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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.

CAPT Roger J. Jones USN (ret.)
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