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10 Top Caribbean Activities for Cruising Kids

Mosquito Bay, Vieques. Photo curtesy of Puerto Rico Tourism Company UK ©

The Caribbean Sea is a huge aqueous playground for cruising kids. Yet there are great activities to explore ashore as well. Here are ten top suggestions: 1. Sail on a Pirate Ship The Jolly Roger, a near replica of Columbus’ …

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Rum Review: Kaniché Perfección – Panama

While standing in the rum aisle contemplating reviewing a spice rum or a flavored rum, Terry saw store employee, Alex, approaching. Alex gave her a hug and kiss on the cheek and asks, “What do you want to review this …

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2017 Caribbean Boatyard Update

Subbase drydock in St. Thomas

Over 90% of the Caribbean’s one million-plus square miles is water. It’s no wonder that boats, everything from pleasure craft and professional yachts to workboats like barges, ferries and cargo ships, are essential to the region’s way of life. Boatyards, …

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Panama Canal Transit Tips: What You Need to Know

Panama Canal Transit Tips

In March, Allison and Derek Parkes transited the Panama Canal on their Tayana 47 Arielle. Allison offers no-nonsense advice for those following in their wake. Use an Agent or DIY? That is the key question many cruisers are discussing. Agents’ …

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Panama’s Bastimentos Islands: A Cruiser’s Paradise

Panama's Bastimentos Islands: A Cruiser's Paradise

Nature and nurture combine on Bastimentos Island, a lush 24-square mile island bordering the Caribbean Sea in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro Province, Panama. Everything from a national park with scenic beaches and hiking trails, cute two-and three-toed sloths, …

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The Chicken Bus

The chicken bus is also a work of art. Photo by Barbara J. Hart

With five years of cruising under our keel—mostly in the Caribbean—we’re old hands at riding the local buses and safaris, and used to small island countries where we can travel from one end to the other in an hour. Panama …

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Our Kook’s Tour of Guna Yala

Our island neighbor in East Lemmon Cays. Photo by Barbara Hart

A ‘Cook’s Tour’ is a ‘guided but cursory tour of the major features of a place or area’. It’s named after Thomas Cook, founder of the British travel agency that bears his name, and a fervent member of the temperance league. …

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Bocas Del Toro Boat Yard, Panama

Bocas haulout slip

Many sailing aficionadas refer to Bocas del Toro, Panama, as ‘The Undiscovered Caribbean’. Recently, this little-known but greatly appreciated archipelago became even more cruiser friendly with the addition of an American owned and operated boatyard.  It is a full-service facility …

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2015 Boatyard Round-Up. What’s New?

IMM Guadeloupe

Business at Caribbean boatyards booms during hurricane season. Here’s what’s new at a sampling of yards in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. IMM, Guadeloupe People power is making this full-service yard in Pointe-A-Pitre an even bigger draw to owners …

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Fish Panama’s Productive Caribbean Side

Panama is known for offering some of the world’s best sport-fishing. In fact, the International Game Fishing Association has officially recognized over 50 World Records for Sailfish, Black, Blue and Striped Marlin caught in the coastal waters of this Central …

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The East Lemmon Cays, Kuna Yala

Sunset in the East Lemmon Cays. Photo by Liesbet Collaert

What’s your favorite anchorage in the Caribbean? This is a question that’s as difficult to answer as: What’s your favorite country in the world? The Caribbean has a lot of anchorages we love, and they all stand out for different …

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SCUBA Diving Belize

[tps_title]Exclusive SCUBA Diving Tips to Belize Slideshow![/tps_title] Belize was considered by many divers to be a Western Hemisphere water paradise decades before it became the oh-so-trendy destination it is today. Exceptional diving is plentiful from end-to-end of the 190-mile-long (300km) …

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Bocas Yacht Services aka Saint Courtney’s Boatyard!

Lead boats in the Bocas boatyard Photo by Ray Jason

The actual name of the new haul-out facility in the spectacular Bocas del Toro archipelago is: Bocas Yacht Services, but I contend that it should be called: Saint Courtney’s Boatyard. That’s because the owner Courtney Parks has shown more patience …

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Top Ten Anchorages in the Caribbean

1. St. Pierre, Martinique: Impressive Mont Pelée volcano, a black sand beach and the historic waterfront comprise this number one view

We asked long-time Caribbean cruiser and All At Sea contributor Liesbet Collaert to put together a photo-essay of the ten most scenic anchorages in the Caribbean. Liesbet says: “Prep your boat, lift anchor and sail to one of these Caribbean …

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Panama: Atlantic to Pacific with the Corina IV

Panama City from the Amador Causeway overlooking the north anchorage

Approaching Panama, the winds tend to die and the sea becomes still, even glassy. This is what we experienced 60 miles off the Panamanian coast after three days close hauled from Jamaica. The winds had been south of east the …

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The Darién: In the Wake of Discoverers and Pirates

Outer San Blas Islands. Photo by Birgit Hackl

  After Columbus’ discovery of the ‘new world’ in 1492, the Spanish conquistadores subjugated islands in the Caribbean and then focused on South and Central America. The first colonies were founded in the Darién—a region between today’s Panama and Colombia. …

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