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Billions in gold on legendary wreck

The Naval battle off Cartagena, 28 May 1708. The San Jose, which carried most of the Spanish treasure, was destroyed by an explosion in her powder magazine. The painting, by Samuel Scott (1702-1772), is in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England.

  The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently obtained authorization by Maritime Archaeology Consultants (MAC), Switzerland AG, and the Colombian government to release new details from the successful search for the three-century old San José—a 62-gun, three-masted Spanish galleon that sank …

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By Cruise Ship to the ABC Islands

Aruba’s free-to-ride San Francisco style streetcar, in service since 2013, is an attraction in itself. Photo by Els Kroon

Exploring the Caribbean on a sailing boat is the dream of many, however, if you don’t own a yacht, cruise ships offer the perfect solution. When the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur expanded from Europe to the Caribbean, they set their …

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Rum Review: Dictador 12 Years — Colombia

The minute Terry realized Dictador rum was made in Cartagena, Colombia she knew we had to review. Cartagena is a magical city of narrow streets with flower-draped window boxes and colorful street performers that charm and entertain. Colombia is one …

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Time to Go to Cartagena

Photo courtesy of Tourism Board of Cartagena

A spectacularly rich history that’s instantly recognizable by its colonial wall and fortress stronghold, both visible when approaching by sea, is just one reason to put Cartagena, Colombia, on your ‘must-visit’ destination bucket list. Other enticing reasons include location, below the …

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Review: 12-Year Old El Dorado Rum from Guyana

El Dorado Rum

                The beautiful red box with a square-rigger on the front drew our attention. El Dorado Rum is a 12-year old rum from Guyana on South America’s coast. Not having much information about the …

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Bahia Redonda Marina – Animal Rescue

Animal Rescue

From its inception and with the help of its owners, the Bahia Redonda Marina in Puerto La Cruz has been a free range, no kill animal sanctuary. Over the years many cruisers have taken on the job to help with …

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Santa Marta Colombia: A Pleasant Surprise

IGY's Marina Santa Marta. Photo: Liesbet Collaert

Until not too long ago, the Colombian coast was avoided by cruisers because of its bad reputation.  The country was a dangerous place for locals as well as for visitors, whether they arrived by land, air or sea. This has …

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Venezuelan Marine Supply Celebrates 20 Years!

Venezuelan Marine Supply Celebrates 20 Years!

The last days of August 1993, Vemasca (Venezuelan Marine Supply) opened its doors in Porlamar, Isla Margarita, Venezuela. Back then, the number of sailboats cruising Venezuelan waters was increasing fast and Margarita was the only island in the Caribbean with …

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Cruising Suriname: A Path Less Traveled

After the tropical downpour, the dense jungle foliage sparkled in the first rays of sun. The giant trees and the rig of our boat reflected in the calm, tea-colored waters of the forest stream. Around us, the forest awakened; animals …

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Destination Cartagena

Steeped in history, Cartagena, a vivacious metropolis, has shed its turbulent past and is fast becoming the jewel of the Caribbean.

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Cruising to Cumana

Dave and I recently cruised to Cumana, Venezuela, in our classic trawler, Swan Song.  We go there often to buy diesel for the boat but rarely stay long enough to tour the city and outlying area so this visit was …

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Cruising for Dinner

Countless times we have met cruisers who have either island-hopped their way to the Caribbean or have sailed hundreds of miles offshore.  I am always curious to know if they caught any fish, and more often than not the response …

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Visit Isla Cubagua – Island of Pearls

One of the most enjoyable aspects of cruising is the discovery of beautifully deserted islands, many of which have fascinating histories.  Venezuela is filled with such locales – while most cruisers in this area have been to both Isla Margarita, …

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