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Old 09-26-2012
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Re: Destination recomendation

A couple of assumptions:
1) Asia is going to be too expensive to get to.
2) Med is out due to weather.

Thoughts:
Exotic: Canaries - Tenerife. Beautiful weather, some challenging sailing sometimes (wind can be a real issue) lots of islands to explore - foreign culture.
Diving: Belize. Best reef diving in the Americas. Warm, beautiful water. Down side - long trip down the Yucan Channel with adverse current. Don't know much about availability of charters. If you plan to go check flights thru Canada - they are usually much cheaper than direct US.
Guatemala: Lots of boats in the Rio Dulce. You might be able to charter one. South end of Belize is 10 Nm from the entrance to the Rio Dulce. Down side - very long trip from Airport - will take a full day. Plus a day to sail down to Rio.
Florida Keys - good choice, great diving, lots of night life. Don't know much about charter opportunities.
Would not do the East Coast of Florida - Jacksonville to Miami - all open ocean sailing, have to deal with the Gulf Stream.
Bahamas - agree it is beautiful but you will be paying a premium to get into the country and for day to day living for an experience that would be very similar to being in the Florida Keys.
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