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Panama (Caribbean)

Panama (Caribbean)

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Panama is a country in Central America situated between North and South America. It is bordered by Costa Rica to the West, Combia to the Southeast, the Caribbean to the North and the Pacific Ocean to the South.

The main cruising attractions in Panama are the 365 San Blas islands off the Caribbean coast, a popular destination for yachts. A cruising permit is required to visit these islands, but the local Panamanian officials usually treat yachts arriving from the east on their way to the mainland with a certain degree of tolerance.

Yachts coming from the Caribbean side of Panama planning to spend longer in Panama to underake re-fit work should research carefully options available to them before arriving (and ideally before leaving the rich sources of chandlery and services in the Eastern Caribbean). It is not easy to find skilled workers in Colon and Panama; some are located in Portabello or Panamarina and there are various liveaboards in Shelter Bay Marina who have diesel and mechanical skills.

28/12/2015
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Puerto Cristobal (Panama Caribbean)

Puerto de Cristobal is a large harbour located on the Caribbean sea, near Cristobal (town in Colon, a province of Panama), on the continent of North America.Two long breakwaters have converted the entire bay into a safe anchorage, protecting shipping in Cristobal harbor from strong ...
28 Dec 15

Puerto Colon (Panama Caribbean)

Colon is unattractive and is part of a large commercial harbor, however offers a useful center for cruisers and the Panama Canal Yacht Club (PCYC) is a good refuge. The place grows on you! The local people are friendly and helpful.
Anchorage:
The designated yacht anchorage at ...
28 Dec 15

La Playita anchorage (Panama)

Located outside the breakwater of the La Playita Marina, on the south side of The Causeway.
The anchorage here is protected from strong winds and waves from the north and east, yet you are continuously exposed to the wake of transiting canal vessels and their related work boats ...
20 Dec 15

Balboa Harbor (Panama Pacific coast)

Balboa has been said by many to be "cruiser-unfriendly" with regards to safe moorings. For those transiting the Canal from Colon and arriving in Balboa at 0300, this may well be true. Finding a mooring field or safe place to anchor in the dark is difficult here and the marinas ...
21 Dec 15

Balboa Yacht Club (Panama)

Balboa Yacht Club is south of the Balboa Commercial Port and close to the Bridge of the Americas.Phone: +507 228 5196 CAUTION: When approaching from the south, do not turn into the mooring field until you are past buoy 14.5. There is a large sandbar stretching across the south end ...
21 Dec 15

Taboga island (Panama Pacific coast)

Taboga island, also known as the "Island of Flowers", is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Panama, about 20 km from Panama city.At low tide, the northern end of the island is joined by a sand bar to the small island of El Morro, and the southeastern end is 270 meters from the neighboring ...
21 Dec 15

Las Brisas anchorage (Panama)

Las Brisas anchorage is located NW of isla Perica, on the causeway.This anchorage tends to be used during the rainy season (April­December) due to prevailing S/SE winds. It can be quite rough during the dry season due to N/NE gap winds. During the rainy seaon expect frequent, sudden ...
21 Dec 15

Flamenco marina (Panama)

Located at the end of the The Causeway. Although mostly occupied by local boats, there is some pier space available for visitors at this full service marina.
No advance bookings possible. This marina suffers from surge and is expensive. Phone: 011-507-314-1980Water, fuel ...
21 Dec 15

Taboga anchorage (Panama)

Located 6 miles S of La Playita.
There are moorings for rent on both sides of the long touristic pontoon.
At low tide and during the week the beach is wide and nice, but at high tide it becomes small and dirty, especially on Saturday and Sunday, when hundreds of local tourists ...
27 Dec 15

Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon has a privileged location in the Caribbean coast, due to its proximity to the Panama Canal, Gulf of Mexico, and southern United States.Puerto Limón, on the Caribbean side, is the main port of Costa Rica. During 2011 a number of ships were robbed at gunpoint in the harbour, ...
20 Dec 15

Santa Cruz Del Islote

Santa Cruz del Islote (Santa Cruz islet) is an island located off the coast of Colombia. It is a part of the Archipelago of San Bernardo.
5 Jan 16

Banana bay marina (Costa Rica)

Located at the edge of a beautiful tropical rainforest in the city of Golfito, Banana Bay Marina sit in a natural, deep draft gulf offering an excellent protection from the swells of the Pacific Ocean.
Separated from the Open Pacific Coast, this gulf, names Golfo ...
18 Dec 15

Golfito Bay (Costa Rica)

Located just north of the Panama canal, Golfito is a convenient and very attractive port at which to clear in or out of Costa Rica. The Banana Bay Marina has a fuel dock with very easy access and helpful staff. Outboard and dinghy theft is a problem in Golfito however and cruisers ...
18 Dec 15

