I suggest pushing south as soon as possible. In the NW Carib (aparently the Caribbean "improper") there is historically more activity later in the season and many more storms effect the NE Yucatan
, and Cuba
, than further south (Belize, Guatemala
, Honduras). Historically, Belize
only gets a good solid whack about once every 10 years. Cruising Belize in hurricane
season is viable, but most run for the Rio Dulce in Guatemala
at the first sign of a serious storm. The Rio is the ultimate hurricane hole in the NW Carib, no worries about hurricanes there.
While viable to cruise
Belize in hurricane season, keep in mind that the summer nights tend to be squally...so best to choose your anchorages
wisely...and keep a close eye on the weather
for tropical development. The days are normally very nice.
. If I were making an early hurricane season run (or close to it), I would scoot for central/southern Belize quickly. Cruise
there (great cruising ground) till tropical activity picked up then run for the Rio. Hang out, do repairs
, and inland travel (Guatemala is an awesome country) till end of hurricane season. From there, most cruising boats go to the Bay Islands in Honduras
and then around the corner of Nicaragua
to Providencia, Colombia
(great place, actually off the Nicaraguan coast, but held by Colombia)...maybe make a few stops at nearby islands (like San Andres or Albuquerque Keys)...and then on to Panama
. Its not common for cruising boats to stop in Costa Rica
...just not a lot to attract cruisers on the CR Carib coast.
Here on the improper side of the Carib you are out of the hurricane belt for all practical purposes once you get south of about 12N ("storm box" on my insurance
ends just N of San Andres, Colombia).