The Caribbean is NOT a ripoff! Is that your own assessment or someone told you?
the areas you want to go. As previously stated some are more expensive than others. I have found marinas
less expensive than here on the East Coast
. The skill of the workers are hit and miss just like the states.
I was born in the Caribbean and have sailed to most of the places that I want to go since the late 70's. Lived in Barbados
and the Caymans. Have sailed as far south as Venezuela
however not recommended at present time. I miss it every day that I am stuck here in the cold. I have never been sailing in the Caribbean enough that I was ready to come back to the states.
So I say go and experience it for yourself......you will never regret it!
As others have said the Bahamas
are a bit more expensive but close enough to give you a taste without the journey it takes to get to the Caribbean. Just say away from Nassau!
Ironically the best place in the Caribbean as far as beauty, diversity, marine
, culture and safety
is the closest....Cuba. But have only cruised the southern coast.
I wish you the best of times and a safe passage
in wherever you choose.