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Old 17-05-2011, 15:45   #1
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Bahamas to Panama

Hello everyone,

We're currently in the Bahamas (Exumas) and have commitments here until July 3rd. Our plan after that is to head somewhere (asap) for hurricane season. We were considering Luperon, DR but I don't like the idea of being stuck in the same spot for the whole season. It seems like Panama would be nice since we could move around some (San Blas, Bocas del Toro, etc) and explore. Our insurance company likes the idea of Panama beter than DR also. What route would everyone suggest to head over to Panama from the Bahamas?

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We left from Shark Cay in the Jumientos, and headed south around the east end of Jamaica.........i2f
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Old 17-05-2011, 16:11   #3
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We left from Shark Cay in the Jumientos, and headed south around the east end of Jamaica.........i2f
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What was the total trip time? Did you stop along the way?

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Re: Bahamas to Panama

South-east to Gt Inagua, through the windward passage and then south across the Caribbean.
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Just stating the obvious here, but that is really late to be heading south across the Caribbean during hurricane season--they pop up fast, and even if it isn't hurricane force yet a tropical wave or a tropical storm can spill your drinks. You'll be heading right across the track of numerous storms in recent years.
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Just stating the obvious here, but that is really late to be heading south across the Caribbean during hurricane season--they pop up fast, and even if it isn't hurricane force yet a tropical wave or a tropical storm can spill your drinks. You'll be heading right across the track of numerous storms in recent years.
Yea, We're aware and not really happy about it. Hoping early July is soon enough to miss the majority of the storms. So far the suggested routes are lots of open water and no place to tuck into though.

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Unfortunatley when we left Shark Cay the Windward Passage was the windless Passage, and as soon as we got through the wind turned from the southwest. It took nearly 5 days days to beat to Cartegena with what we thought was a rudder problem.........i2f
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Rio Dulce is sweet (no pun intended) for hurricane season. Getting back to the US or the Bahamas after hurricane season is also easier from the Rio Dulce than Panama.
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Tropical Cyclone Climatology has some interesting data...
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Rio Dulce is sweet (no pun intended) for hurricane season. Getting back to the US or the Bahamas after hurricane season is also easier from the Rio Dulce than Panama.
Hello,

We're open to suggestions and will have to check out Rio Dulce. We just started cruising in March and are very 'green'. One suggestion was to cruise the US East coast but we're looking for something a little more adventurous.

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Having spent the summer fairly recently in Panama (2006) I can say that I don't think it is the best time of year down there. It is very hot and sticky, and they don't call it the rainy season for nothing. Portobello claims to be the wettest place in North America and I can testify that when we were there it rained for several days straight non-stop--the type of torrential rain that meant I had to bail out the inflatable every few hours. Plus the lightning situation is significant. We weren't hit but talked to many people who were. Of course the San Blas Islands are amazing and fascinating and you would still have a good time, but it is much nicer there during the dry season from around November or so through April. The Rio Dulce is equally interesting, but once inside you are basically stuck there in a very hot and humid place until the end of hurricane season, with not too many places to go by boat that don't have security issues. Again, I highly recommend a visit, but it is better during the dry season.

I personally would recommend heading north from the Bahamas up the East Coast to New England, Maine, and Nova Scotia if you have the time. You can get all the excitement you want cruising up there, plus the hurricane problem is a lot less, weather is generally great (though there can be fog), and it is very beautiful. You can leave the northern Bahamas, ride the Gulf Stream, and be north of Hatteras in a matter of a few days, with the option of heading into the coast if the weather looks like it might be turning for the worse.
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