First i will respond to Chrisco, the op, and then in another posting
respond to jason.
Chrisco - take everything Jason wrote and put in the fireplace. Complete nonsense.
Second, we did the run from Florida
to the San Blas. We left Miami
and sailed around to Charlottes Harbor to see our 1st sailing instructor to say thanks and then did a 3-4 day (we think) to Isla Mejuras. From there we hoped down the coast a bit and checked out marina/resort in southern Mexico
that i can not remember but we laid on a mooring
ball. From there we headed down to Belize
and then down to the Rio Dulce for a couple of weeks. From the Rio we went over the to the Bay Islands of Honduras
and worked our way on to the Vivorios. From there we went to Providencea and San Andreas before going over to Bocas Del Toros. We sailed down the coast to Colon but NEVER go ashore there and then on down to Portobelo and on down to the San Blas.
We left Miami
in January and as Gord (i think) said you really have to watch the weather
and run like heck when you got a good wx window and sit out the blows and blows come fairly regular and fairly stong. So you must be patient but as is said all good things come to those who are patient.
Even though you have checked into Panama
you need to check in with the Kunas and pay their fee. Oh while checking in if you want to make them feel a bit better about you get one their flags
and replace you Panama
flag with one from Kuna Yala. It does go a long way.
When you get close to using up all your days just check out and head
over to Cartagena
and check in there and enjoy a great city. Then check out and back to the San Blas and check in and enjoy it again.
We loved it and the only problem we had was at one wedding we went to we were careful not to drink to much but unfortunatly a German boat did not and created havoic for the 4 boats there on anchor. Their home made brew is strong.
I would probably do the same trip again if i was in the same position but please note that it is a long way down there and it will take some time and you really need to watch the weather