Fish Hook marina (Costa Rica)

Fish Hook Marina & Lodge is located at the edge of the beautiful tropical rainforest of Golfito, in the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica and just north of Panama. It is also the official point of entry and exit for Costa Rica.It offers a marina with 20 Slips for ...
18 Dec 15

Pez Vela marina (Costa Rica)

This is a huge marina with good clean facilities and security and helpful staff.Tel: +506 2774 9000
19 Dec 15

Puerto Quepos (Costa Rica)

This popular town lies in the centre of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. It is an attractive resort with excellent beaches.Quepos harbor is a fishing port and a port of entry. Clearance is available at the Marina Pez Vela but the officials are not based at the port and have to travel ...
19 Dec 15

Los Suenos marina (Costa Rica)

This marina is part of the Los Suenos Resort and is a good place to use a base for exploring the rest of the country.
A range of services are available, with further plans to include repair facilities, chandlery, shops, and clearance facilities. Services include cable TV, telephone, ...
18 Dec 15

Puntarenas Yacht Club (Costa Rica)

Puntarenas lies along a peninsula 5 miles long but only 600 metres at its widest point, narrowing to less than a 100 metres at some points.
Located in the calm waters of Puntarenas Estuary the Yacht Club offers natural protection fro the ships.This is primarily a fishing port, ...
19 Dec 15

Manzanillo marina club LTDA Cartagena ( Colombia )

Located in Bosque, on the edge of the yard Manzanillo, dock welcomes about twenty ships. The club Manzanillo is well kept, clean toilets.
Delicate approach (call VHF 78), little background and buoyed channel. The boats with a draft of more than 8 feet will not move. Up to 7 feet ...
5 Jan 16

Anchorage Bahia de Cartagena (Colombia)

Approach:
Two possible entries in Cartagena:
Boca Chica, cuisers will find a marked path buoys. No particular difficulties if not a regular traffic of cargo and ships.Boca Grande, North entrance of the city.
Once this passage was prevented by a wall at the water awash that ...
5 Jan 16

Marina Club nautico Cartagena (Colombia)

If berthing in the Club Nautico marina, be aware that wave action and local weather (occasional violent squalls) can make conditions unpleasant at times. This is a harbour with a lot of speedboats, water taxis and activity. Wakes are constant during daylight hours. In order to ...
5 Jan 16

Marina Club de Pesca de Cartagena

80 years of providing a personalized marina service of high quality to our sea-loving guests and members in the city of Cartagena de Indias.

Electricity per KW
Laundry
Showers and toilet facilities
Free wifi
Synchrolift
Pet friendly
25 May 19

Cartagena harbor (Colombia)

Cartagena harbor is located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean coast region.
The port city is the fifth largest city in Colombia.The Port of Cartagena is one of the most modern in South America and one of the busiest in Colombia.
Phone: (57) (5) 6608071
Fax: ...
4 Jan 16

Bahia Cupica (Colombia Pacific Coast)

Just North of bahia Solano is bahia Cupica.
When approching be very carefull of punta Cupica. Rocks can be found as far as two miles of the land.
Bay open to the S, si it is best visited during the dry season or when the winds are coming from the North.
8 Jan 16
Local Area

NW Atlantic Ocean

Entre le Groenland et la mer du Nord, l'Atlantique est séparé de l'Océan Arctique par le seuil de Wyville-, zone relativement peu profonde (entre 300 et 1250 m) et de laquelle émerge l'Islande.
Au Nord, c'est-à-dire déjà dans l'océan Arctique, on trouve le bassin de Norvège, ...
19 Mar 15

Colombia Caribbean

Carribean coast of Colombia is in the North of Colombia including the San Andres island.
The Caribbean region coast extends from the Gulf of Urabá to the Gulf of Venezuela. Straddling the coast are Colombia's two main Atlantic port cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena.
WEATHER ...
5 Jan 16

Costa Rica (Caribbean coast)

There are many differences between Costa Rica’s Caribbean and Pacific Coasts. The Caribbean coast stretches for some 125 miles between Panama and Nicaragua.
The region is sparsely populated, but has splendid beaches, excellent fishing, great water sports and it gives endless ...
19 Dec 15

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory located in the western Caribbean Sea, comprising the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. It is a global offshore financial services centre and one of the leading tourist scuba diving destinations in the world.
15 Dec 07

Jamaica

Jamaica  is an island nation of the Greater Antilles. Formerly a Spanish possession known as Santiago, it later became the British West Indies Crown colony of Jamaica. It is the third most populous anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada.
2 Aug 09
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