Cruising in La Paz and the Sea of Cortez

The La Paz Port Captain and the Mexican Navy have asked the cruising community to comply with the Mexican laws. From courtesy flags to proper lights to paperwork we all must make a concentrated effort to be courteous guests in their country.

Closed Port

Often during adverse conditions the Port Captain will close the port of La Paz. If you leave La Paz while the port is closed you could be fined as much as $5,000 USD. If you are outside the port you are allowed to enter if for safety reasons. To determine if the port is closed call the Port Captain on VHF channel 16.

Mexican Courtesy Flag

Foreign vessels must fly a Mexican courtesy flag at all times. Show respect and insure your flag is in good condition.


Visit our Anchoring in La Paz page for more information on regulations and anchoring zones in the Bay of La Paz. There are restricted anchor zones out at the islands as well. They are outlined on the EspĂ­ritu Santo Archipelago National Park page. The inner area of Bahia Ballandra is restricted and marked by white buoys.

While anchored you are required to maintain a proper anchor light.