So I am waiting on getting Cornell's book. But I am currently in Afghanistan, and I don't want to ship it here, so I am facing a bit of a wait.
Here is my deal. I retire in a couple of years, and my better half has committed to 2 years to sail the Caribbean. I am currently wondering about 2 options and hoped the esteemed readership would provide some recommendations.
Depart from Ft. Lauderdale
a.1NOV - 3 months thru Bahamas, T&Cs, Dom Rep, and PR
b.1FEB - 6 months for Virgin Islands
, Lesser Antilles, down to Barbados/Grenada
c.1AUG - 3 months hanging out below the hurricane belt. Trin/Tobago, ABCs, Colombia
, Panama (if enough time)
d.1NOV - 9 months back up thru Lesser Antilles, BVI, PR, Bahamas and back to Fort Lauderdale
(-)Only a 21 month trip and no exploration of western Caribbean.
(-)May feel rushed seeing Lesser Antilles/Virgin Islands
(+)Fits inside timeline
Same as above until line (d).
d.1NOV - 9 months up thru Lesser Antilles, BVI, and back to Barbados/Grenada
e.1AUG - 3 months in ABCs, Colombia
f.1NOV - 3 months Costa Rica
, San Andres, Honduras
and Bay Islands, Belize
g.1FEB - 2 month crossing to Dry Tortugas
, Keys and back to Fort Lauderdale
(-)29 months - over 24 commitment
(-)not sure on sailing western Caribbean during winter
(-)not optimal time to be in the Keys
(+)lets us see just about everything we want to see/experience
(+)great revisit of favorites in ABCs and in Lesser Antilles
OK, looking for some perspective. I know I am fudging times a bit with the departures around the hurricane belt but I wanted to keep it simple. Any other thoughts/advice appreciated.