I think you posted last year, but if its still an option, I went from California to Matazlan-mexico. It took three weeks and found it very interesting once I got past the desert boundaries. Water on the trip was big issue. One book that may help a little is 99 days to Panama. Even if I did not speak spanish I always found help in translation and places to camp. Very nice people.
Many reach for distant shores only to run to the safest harbor.