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07-18-2011 01:41 PM
TQA If you want to do some longer sails price a one way charter from St Lucia to Grenada.

Turks and Caicos has spectacular snorkelling and quieter anchorages.

If the Bahamas, Nassau to Great Exuma and back would be a plan.
07-18-2011 11:04 AM
jimrafford I'll second St Vincent and south. Very unspoiled. Diving was spectacular. Provisioning can be difficult. Last time I was there we found a small yacht provisioning service on Bequi that had freezers full of anything you could want. It is deffinatly open ocean sailing between the islands and very windy.
Cruising in Belize is some what limited to inside the reef. While we didn't have a problem there is a lot of poverty. Reefs were very alive w/ coral but no fish. Discovered why at the airport when we saw countless foam coolers labeled "live tropical fish".
Bahamas are too developed for my liking on vacation but very safe.
Haven't been back to Turks and cacos in 30 years but would guess they are like the Bahamas now.
06-25-2011 01:03 AM
sck5 yes, we stopped in Abaco on the way from St. Maarten to the Chesapeake. we are thinking of exploring further south in the Bahamas next time so it is good to hear what you said. But nothing I have heard about nassau makes me want to go there except maybe the aquarium.
06-24-2011 05:49 PM
Originally Posted by sck5 View Post
The Bahamas are very American compared to the other places and also quite shallow. Also really good snorkelling and diving and much easier provisioning than the other places. I liked it there but it felt like Florida except they drive on the left.
You must have been in Abaco. Try the out islands, it's much different. You can now charter out of Nassau and sail the Exumas.
06-24-2011 04:41 PM
oaklandmax Offshore Belize is nice enough.

On vacation on Ambergris Caye I felt very safe (safer than home in my home city in the US).

Belize City is pretty grim. I felt safer in Phnom Penh.
06-05-2011 03:18 PM
sck5 I have been to all of these places except the Turks and Caicos. We loved Belize - if you are chartering out of Placencia you will have isolated anchorages, spectacular snorkelling and diving and not much in the way of other boats. Further north it is different I am told, but I have no experience of that. Navigation is by eyeball but not too hard if you keep a good lookout and get the cruising guide.

The Bahamas are very American compared to the other places and also quite shallow. Also really good snorkelling and diving and much easier provisioning than the other places. I liked it there but it felt like Florida except they drive on the left.

The Grenadines are spectacular - much more like ocean sailing but really worth it. St. Vincent was not a place I felt very comfortable but it is OK as a place to land at the airport, go straight to the charter bases (which are very close) and sail off right away. Bequia (a really nice place) is only a couple of hours sail away and everywhere else is south of there. But if you have crew who dont like high winds and swells then think twice about this, esp. in January and February when the christmas winds are happening.
06-05-2011 02:40 PM
Yorksailor Having spent 3 yrs cruising the Caribbean our favorite place for a family sailing vacation was the Grenadines.

06-05-2011 01:38 PM
RTB My wife and I had a very recent vacation in T&C. Super friendly locals. Very laid back. Absolutely beautiful! We weren't there with the boat, however some friends from our marina were just there. Maybe this will give you some feel for Turks and Caicos - Storyville

06-05-2011 01:38 PM
Originally Posted by kd3pc View Post
Sorry to disagree, but Belize is far safer than most american cities. Many places to cruise, even more to dive. The water is wonderful and I found the people to be very nice. Some areas are too americanized and the people resent them for doing so.
I've got to agree with this. I've spent quite a bit of time in Belize and have many good friends who live there. Sure there are some bad people there but face it, there are bad people everywhere.

I'm quite familiar with the ACES story. There may be more to that story but I'm not sure.
06-05-2011 11:19 AM
Originally Posted by mtboat View Post
the most hateful and racist place I have ever encountered.
Really! Have you been to Belize
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