The "Gentlemen's Guide..." as referenced is a good one. Particularly if you want to go south via the Eastern Carib. Alternatively, you could take a more Western route. A couple of options below.
. In 2005, we sailed to Belize
via the Bahamas
, and Bay Islands Honduras
. We jumped off from Acklins (southern Bahamas) to Port Antonio, Jamaica and then to the island of Guanaja in Bay Islands Honduras
(departing from Negril). (In my case I then spent about 7 years in Belize/Guatemala before completing the southern leg of this route just last year.) From Guanaja you can then work your way "around the corner" to Providencia, Colombia
(actually off the eastern coast of Nicaragua
, but a Colombia possession) and onto to Panama
from there. I made this run last year from Rio Dulce, Guatemala
, to the Bay Islands, Honduras, Providencia, San Andreas, Albuquerque Cays, and ended in Bocas del Toro. Will return to Bocas and work our way east across Panama in a few months.
. Many boats come into the Western Carib via the Florida
route and then continue on via the route above. Often after spending hurricane
season in Rio Dulce, Guatemala