actually seems pretty easy, however our fee included a nice guy who did all the work for us and ran from window to window with our paperwork :)
$25 x 2 for our visas
$20 Port Captain fees (taxes)
$50 Import permit for the boat
$120 later, we were in business!
(make sure to bring your engine serial number and original registration/boat documentation with you!)
Except...when Tim got a 'red' light. This is the Mexican security random check similar to our random security check at the airport in the US! What did it mean? That an inspector had to come out and check out the interior of our boat, to make sure we didn't have anything illegal on board. So, we drove back to the Hotel only to have the inspector come on board, and check that our engine serial number matched the number we gave him at the office. LOL. 3 minutes later, he left and we were checked in!
|Port Captain - open from 9:30 - 2pm only!|
The rest of the 'windows'/offices are open from 8-5.
|Instructions on checking in - modules = windows.|
We are planning our route to head to Cabo and plan to be here for the next 2 days. Unfortunately, the weather has kicked up where we are going (gale winds, 10 ft waves, 'green' = bad on passageweather.com) so we may be here until Sunday when the weather clears up....stay tuned.
-K&T (getting our Mexico on finally, woo hoo!)