Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Pacific side of Panama
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have just started our 4th year in the Caribbean and have not felt threatened or had a single thing stolen...Safety is 99% prevention...you need to make yourself the hardest target in the anchorage.
We have bars on the hatches, lock ourselves in at night, have remote lights, always lift and lock the dinghy, never anchor in remote locations, never anchor alone and we have sailed past St Vincent 8 times.
We did not visit Venezuela and kept 50 miles off-shore for most of Columbia and all Nicaragua but in Mexico we feel safer than in our Miami home.
However, you need to be out of the hurricane belt July, August, Sept and Oct..so far we have sailed to Nova Scotia, a lovely place...spent 3 months in Trinidad, a terible and unsafe place...and last year we were in Bonaire, Curacao, Cartagena and the San Blas Islands,an experience we plan to repeat
Good luck Phil