we have been sailing and living on-board in the Caribbean for years. In general I would say that it is much safer than the US with a few exceptions. I would not worry about it at all and as you travel down island you will easily pick-up the info where to be careful at the given time.
With regards to hurricane season a common strategy is to stay in the wonderful cruising grounds around Granada and just north in the Grenadines and then follow the weather forecast closely. If something is coming your way you will have time to run south as far as needed to avoid any hurricanes.
02-23-2011 10:19 AM
check out this site, they are in Cartagena heading to the San Blas and back to Panama. They left Texas in 2003, it is a pretty extensive report of all they have done. They also are helpful in answering questions you may have.
So if you were to stay in the San Blas Islands in Panama for the summer, would it be feasable to make the run back along Central America and Mexico heading back to Texas? Maybe stop in Cancun before making the puddle jump back in the spring time?
02-11-2011 04:57 PM
Panama (either side) is safe from hurricanes and many people spend the summer in the San Blas Islands to avoid storms. Getting from there back to the Eastern Caribbean is a major, difficult trip. Perhaps it makes sense to think of the Caribbean as two somewhat separate cruising grounds - the eastern and the western with connections along the northern shore of South American and further north via Central America (and possibly Cuba) to Florida and the Bahamas. We met a few boats in the San Blas that were heading east along Colombia and Venezuela but where rare and knew they were in for tough slog.
Many people stay on their boats all year in Grenada. This lovely spot was thought to be safe from hurricanes until it was devastated in 2004(?). Now many insurance companies have moved their latitude limit one degree south. I wondered about the possibility of heading south from Grenada if it appeared to be at risk (perhaps in a 72 hour forecast. You could go to Trinidad although this is a bit to windward or Margarita Island in Venezuela if necessary.
02-11-2011 08:44 AM
I've never been on my sailboat, but I've enjoyed both Aruba and particularly Bonaire if you get away from the cruise ship docks. I could stand to pass hurricane season in either if there's suitable anchorages/moorings.
02-10-2011 01:14 PM
Sailing North at that time of year seems very cold and blowey. Has anyone headed south along the west coast of South America during the hurricane season?
02-04-2011 08:29 AM
Aren't the ABC island outside the hurricane belt (99% of the time anyway, as New England might be considered as well)? Pretty sure that was the reason for Aruba"s entry and success in the vacation market. Otherwise, its a fairly barren, unattractive and windy island.
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