Originally Posted by Paul L
We went from San Blas to Portobello without a Zarpe, because we couldn't wait for the Porvenir port captain to show up. The Port Captain in Portobello was very accommodating and made it easy for us to write a little story on a piece of paper and then check-into Portobello and come back the next day and check out with a Zarpe for Shelter Bay.
HaHa, we were tempted to do the same thing. We arrived at Porvenir at 3:00 PM in the middle of a downpour, and as I'm walking in the rain towards the port captain's office, I got called over by the border police, and spent the next 30 minutes answering questions, pulling out passports, and otherwise verifying with him that I was there legally.
In the meantime, the port captain's office closed at 3:30. I walked over to his house and all I could get from him was to come back at 7:30 tomorrow. Thanks to the border patrol, I missed out.
Not a problem, we'll just stay anchored here close by so we can leave early tomorrow.
The next morning I'm there at 7:30, but he doesn't show up until 9:00. Finally walk out with my zarpe at 9:30, which puts our projected arrival at Green Turtle Cay a little too close to sunset for my liking. Plus the weather's still nasty, so we decide to anchor
at Chichime for the night and leave the next morning at dawn.
Never realized it could be so hard to leave a place!
I'll just sail to Portobello and get one there! Thanks