Hey I was wondering if anyone here on the forum has experience with taking a kayak across the mexican border. I am taking a vacation there and my wife suggested we just take our kayaks with us instead of renting. I wanted to do some research though about how this worked. If anyone has any information. Any at all. I would really appreciate it! Thanks.
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I did it pre-9/11|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Jan-24-13 12:34 AM (EST)
both by Brownsville and San Diego. We were searched pretty close coming back into USA for drugs. Once they saw the boats were empty in the racks they did not get a second look as far as serial numbers or ownership.
Well I live in Mexico|
Posted by: 123Abuelo on Jan-24-13 7:33 AM (EST)
and have brought kayaks in on 2 occasions with no problems. They never asked about them or even gave them a second look.
If it is like Canada|
Posted by: Celia on Jan-24-13 8:19 AM (EST)
The US border folks could want to see some kind of paperwork indicating ownership or purchase. It is within their guidelines to at least ask for it. But my sister and her husband went over the border into Canada this last summer with two very used rec boats and didn't have to produce anything, so they aren't being consistent.
Mayan Seas Kayaks|
Posted by: Canuka on Jan-24-13 1:55 PM (EST)
For what it's worth, the owner of Mayan Seas Kayaks, a Mexican boat manufacturer, drives up to the Corpus Christi Paddle Fest every fall pulling a trailer full of kayaks plus some on the roof of his car and he appears to have no problem crossing the border. I made his acquaintance there last September.
Not a problem at all .|
Posted by: seadart on Jan-24-13 3:37 PM (EST)
Been there many times|
Posted by: Seadddict on Jan-25-13 12:20 PM (EST)
Never a problem crossing either direction & was never asked about the boats. When getting stopped at military checkpoints the usual question is where are you going, but that's whether you're hauling kayaks or not.