I was at Bruno's Marina on Rio Dulce (on my way to Thailand) when my Mom let me know she had cancer. I left my boat at Bruno's for over two years (with a few short visits) and did not have one problem, whatsoever. During this time there were three different managers, yet my vessel was just as I left it.
Like many security-conscious marinas
throughout the Caribbean
, shots are fired at swimmers and too close cayucas at night, not to kill, but just for emphasis. If your heart bleeds for the downtrodden, there will be many places in Latin America that will be unpleasant for you. Should you have interest in taking action to help those who have fallen on hard times, you will find plenty of service
opportunities around the Rio Dulce.
The RIO is so reasonable. The very best sander/painter gets fifteen dollars a day from me and I catch hell from other boaters for paying too much. Lunch on you is part of the deal. I had my 46 foot ketch
re-soled (new floor of solid teak/holly) for less than 2500 US (with a thin plywood
underlayment and new stringers, all epoxied over) FIRST CLASS WORK.
Still Two years ago there was murderous violence here and similar violent boardings between here and Roatan. If you cruise
here, or anywhere wild, be prepared, self-reliant and aware. I often sleep in my cockpit
and woe unto any poor S.O.B. that makes a play for me, or my guests, on my boat.
None of this gets in the way of an enjoyable existence...