Risky business heading that way in September. Hurricanes form off the Yucatan
peninsula quite often, and you won't have a decent place to bail out. It's a long, tough bash getting to Mexico
from the Texas
coast. The Bay of Campeche is often nasty. Running down the coast from there, getting around the tip Honduras/Nicaragua can be a challenge. At that point, you might want to stay well off (50 miles) the coast to avoid Pirate types.
Some Texas friends sailed to Panama
and bought an island there. They left the Keys, went over to the Dry Tortugas
, and crossed over to Isla Mujeres, and down to Panama.
A third option, which I have done, is leave S. Florida
for the Windward Passage
(between Cuba and Haiti). You can sail on the Great Bahama Bank for a day or two. Take a break and anchor
at Nurse Cay, the Jumintos. Once around Cuba, the trade
winds will carry you down to Panama. You can stop in Jamaica
on the way and take a break, re-provision, get water
, etc. This is a sensible route
Have a great trip. Whichever route you take, I'm sure it will be an adventures one.
Here are a few videos of our trip -
And a few photos - Cruisers & Sailing Forums - RTB's Album: Sailing-NE FLORIDA to CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA