We did the trip last Spring, following several friend´s who loved the outer islands, Los Roches and the Aves, before going onto the ABC´s. We sailed on a reach from Grenada to The French Islands and then sailed across the Caribbean
to Los Roches.
Those outer Venezuelan island are considered much safer than Venezuala and I have not heard of any security problems on the cruisers net in the ABC´s regarding Los Roches.
Checking in and out for a long stay is difficult but the Coast Guard in Los Roches were polite and helpful and they were allowing ýachts-in-transit´ two days for sail repair´ etc. before they move on to the Aves. Be careful in Los Roches, there is a reef off the town pier that is not well marked on the charts
or the Navionics
chart plotter. In the Aves there was little correlation between my charts
, the chart plotter and what we saw.
The Aves are lovely and the Coast Guard were very polite when we checked in by VHF
. Again we said we were a yacht-in-transit.
Bonaire is delightful, moorings only, and you should plan to stay there for a while especially if you are divers, the reef is directly under your stern when you are on the $10/day moorings. Beware squalls from the south west, they cause breaking waves that require that you go to the marina or out to sea.
Both Boaniare and Curacao
have excellent provisioning
but in Bonaire you should buy it if you see it as the supermarket runs out of all essentials except beer
. Polar beer is very cheap
in Los Roches.
Spanish Waters in Curacao is a safe anchorage but the water
is nasty so we returned to Bonaire for an extra months diving
If you sail on to Cartagena
stock up with wine and liquor as they are expensive in Cartagena
but Columbian beer is cheap
. In Columbia
are very expensive but labour is cheap. I am paying excellent carpenters less than $7/hr to relay and reseal my teak deck
and sail work is 35% of US or Caribbean