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Florida Keys to Rio Dulce Guatemala, summer 2012

My wife and I are considering spending hurricane season in Guatemala this winter. I hear that the best time to go from the keys to Guatemala is in the spring after the last northers blow through, but this is not an option for us. I think the earliest we could leave the keys would be July 1. I hear that the closer you get to winter, the nastier the harsh weather becomes.

So am I correct in the understanding that one of the main weather factors about crossing during the summer is the thunderstorms?

Are there any other cruisers on this forum that are considering doing the same trip this summer? We would be interested in finding a buddy boat and possibly one or two crew for the trip.

We are on a 37' islander sloop. She's seaworthy, but we've never spent more than two nights out on a passage, so the jump from the Keys to the tip of Mexico would be our longest yet: estimated travel time 3 days from the Dry Tortugas. Then I expect we'd coastal cruise and get inside the reef in belize and keep coastal cruising to Guatemala and head up the Rio Dulce. As of yet we do not have any cruising guides or charts. We are just beginning to plan. My Spanish is rusty.

In general I'm starting this thread to have a place to discuss our plans and trip, although it is not to get an answer to just one specific burning question.

Anyone who has spent time in the Yucatan, Belize, and Guatemala, please take a moment to chime in with advice and tips and share some experiences you had! I look forward to hearing your stories and insights and recommendations and warnings!
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PS I've found this site very useful for the Yucatan portion of the trip:
Yucatan Cruising Guide, for boating and sailing in Yucatan.
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