We're planning on heading to Columbia
later this fall, probably arriving from one of the ABC islands. I know that we'll be stopping in Cartagena
, but was looking for advice on what the clearance procedures are and if there is a way to take in both the 5 Bays area AND Cartagena
without paying clearance and agent fees
My understanding (which certainly may be wrong) is that you need to clear in at Santa Marta if you want to spend more than 1 night in the 5 Bays area (heard it was possible to yellow flag for one night IF your Zarpe lists Cartagena s a destination). However, if you clear in at Santa Marta, I think that you need to repeat the clearance procedure (and fees) when you get to Cartagena?
Can anyone with recent experience shed some light on this? Would also love to hear any recommendations on coastal cruising spots from the ABCs to Cartagena. We have read the informative article by Pizzaz, but would love to hear other's opinions.