Some of you people that know geography, weather and island people better than I do maybe you would have an opinion about this. I am kind of stuck on the idea of going South. I'd like to go far south with the 30' Grampian that I have with my dog. He is a lab
We started in Charleston South Carolina and are in Vero Beach Florida now. A friend is meeting us to either go to the Keys or to Nassau from here. We haven't decided yet.
I'd like to go to Brazil eventually and the straight path goes to the Bahamas and then to Purerto Rico. The alternative is to go through the Keys, go to Mexico then cut down to Costa Rica. After going to Costa Rica start going hard eastward through the Carribean.
Of these two routes which one do you think would be the safer and cheaper? Empasis is on safety of course.
Bahamas down to the Carribean would be my choice. But we have some aquaintances that have been in Guatemala for a long time and love it and it is very cheap. Like mentioned above, cartegena has been highly suggested. We have some friends that spent three years down there (Colombia, Guatemala, Costa), and loved it. In fact, they are heading back down there this Decemeber or so.
Also, like mentioned above, I have heard it is a tough beat to head east from Colombia or Guatemala. So if heading to Brazil was your final destination, I would probably take the east carribean route, but I suspect the cheapest route would be taking the western route.
I do not know about the animla restrictions. I have always heard that they could be tough in some countries, with British colonies the worst (BVI). However, there was another Sailnet member here (Jswrites???) that took his large dog via FL, CUba, Mexico, and south through guatemala and the canal. He said the reports of problems bringing in dogs were way over blown. But, this is all hear-say. I will tell you from a personal point of view, from someone that has a dog too, it is a pain in the butt and we are always thinking of where we can find a good spot for her to crap. She also has a sensitive stomack (only Iams lamb & Rice) which could get quite costly if we can find at all down south. So I suspect Fatty will be staying with relatives when we head south (and she will probably be the happier for it).