Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Best place to provision for Panama-Tahiti
A couple of suggestions for you. We had good provisioning in Panama City on the Pacific side. There is a store, like Costco in the US, the is excellent. I forget the name but describe and everyone will know what it is. You have to buy a membership. We shared a membership with a couple on another boat to reduce the cost. You can get there by bus but will need to get a cab back (~$10). Prices are great - beer was about $9/24 and Chilean wine $2/litre. We completely loaded a cab with about $500 worth of shopping - could not have taken anything else.
There is an incredible hypermarche in Papeete that is within walking distance of the marina. May well be the best supermarket I have ever seen (it is huge, French, in the middle of the ocean, and on a large tropical island). Not cheap though.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.